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Who says that Valentine's Day has to be all about flowers, chocolates, and perfume?

We say – go a little different this year!

Indeed, if you are in love with a gamer, you might want to consider the following delights on February 14…

Left to right: Gamestop  Play Station 4 –  from €299.99

Gamercon Convention Tickets , Dublin – from €25.00

Littlewoods Gaming Headset  – €44.99

Nerdymugs Mug – €12.52

Left to right: Spreadshirt Gaming is my life hoodie – €41.25

The Dawson Spa, Dublin Couples Massage at  €149.00

Zipit Ziplining Dublin, Roscommon and Cork €30.00

Barts Tahan Beanie €25.00

Left to right: Greenes Restaurant Tasting menu – €59.00pp

Budget Travel Paris breaks – from €159.00pp

Victoria's Secret Lace Bustier – €67.04 and Knickers €30.75

Ann Summers Chocolate Body Paint – €10.75


Valentine's Day is a great excuse to get away from it all for a day or two, and the fact that it falls on a Saturday this year makes a weekend break all the more appealling!

Here are five budget-friendly destinations, both in Ireland and abroad, that would be perfect for a Valentine's break!

See you there!

With direct flights from Cork (Aer Lingus, KLM) and from Dublin (Aer Lingus, KLM, Ryanair), you could be in Scotland's capital in just over an hour! With its cobbled, hilly streets, Edinburgh is a great city to explore hand in hand with your Valentine! Head up to Arthur's Seat for a gorgeous view of the entire city, where on May Day it's traditional for women to wash their faces in the dew to keep themselves beautiful. Relax after your walk with lunch (and a cocktail) at the Swedish-run bar-restaurant Hemma, just minutes from the famous hill.

Surely there's no better time to visit the city of love than on Valentine's Day! Skip the jam-packed Louvre and head to the Musée D'Orsay instead for a look at Monet's famous water lilies. Far more romantic! In the evening, crack open a bottle of wine on the banks of the Canal St Martin, where the city's young people gather for chats, picnics and music. Of course, if the whether is chilly you'll have no shortage of wine bars and cosy bistros to choose from! Fly into Charles de Gaulle airport with Aer Lingus, or choose Ryanair for Beauvais airport – further out but with a reliable bus service to the centre.

Aer Lingus/KLM fly directly from Cork and Dublin to this stunning Dutch city. We can't imagine anything more romantic than exploring the city's bridges and canals by bike, before stopping for a cold beer to cool off! The cheeky Sexmuseum near the Central Station is a must, for the weekend that's in it!

Hop on the train from Dublin and you'll be in Northern Ireland's capital before you know it. The Titanic Experience are running a special Valentine's Afternoon Tea in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic Suite, starting at £25 (€33.50) per person. Or if you two would rather just relax and enjoy each other's company, head to the Victorian St. George's Market for a stroll around the many flea-market style stalls.

​Easily accessible by bus from all over Ireland, the magical city of Galway is sure to bring out your fun side this Valentine's weekend! Check out some of the city's legendary pubs like the Roisin Dubh, Tig Coilí or Naughtons, or head to Salthill for a blustery beach stroll! With everything from budget B&Bs to the swanky G Hotel on offer for accommodation, there's something to suit every budget here.




Fancy a few days away with the girls but don’t think your budget will stretch? Read these top tips and you’ll be sipping piña colada’s by the beach – well not quite, but a beer in a nice hotel would do us just fine…

Check out online deals
Seriously, there are so many online deal sites where you can pick up a gorgeous hotel for next to nothing. Try not to book direct through the hotel as you aren’t likely to nab any deals doing this.

Only do carry on
If you want to head abroad for a few days, ditch the bags. Only do carry on and you can save yourself a fortune. If possible, wear as much clothes as possible if you can’t fit it all in your carry on – you might be a bit hot, but it will be worth it!

Be flexible
If possible, be flexi with your dates. Avoid Bank Holidays and weeks when schools are closed. This is the time when accommodation is the most expensive.