(BPT) – The past couple of years have changed the way we’ve interacted with our romantic partners. Many of us have devoted our time to become teachers, coaches and chefs for our families, and some older adults have retreated indoors, limiting their activities because of health concerns. While connections still happened during this time, there may have been added strain to the circumstances. May is Date Your Mate Month and a great time to focus on reconnection in the more traditional way – with a date night! It’s the perfect opportunity to plan a day or evening date, or a weekend getaway with your significant other, especially if you both are recent retirees.
If you’re an AARP member, there are many discounts and benefits available that can help you plan quality time or a weekend getaway with your partner. Here are just a few ideas:
1. Take a romantic weekend trip.
Planning a romantic weekend trip to a new or favorite destination can be just what you and your partner need to reconnect. Whether it’s the beach, the mountains or the city, after a fun day of spending quality time together, it’s important to find a safe and clean hotel or rental to relax and unwind in at the end of the day. AARP members can take advantage of saving 10% or more at Holiday Inn Express® an IHG Hotel, and La Quinta® by Wyndham offers AARP members 10% off the best available rates, so you can enjoy your trip with your significant other without breaking the bank.
2. Put your relationship in overdrive.
If your weekend vacation spot is in driving distance, consider renting a car from Avis or Budget for your getaway to save miles on your personal vehicle – plus taking a new ride out for a spin can make a road trip journey more exciting. AARP members can save up to 35% with Pay Now, plus get an upgrade on compact through full-size car class bookings (based on availability), add an additional driver at no cost and more.
3. Catch a performance.
Schedule a night on the town with your significant other and catch a live performance by your favorite musician or band, or attend a comedy show with Ticketmaster®. Laughter is often the best medicine, and it can be a memorable way to reignite your relationship. AARP members can save on tickets to select shows and events with Ticketmaster®. Offers include 2-for-1 tickets, Me + 3 (4-packs) and events with select tickets under $40 (Subject to availability, venue and artist restrictions).
4. Dinner and a movie.
You can never go wrong with the classic dinner-and-a-movie date night. Make a reservation at your favorite restaurant and book tickets to that romantic comedy or action flick you’ve been waiting to see. AARP members can save 10% on food and nonalcoholic beverages when dining at Outback Steakhouse. For the movie, consider purchasing your tickets with Regal Movie Tickets. AARP members can save up to 20% on Regal ePremiere Tickets purchased online (conditions apply). Tickets are valid at all Regal locations nationwide for all movies and showtimes. As an added bonus, members can save $3 on popcorn and soft drink combos for that after-dinner snack.
This month, take the time to refocus on your relationship with your mate by planning a special date night or weekend. To learn more about the benefits and discounts for AARP members to help you prepare for your ThursDate or weekend trip, please visit www.AARP.org/save.