A Guide To Planning a Surprise Birthday Trip For Your Partner

Are you looking for ideas to make your partner’s birthday extra special? Planning a surprise birthday party is one thing, but organizing a surprise trip is taking it to the next level. Surprise trips will guarantee the most memorable time with your spouse and friends. This is also a great way to take a break from your busy schedules and spend some quality time together. We can help you pull off an exciting birthday trip. Let’s dive in!

** This is a collaborative post.

Start Early

Planning a surprise trip takes a lot of time. Rather than panicking at the eleventh hour, make sure you start as early as possible. From finding a destination to booking flights, there is a lot to do. 


Pick a Destination

Does your partner love a beach vacation? Did they always want to travel to a particular city? These are some factors to consider when picking a destination. You also have to think about logistics. If you just have a weekend available, then flying across the country is probably not the best use of your time. Going to someplace closer would be better.


Clear Your Schedule

In addition to clearing your schedule, you also need to make sure that your spouse is free as well. If they have any important work commitments around that time, you should think about choosing a different calendar date. If possible, get in touch with their work friends to ensure no major projects are coming up.


Ask Family & Friends To Join

To make the surprise birthday trip even more special, think about asking close family and friends to join you. It will certainly make the planning process a bit complicated but it’s absolutely worth it! If you’re planning a group trip, check out Outer Banks vacation rentals.


Make Party Arrangements

Talk to the vacation home or hotel staff about making arrangements for the birthday. If you are inviting family and friends, then you can throw a party. On the other hand, if it’s going to be just the two of you, then a romantic dinner would be perfect.


Don’t Tell Too Many People

Avoid sharing all the details with too many people. We would also suggest you don’t make a group chat for the surprise. It’s quite easy for people to send a message to the wrong group and ruin the surprise. Take extra precautions by communicating exclusively via email. 


Make ‘Fake’ Plans

Making fake plans is one way to ensure that your partner doesn’t make any other plans on their birthday and to simply throw them off the scent. You could tell them that you have made a dinner reservation or booked something else. To further avoid suspicion, tell them the restaurant name and the time. 


Get Assistance for Packing

Are you planning to keep the birthday trip a secret till the last minute? In that case, your partner will probably not have enough time to pack. If you’re not sure what to pack for them, you should get help from their friend or sibling. 


Play It Cool

Whether your partner saw a message about the surprise or there was any other slip-up, don’t worry about it. Play it cool instead of trying to desperately cover it up and risk making your partner even more suspicious. And it’s not the end of the world even if they find out about the surprise. You can still keep the destination and guestlist a secret. They will surely appreciate your efforts, no matter what.


Successfully executing a surprise trip is not an easy task, especially if you have an observant spouse who generally picks up tiny details. Hopefully, our tips help you create an unforgettable experience!


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Hi, I’m Anna, a travel loving wife to Tristan and Mother to 6 year old twins Poppy and Tabitha, their 3 year old sister Matilda, and together we are Twins and Travels.

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