If your partner has a special birthday coming up, a surprise trip for two is the perfect gift. If you have never organised a surprise holiday before, here is a step by step guide to booking a trip and pulling it off.

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Set a Budget

Before you begin looking at potential destinations online, it is essential that you put a budget in place. Once you have decided on a figure, you must then break it down to decide how much you will spend on transport, accommodation, activities, food and drinks while you are there.

Decide on a Destination

The first step to planning your trip is to decide on a suitable destination. The best way to do this is to jot down a number of places that your partner has expressed an interest in. Then jot down another list of the activities he or she loves. For example, does your partner love the beach or prefer action packed city breaks? Is there a place that he or she has always wanted to visit?

Do your Research

Next you should go online and research all of the possible destinations you have listed to get further information on each place. Make a note of the cost of accommodation and travel to each place and note down one amazing thing that makes you want to visit each place. Use this information to settle on an exact location for your trip.

Book your Accommodation

This is something to do quite early on in the planning process. The earlier you book your accommodation, the more money you will save. Go online to discover your options. If you have chosen a city break, you can choose from a range of self catering apartments or a hotel depending on your needs. If you have chosen a beach break, you could choose anything from a villa in Spain to a hotel in Cornwall or Holiday Cottages in Northumberland.

Book your Transport

If you plan to fly to your destination, it is essential that you book this as early as possible also. Flights tend to go up as you get closer to your departure date so if you want to get the best deal you need to act fast. The internet can help you shop around for the best deals and with a bit of research you could find cheap flights to your chosen destination.

Surprise your Spouse

Lastly, you will need to decide how you will surprise your partner. Will you surprise them with tickets in a card? Or will you drive them to their airport under the pretence of meeting family and friends?