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How to Surprise Your Loved One With a Trip to The Caribbean Without Them Knowing

Discover the secret to surprising someone with a mystery vacation and see some creative ways to reveal the surprise trip to your partner.

Surprises are not always easy to plan. Even if you desire to do something secretive to surprise your partner, it can be hard to know what steps to follow. So how do you surprise someone with a trip away? 

Don't worry, because in this little blog, I am going to show you exactly what you need to do to surprise that special someone with a getaway to the Caribbean

As far as surprises go, this is an unforgettable one!

Think about what they want

Before you go working behind the scenes, you need to ask yourself if your loved one would appreciate the surprise aspect or whether they would prefer to be part of the planning process. A lot of people love surprises but some dislike the concept so make sure you give that some thought. 

Get their details 

If they would love a surprise then let's start getting all their information together for the reservation. First, you need their full name as it appears on their ID, along with their date of birth. Next, you need a copy of their passport for international travel and you need to check that they have their paperwork in order so that they can fly to the place you want to visit. 

A really important thing to also review before you book anything is their calendar. 

Checking the calendar to help plan a surprise getaway in the Caribbean

See what other events they have planned, find out when they can get time off work, and use that as a guiding factor so that you can plan accordingly. 

Book your vacation surprise

Whilst I'm sure that you will want to review all the destinations, resorts, available suites, and local attractions of your vacation, all of this needs to be done in secret. This means that you should do it when your loved one is not at home, or when you are out of the house. 

And remember, some people will know that something is up and try to find out what it is you're hiding so make sure you leave no trail of your activity. Delete your browser history, pay with a card that they don't have access to, leave no receipts, destination guides, or other hints around the house for them to find, and make sure none of the information is going to their email. 

It's always better to book far in advance for the best deals and discounts. However, the longer you have to keep this secret the less likely you are going to do so. Therefore, you may want to consider a last minute booking so that you can more effectively keep the surprise. 

Make sure you have everything ready

If you book a suite and flight package, you will likely have most of the surprise vacation already sorted. If staying in an All Inclusive resort, then everything you both need is already at your fingertips. However, you should also consider ground transportation to and from the resort along with any other tours or activities outside of the resort that you would like to enjoy. These should all be booked in advance when possible, along with any Spa treatments or additions you want to include. 

Booking a surprise trip online via a laptop without your partner knowing

How to keep the surprise trip a secret

Some people are great at keeping secrets for the ultimate surprise whilst others struggle with it. Focus on the long term joy that they will have though, choose a time to reveal it, and stick to the plan. If you can distract yourself for a while so that you are not constantly thinking about it, that will help. 

If you have to tell someone, tell your pet. Often some of the best secrets and surprises are leaked by telling the wrong person. Lastly, do not give hints. The more hints you give, the more you will want to tell them as you see their excitement grow. 

Add in some distractions for a mystery vacation

In no way is dishonesty something to encourage. But for a brilliant surprise, you can definitely throw in some diversions to help keep things interesting. If your partner knows that you are going on vacation but does not know where; you could leave some misleading information for them to find in poorly hidden places.

For example, you could leave travel brochures about cold and windy locations, do searches online for the best time of year to visit Poland, or simply buy more winter clothes for your loved one.

What about packing the bags?

This one is tricky because you need to include everything that your partner needs but you also don't want to give the game away. There are several ways to go about this. 

One option is to pack their bag for them but not let them see what is inside or what you have packed. This is an option for partners who are very very confident about what their partner needs to bring, however, it is a problem at the airport unless you are the only one checking in bags since everyone needs to know what's in their bags. 

Packing your bags for a surprise vacation in the Caribbean

The next option is to not tell your partner what kind of mystery vacation it is or what to pack but let them pack for every possible option. This is a fun one but can lead to bringing a lot of things that they do not need and can leave them slightly underprepared if they get it really wrong. 

The last option is to reveal that it's a summer vacation without telling them the destination so that they can pack accordingly. This is the safest option but maybe not the most exciting. 

Decide on a surprise trip announcement time

When are you going to tell them that you are going on vacation? You might need to tell them this in advance so that they can get the appropriate time off work. What about the destination? When will you reveal that to them?

This is really up to you. But bear in mind that when they get to the airport they will see the destination, and when they get off the plane, the reserved ground transportation will likely have signs with your resort name on it. No surprise lasts forever so you want to choose the best moment to reveal it. 

You could reveal it all a week before your trip, a day before, or the same day, or you could just let them get to the airport and find out for themselves when they see you staring at the airport departures board.

Departures board in the airport of a Caribbean destination

Either way, make a plan and keep to it. 

Creative ways to reveal a surprise vacation

The reveal can be a big moment if you want and there are many ways to reveal a big surprise like this to your partner. Here are a few ideas:

  • Watch a movie set in the destination. Then talk about how wonderful it would be to visit that place. 
  • Write a love letter with a plane ticket in it. 
  • Give them a vacation appropriate gift. It could be a hat, sunglasses, or something else they need for their getaway. Then tell them that you thought they might need it for their upcoming trip. 
  • Create a video slideshow with photos of the destination or resort and then end the video with the dates of your vacation. 
  • Make an advert for the fridge. You can make flyers easily online nowadays with a free program. Simply make a flier that looks like a vacation advert and place it on your fridge for your partner to find. 
  • Place a QR code somewhere in your house that links directly to your resort website or the suite that you booked. 

These are just a few reveal ideas for your trip but I'm sure you can come up with many more. However you choose to proceed, may the surprise be extraordinary and may the time you spend together on vacation be full of memories that last a lifetime. 

As you go about planning your surprise trip, check out some honeymoon and anniversary packages to see if you can make this vacation even more incredible!

Tags: Romantic vacations in the Caribbean

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