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The Cheapest Romantic Holidays To Book If You Don't Know What To Buy For Valentine's Day

From a dozen red roses and a night's stay in a luxury hotel, to a spa day and Michelin-starred dinner, an online floristry business has calculated the most expensive and cheapest holiday destinations for romantic getaways to make sure you fall in love, and not into debt, this season.

American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou once wrote: 'Love costs all we are and will ever be.'

Now, if you read between the lines we think Maya also meant to say that love costs at least £10 for a bottle of wine, £20 on a trip to the cinema, around about £50 for a romantic meal and a third of your month's pay if you consider booking a romantic getaway for you and your partner come Valentine's Day.

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While 'Dry January, new year credit card payments and the long five-week wait for pay day since Christmas might well be over, for some reason, it hasn't stopped us experiencing a heavy dent to our finances this month.

This, coupled with the fact Valentine's Day is just around the corner, makes for a troubling time for those wanting to celebrate the occasion with a partner or group of friends, without splashing the cash.

That's why online florist Bloomy Days has analysed the world's most expensive and cheap city destinations to make sure lovebirds enjoy the festive season, without having to rummage under the sofa for loose change.

After noticing the differences in sums of money customers were willing to spend on Valentine's bouquets in cities across the world, the Berlin-based floristry business started to investigate the financial disparity for Valentine's gifts across the world.

The research involved analysing the costs for the most popular romantic activities in 50 cities worldwide, including cinema tickets,a dozen roses, entry to a spa, a meal in a Michelin star restaurant, and a night in a 4-5* hotel.

According to the company's website, it standardised factors to ensure 'consistency across different cities and countries' so their findings would be a 'fair and accurate representation of the price comparison'.

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Calculating the cost of a quintessential Hallmark holiday, Bloom Days's price index warns the follow cities are a strict no-go for thrifty travelers:

Los Angeles - £1,081

Venice - £884

New York - £868

Sydney - £856

Zurich - £853

Melbourne - £848

San Francisco - £839

Boston - £805

Washington DC - £784

Basel - £782

Of course, a mini-break to Los Angeles isn't realistic for most people but, when you compare it to other cities in Europe and around the world, you get a picture of just how expensive Valentine's Day abroad can be.

So, where are the cheapest romantic destinations?

For those of us who appreciate celebrating love on a budget, the company found that the Czech capital of Prague is the cheapest holiday spot, where you can splurge on a spa day, hotel and meal etc for just £377.

Bloomy Day's Valentine's Day Price Index 2017
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Meanwhile, Cork, Ireland and Madrid, Spain also come in under the £450 mark, and provide the perfect opportunity to walk around the cities' cathedrals and museums, before relaxing in a pub to watch a live ceilidh and or nip in for a tinto de verano and a slice of jamón at the local boquería.

Prague - £377

Cork - £399

Madrid - £435

Belfast - £464

Cardiff - 468

Berlin - £482

Vienna - £484

Brussels - £502

Lisbon - £503

Vancouver - £504

Unfortunately, couples thinking of visiting Paris – a.k.a the City of Love – this month, might want to think twice as, according to Bloomy Days, the belle ville ranked 27th out of 50 for expense, with an overall cost of £568.

And, for those wanting to stay in the UK for Valentine's Day, you'll want to steer clear of London which ranked 17th most expensive of worldwide city destinations for couples, with a total cost of £653.

Pack your bags, we'll see you in Prague.

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