It’s a hard knock life for singles who at least expect that 14th of February will be uneventful, but it looks like many couples are also going to have nothing to do this Valentines

Gumtree reports that over 60% of South Africans polled will not be giving any valentines day gifts and do not expect to get anything either. 

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The love is not dead but our budgets are

Although romance can be a bit of a challenge during a pandemic, the frail condition of romance is not the actual reason the colour of this year’s valentines has gone from a passionate red to a cool blue.

According to Gumtree, most South Africans just can’t afford to spread the love. “Budgets are so much tighter in 2021 due to the current tough economic climate. Respondents reinforced this, with one saying ‘It’s all I have thought if I had more I’d make it rain on her’, and another saying ‘I’m always broke on the day’,” said Gumtrees Estelle Nagel.

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While a lack of funds might mean no roses delivered to your desk at work and definitely no impromptu getaways, but all is not lost.

Many couples are choosing to have quiet dinners at home, romantic picnics in the garden and good old fashioned breakfast in bed, not only because of budget constraints but also out of fear that romantic hot spots could become COVID-19 spreader hot spots too. 

Nagel reminds lover to also plan their home dinners well especially if they plan on having alcoholic beverages which will not be on sale on Valentine’s day because it falls on a Sunday.

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Romantic day trips you can enjoy for free

While there isn’t a free magical carpet ride to these destinations, you can spend the day enjoying the scenery in the fresh open air with the one you love or the whole family for free. 

  • Visit The Wilds in the heart of Johannesburg – recently revitalised with boosted security and magnificent art by James Delaney, this is a great venue for a romantic stroll, that’s particularly lush after the recent rains. 
  • Browse the art galleries in Rosebank, Johannesburg, including the Everard Read Gallery, the Goodman Gallery, Circa on Jellicoe, and nearby Gallery Momo. 
  • Wander through the glorious Durban Botanic Gardens, Africa’s oldest botanic garden and the city’s oldest public venue, or enjoy the serenity of the Durban North Japanese Gardens
  • You could spend the day on Durban’s world-famous beach – or you could cycle or stroll along the promenade, stopping for a chat and a coffee or lunch along the way. 
  • Do a free city walking tour of the Bo Kaap, City Centre, or District Six, with @capetownfreewalkingtours
  • Learn more about sustainable community living at the Oranjezicht Market, open every Saturday and Sunday. 

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