Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant to be spent with that special someone. But when you are in the trucking industry that means you may not always have that chance. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to make that special someone feel special on Valentine’s Day even if you are miles apart.
- Call – If you are out on the road, chances are you regularly calling home and checking in with your loved ones already. But this holiday by just sending the same message in a different form can make all the difference. Call when you know they will not be available and leave a sweet voicemail that they can listen to again later. If you have a smart phone you can also record and text them a short voice message.
- Cards – Everyone loves getting cards in the mail but mail can be hard to keep up with if you are not always at the house. Keep stamps on your truck and grab a post card from a truck stop or send a card from your terminal. Nothing say’s ‘I’m thinking of you’ like a card sent from far away. And if you don’t have time to drop off a card at the post office, just send a 21st Century card! An e-card! E-cards can be emailed to your sweetheart with one simple click. And best of all, if you know that you will not have Wi-Fi on Valentine’s Day you can go online and make the card ahead of time. You just have to schedule it to be emailed the day of! Some websites will try to charge you for an e-card, but there are many sites that offer them for free like bluemountain.com, 123greetings.com, and americangreetings.com/ecards.
- Skype/Facetime – Sometimes hearing your loved ones voice is not enough, you want to see them too! Free software like Skype lets you do video, voice and text interactions. And if you have an iPhone you don’t even need a computer to quickly ring up your sweetheart and see how they are doing. Have family members in multiple states? Then you might want to try some Skype alternatives like ooVoo and Google Hangouts which lets you video chat with multiple people at once.
- Buy a meal – You may not be able to sit down and enjoy a meal with your family or loved one while you are on the truck, but that doesn’t mean a nice meal is impossible. Find out what your Valentines favorite restaurant is and call ahead to get them reservations and arrange payment over the phone. Because going the extra mile for love can make all the difference.
- Flowers/Balloons – You really can’t go wrong with flowers. But after taxes, delivery and convenience fees; sending some roses can quickly add up. Do an online search for local flower shops near your Valentine and see if they deliver. You can typically call in an order that will be much cheaper than using a big online retailer. Does your loved one have allergies? No worries! Most flower shops also have balloons they can deliver instead. A couple red balloons with a Mylar that has a special message is bound to warm any heart. Most shops also have balloons that you can personalize with your own message.
- Make Plans for Home Time – Can’t bear to celebrate alone? Then celebrate Valentine’s Day on your time. If you can’t be together on the 14th, then celebrate on the 18th! Love has no time limit! Making plans for when you will be together is a great way to show how much you care and that you are thinking of them while you were away.
However you decide to celebrate the day of love this year, know that any gesture, big or small, is always appreciated.