Even though Valentine’s Day is really only a quasi-holiday, it is still supposed to be a special day spent with loved ones. Unfortunately, not everyone gets to be with their other half on Valentine’s Day. This is especially true in the transportation industry. Although most transportation companies try to make every effort to get their drivers home for holidays, Valentine’s Day is not typically one of these designated holidays. For those of you who have loved ones out on the road, here are a few things you can do to celebrate and make both you and your beloved driver feel special.
Honey at Home:
- Call Your Sweetheart- You probably call regularly when he is out on the road, but this is a special occasion. Emphasize how special he is. Even leave a sweet voicemail on the phone so he can listen to it when you aren’t available to talk.
- Skype/Facetime- Much of our communication is through our eyes and facial expressions. While phone calls are easy to do while multi-tasking, you miss much of what makes the message personal. Using Skype or Facetime is a very simple way to talk and it is the next best thing to seeing someone face-to-face. Set aside time to sit down and have a focused and visual conversation. If you want to get really creative, you could have a skype dinner date. Set the table, light some candles, and skype while you enjoy dinner, just like you would if you were together.
- Buy Him a Meal- If you know your driver’s route and you know a place that he typically stops, call ahead and buy his meal for him. You could even leave a note and have his server give it to him as he eats. The staff will surely help you; after all, everyone loves romanticism.
- Spend Time With Other Loved Ones- It is important to show your love to other people in your life on Valentine’s Day too. Spend some quality time with your children, parents, or friends. This could be a fun night for you and it will help you keep your mind off of missing your driver.
- Plan Something for When he Gets Home- You know your driver better than anyone else, so plan something that he will enjoy for when he gets home. This could be a nice home-cooked meal and a back rub or it could be a big party. You could also go on a nice date, plus restaurants and movie theatres will be much less crowded. Whenever he gets home, just do whatever you would normally do on Valentine’s Day and pretend that it is February 14th. Who knows, it could become a new yearly tradition!
From the Road:
- Send Flowers- With a quick Google search, you can find a flower shop near your spouse that delivers. It is a quick and easy way to show that you care. Don’t forget to send a personalized message with the flowers, it will make the gift that much more special.
- Buy a Gift Card for Her to Get Pampered- Call one of her local nail salons or spas and buy her a gift card. She can use the card a couple days before you get back and feel renewed and appreciated.
- Keep a Journal- Start a journal with thoughts and notes for your honey at home. Encourage her to do the same and you can exchange them when you get back.
- Mail a Letter- There is something especially thoughtful about writing out a letter to someone you love. What a nice surprise for her to open the mailbox and have a love letter from her sweetie?
- Plan Something to Do When You Get Home- This goes both ways. While she understands you’ve been working hard, it’s nice to know you were thinking of her from the road. Something simple like picking a few songs that reminded you of her while you were gone and dancing to them, or asking to take a bath or to snuggle together shows you were planning sweet ways to be close when you returned.
No matter what you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, make it special and enjoy the time you get to spend with your loved one.