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05/02/2015 05:45 GMT | Updated 07/04/2015 06:59 BST

Why I'm Fleeing the Country This Valentine's Day

There a few worse days to celebrate your birthday than Valentine's Day. Except, perhaps, Christmas Day, when everyone else gets presents as well, or January 1, when everyone's hungover and in bed.

When your birthday's on Valentine's Day, it's not really your day at all. Especially this year, when it falls on a Saturday.

Almost everyone will have a prior engagement, but whether this is an evening with their partner of twenty years or the first Valentine's Day with a new boyfriend, it still sucks.

That's why this February I'm fleeing the country and heading to Dubai. My best friend emigrated there in March last year and, you guessed it, her birthday falls on Valentine's Day.

She shares her birthday with oversized white teddy bears and dozens of roses, and is routinely ditched by coupled-up friends for dirty weekends away and romantic dinners in overcrowded restaurants.

As two long-standing singletons we've spent Valentine's Day together pretty much every year since we met in our first year of uni. OK, there was that one fateful year when we both had boyfriends and ditched each other (never again) but apart from that - it's been us.

February is traditionally the month for celebrating romantic relationships, while the single ones get pissed and end up being sick into a bin or in the bed of some stranger, but at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, we're tired of it.

For that reason, we've decided to celebrate all kinds of relationships with our Month Of Kinship campaign.

While I'm swanning off on holiday with my best gal pal, the UK Lifestyle team will be championing friends, family and community.

This month we'll be featuring tips on how to help a loved one going through a tough time, an ode the rise of digital friendships made through the blogosphere or Twitter and championing people who perform random acts of kindness to those around them.

So whichever relationship you want to celebrate, let us be your one-stop shop for love (and not just the mushy kind).

If you'd like to contribute to our Month Of Kinship get in touch via email or Twitter.