It’s another Friday, and actually, the LAST Friday in June. Half of 2017 is over (that’s insane) and it’s ALMOST the Fourth of July (aka my husband’s favorite holiday). If you visited my site last week, you would have seen my post on our Dominican Republic vacation (read it HERE). My husband and I were lucky enough to be able to take that trip together and I am a huge believer that couples should take at LEAST one vacation a year. Here’s why it’s important.
Vacations with your spouse are so important (especially if you have kiddos). It allows you to take break from the everyday life and just BE with each other. Here are 9 reasons you need to book a vacation ASAP.
You can take long walks on the beach and just talk, you can eat your favorite foods together, or order room service whenever you want. The biggest thing is reenergizing your marriage by stepping back from the everyday life (maybe it’s the fact that you’re always chasing kids around, or your jobs have opposite schedules, or maybe you have lost that connection you once had and need to rekindle your love, etc). Talk about the things you don’t get to talk about regularly, make time to remember why you fell in love with that person.
Forget about everything else the two of you have going on. Drink fruity drinks in the sand, go to historical art museums, whatever it is you like to do. Turn off your cell phones, ditch the internet connection and ignore everyone else except your spouse.
Let go of the after school routines, the papers you have due, the house that needs cleaning, the dog poop that needs picked up. You can lay in bed as long as you want, doing absolutely nothing but snuggling with your sweetheart if you want to. Forget about eating on a schedule. Eat when you want to, where you want to. Calories don’t count on vacation.
This is the start of your “remember when..” stories. They are memories that only you and your spouse will share and nobody else. All of the experiences you have are ones you’ll carry throughout the entirety of your relationship. Whether it’s parasailing over the gulf of mexico, cage diving with sharks in hawaii, or just getting lost in the big city, they will allow you to grow closer together as a couple.
This doesn’t have to be taboo. A study conducted in 2013 by the U.S. travel association states that traveling with your partner is much more likely to create a spark in your relationship than a gift. Often, couples who travel have a better sex life than those who don’t because they feel “closer to their partner when they experience new things together”.
Traveling with your spouse really solidifies the fact that you are at home with them, no matter where you are. I know that when I travel with Adam, I am so grateful for him. I feel so happy to be able to see the world with him by my side. It brings me so much peace and happiness to know that I am lucky enough to be married to my best friend.
Traveling in a pair is always safer than traveling alone. Not that you can’t travel solo (because you totally can) but there isn’t any question that you can be more safe when you travel together. You share cabs, hotels, activities and more. You have an accountability partner, someone to worry when you get lost and someone to help you find where you are supposed to be going.
Traveling is a big deal. It’s about trusting someone to go along when things get hard and becoming a real team player. Things like hiking and camping mean being on your guard and trusting that your partner has your back.
This is my favorite one. When Adam is seeing new things for the first time, his eyes get really big and he gets so excited and I love that about him. I love hearing him speak fluent Spanish and I fall in love with him all over when I’m alone in a brand new place.
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Have I convinced you to book a vacation with you spouse yet? I hope so! You definitely deserve it. It’s important take one vacation a year with your spouse if you can, in addition to the vacations with your kiddos. Remember to put your spouse FIRST, even in front of your kids. They are who you spend your life with, after all.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot with your honey? Let me know in the comments below!