Getting away with your partner can be a fantastic way to reconnect, reaffirm your love for each other, or move past a rocky patch in your relationship. If you really want to feel the benefit of a romantic trip you need to plan ahead.
There are certain steps you can take to help make your couple’s vacation the perfect experience for you and your partner. Luxury travel providers eShores have recently worked with marriage and relationship experts to find out their top tips for reconnecting with your spouse on a romantic getaway.
1. Plan ahead
This doesn’t mean you have to schedule every single moment of your holiday but having a conversation with your partner before you travel about your plans, especially what you want from the holiday, is a good idea. Rachel MacLynn, the founder of dating site The Vida Consultancy, says- “Discuss anything that you particularly want to do beforehand, so you can plan accordingly and avoid any minor arguments.”
Sit down with your spouse and set out where you want to visit, what you want to see, and check beforehand that everything is achievable in your timeframe. The last thing you want is to plan a whole day of sightseeing only to set off and find that attractions are closed, or distances between them mean you have to miss something out.
A little time planning can make a big difference when it comes to avoiding unnecessary arguments.
2. Strike a balance
When planning your trip, be careful not to overload yourself with too much to do. The reason you are taking this trip is to reconnect with your partner and you need to allow time to just be with one another.
Francesca Hogi, Love and Life Coach recommends that-
“You don’t schedule so many activities that you don’t have time to decompress and relax together”.
Leave time to unwind and relax – otherwise, you could wear yourself out and miss opportunities to enjoy your spouse’s company.
3. Take time to be apart
This may seem counterintuitive on a couple’s vacation but giving yourself time to be away from your partner is important. Psychotherapist and couple’s counselor, Tina B Tessina, recommends that you-
“Plan to spend time together and time apart. On vacation, we tend to be in confined spaces: hotel rooms, ship cabins, airplanes, and cars. You may find this is too much closeness, so plan to get occasional breaks from one another.“
When there are different things you like, doing them separately can give each of you a bit of a break, reduce tension, and refresh your shared time.
4. Be flexible
Planning is incredibly important for a couple’s holiday, but you can’t control everything and should accept that some things may not go the way you intended. Learn to accept that this is fine!
Dr. Brian Jory, Couple’s Counselor, and Author says-
“Be flexible. You go away together to leave the mundane and predictable behind. Make it an adventure, not a quest to have everything like it is at home. Every little thing that goes wrong is a chance to be spontaneous and rise to the occasion.”
5. Put your phone away
In today’s world, it is easy to get caught up in technology. We use our phones and laptops for entertainment, communication, and to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world around us. But when you’re on vacation with your spouse, you should make more of an effort to unglue yourself from your phone, laptop, and tablet, and learn to relax in your partner’s company without distractions.
Dennie Smith, Founder of Old Style Dating, recommends staying off your phone-
“Put your phones and laptops away. Make the most of your time away with each other, explore your holiday destination, enjoy chatting about the sights and soaking up the sun.”
Staying on your phone or other electronic devices risks putting a barrier between you and your partner, preventing you from getting the most from your trip. Consider agreeing times when you can check messages and emails and leave phones alone for the rest of the trip.