Its that time of the year again—vacation time! We all know that vacations can be a great way to recharge ourselves…but they can also recharge our relationship. Regardless of budget I highly recommend that couples take at least one vacation a year together (and by together, I mean just the two of you—no extended family or with friends). Here is why vacations can be so helpful for couples:
- Positive Anticipation: Planning a vacation collaboratively together creates an opportunity for you to have something to look forward to. Planning in advance gives you something fun to research months ahead of time. Couples that have established their yearly vacation as a tradition find that it gives them something to look forward to even during difficult times.
- Down Time: Vacations can serve as a way for couples to get much needed unscheduled down time together. Getting away from work and obligations at home can reduce stress and make couples experience their interactions with each other more positively.
- New Experiences: Whether its skydiving or floating down a lazy river in an inner tube, trying something new with your partner can bring you closer together and create new positive memories with each other. It can also help you to show a side of yourself to your partner that you’re not usually able to during the normal blocking and tackling of daily life (In need of this? Plan some adventurous activities for your vacation).
- Increased Sexual Intimacy: Positive Anticipation + Unscheduled Time + Fun New Activities Together = Increased Desire to Connect Sexually. Just don’t forget to make sure to leave some time for sexual intimacy to happen.
On a budget? Try these ideas:
- Offer to house sit or pet sit for a family member or friend who lives in a place you’d like to vacation.
- Go camping!
- Look for newer AirBnB listings. The prices are normally much lower for new listings, in which the host needs more reviews.
- Look into which credit cards offer the most points towards travel related expenses.