By Stephen Mattson,
For couples, a summer vacation is a rare and wonderful experience. It’s a romantic opportunity to share your love for each other and get to know your partner on a deeper and more intimate level. These trips don’t just happen, and they require much forethought and planning.
Here are some tips for making your next vacation unforgettable.
1. Find a destination appealing to both individuals
When planning and discussing options, honestly communicate both the positive and negative feelings you have regarding each location. Make a list of things you both want to experience, and try to find a location that meets the majority of your requirements.
No matter how similar certain couples may be, they all end up disagreeing on some level. Make an effort to enjoy the interests of your partner. Some days may feature sites and entertainment you find attractive, while others may demand your patient participation. Ultimately, the vacation is about both of you, and couples vacations aren’t meant to favor one individual over the other.
3. Give yourselves privacy
Avoid spending large amounts of time on the computer and cell-phone. Many well-intentioned vacations have been ruined because individuals fail to restrict themselves from their work, family and friends. Put the focus on the two of you and don’t allow for any unwanted distractions. If you have children, this may mean finding childcare for an extended period of time. Don’t be afraid to ask your parents or grandparents to babysit, and if all else fails, many destinations now offer high quality childcare services.
4. Decide on social activities together
Certain couples prefer to spend their time within various social settings. Some are secluded, preferring time alone and far away from civilization. Others are extroverted and want to spend their time in relationally energetic environments. Other couples fall somewhere in between. Find out what type of social environment best fits your style. If you’re a couple seeking peace and solitude, planing a trip to downtown NYC is not for you. And if you’re an outgoing couple seeking more social interaction, don’t plan a nature hike through the Appalachian Mountains.
5. Determine a Destination
When choosing a place to visit, carefully research and investigate every location, hotel and service provided. Cruises resorts, and road-trips all offer great options for couples to take advantage of, and choosing which option is right for you depends on many variable factors.
Cruise offer great food, numerous forms of entertainment, and allow for couples to stop and tour various ports along the way. When booking a cruise, check for hidden fees and ask for guarantees. Sometimes various cruises require couples to participate in social games and activities, and the restricted space makes the trip more attractive to couples who are comfortable surrounded in crowded environments.
Resort tend to have larger rooms and accommodations, and most offer trips and tours throughout the surrounding region. Like cruises, the best deals are usually all-inclusive, and although these have higher up-front costs, in the long run couples will save money by not having to spend on food, drinks, and entertainment. The increased space and freedom to travel also offers couples more privacy than they would otherwise receive on a ship.
c) Road Trips
A simple road-trip can also offer an inexpensive and romantic getaway for couples looking to spend time together. All you need is a car and some spending money. These trips tend to favor couples who are free-spirited and prefer not to be hampered down by deadlines and structured agendas.
No matter where you decide to travel, remember that the trip is about strengthening your relationship and learning more about your partner. Above all else, enjoy each other and have a great time.