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Travelling as a Couple: Tripping Your Way to Love!

Travelling as a Couple: Tripping Your Way to Love!

Enhancing your romantic relationship can be done in many ways. One strategy that can truly enrich your connection is to plan and take a trip together.

Take action with these ideas and deepen your love for each other:

  1. Plan a time to talk about trips you’d like to take. Something magical takes place when a couple shares their travel desires.
    • Listen carefully to what your partner says about the places they want to visit.
    • Can you see it in their eyes—the excitement, the wonder of the locale?
    • Decide on a destination you’ll both enjoy.
  2. Share hopes. As the time for your trip draws nearer, bring it up as a topic of special conversation between just the two of you.
    • Ask what your partner is looking forward to the most.
    • Share what you’re most excited about.
    • Half of the joy you feel about the trip occurs before you actually take the journey.
    • Make the time leading up to your trip one of intimate conversation.
  3. Research some specific romantic locales for the trip. Include some extra-sizzling sites on your itinerary.
    • Romantic experiences can provide the most memorable moments of your trip.  
    • If you’re travelling to an ocean side city, plan a morning or evening walk on the beach.
    • Find a restaurant with a flair for romance, like a private dining room, foods you eat with your fingers, or soft sofa seats made for cuddling.
    • And what’s more romantic than a night out in Paris with the lights of the Eiffel Tower glistening?
  4. Write something romantic to your partner. In anticipation of your trip, write words to express your love to your partner.
    • Compose a poem, buy a greeting card, or simply profess your love in a detailed letter.
    • If you’re an artist, you can even include a picture you sketched.
    • Present your “love letter” to your partner the night before or the morning you leave for your trip. Start off your trip with a great romantic gesture!
  5. Schedule in couple’s time in the hotel. Being alone together in a hotel in an exotic locale will allow you to relax and enjoy each other.
  6. Every year, strive to have a week-long trip alone. Consider yearly trips to be necessary relationship maintenance. If you’re unable to spare the time or money for a week, then shoot for a long weekend.
    • Continue to rediscover what’s special about your partner.
  7. Focus on making frequent eye contact. The eyes are the window to the soul. View every moment of your partner’s reaction to seeing the destination for the first time. If you’re returning to a favourite place, there’s likely some sort of magic there for you.
    • Plan on staying in tune with the love of your life on this trip by gazing into their eyes and renewing the love you share.
  8. Work in a few surprises during your travels. Unexpected pleasures are often the best part of travel. Plan a special dinner your partner doesn’t know about or go on a surprise shopping spree.
    • Be spontaneous! Even walking around a farmers market in the morning in San Francisco or visiting a sacred place can be a truly awesome experience.
  9. Document your memories with a postcard. Here’s a simple suggestion to keep the wonderful memories of the trip alive after it’s over. Find a postcard that captures a wonderful memory and mail it to your partner. 
    • Write something wonderful like, “I’m so glad I got to share this trip with you,” or “I know I’ll remember this vacation forever,” or a simple “I love you more than words can say.”
    • The postcard will likely be delivered before you arrive home or a few days later. Your mate will be touched that you thought to mail them a romantic postcard during the trip.

With a little imagination and effort, you can experience a romantic and memorable time with the love of your life. Trip your way to love this year and every year thereafter.

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School’s Out for Summer; Enjoy Family Fun for Free With a Staycation!

The annual summer holiday is a treasured family tradition that ensures family fun and relaxation. These days, the cost of a family get-away can seem astronomical due to the expense of holiday entertainment and accommodations.

However, you can avoid the cost and fuss of travel and lodging by making the most of the home you have created for your family. By prepping your home, you can create a fun, holiday-like atmosphere that’s relaxing for you and your family.

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Staycations also allow you to holiday with your pets in a place that’s familiar and comforting for them, reducing stress on your furry friends and the entire family.

Try these steps when planning for your next staycation:

1. Clean and organize your living space. A great deal of the enjoyment from staying in a hotel or resort is the clean, comfortable atmosphere surrounding you.

  • Clean your house for tidiness and sanitation. Knowing you’re in an extremely clean environment will free your mind of worries that plague you during normal days at home.
  • Completely catch up on your laundry. After all, even on a holiday outside of your home you would need clean laundry for the week. The goal of having clean laundry is to match the atmosphere and comfort level that you would experience at a place away from home.
  • If you would prefer not cleaning your home yourself, search the numerous websites that give coupons or discounts on cleaning services. Websites such as Groupon and LivingSocial offer such coupons for many cities.

2. Plan activities to do in your home or surrounding area. A staycation should still be active. Staying at home the entire week of holiday is impractical and can cause friction after a few days. Survey and utilize your surroundings to plan fun activities for the entire family.

  • Do some research in the weeks beforehand and have a game plan in place.Kids04
  • Look into low-cost or free local attractions to visit during the day. Depending on the interests of your family, these may include a museum, butterfly garden, aquarium, or a picnic at the local park. Many local education-related venues allow kids in for free.
  • Not every activity has to be outside of the home. Plan activities that your children enjoy doing, such as arts and crafts. If your children are older, play sports or set up a slip and slide in the backyard.

3. Turn off the electronics. In order to create a relaxing atmosphere it’s important to disconnect from everyday life.

  • Turn off your cell phone and shut down your computer. Make arrangements with work beforehand and communicate that you’ll be out of touch for the entire duration of your holiday.
  • On your work email account, you can set an automatic response that will reply to senders to let them know that you’re out of the office. This way, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your responsibilities at work will be handled.

Having a staycation is a positive, cost-effective way to take a break from your everyday life. Taking a short break from life’s responsibilities will allow you to become inspired to do better in other aspects of your everyday life.

Your mind, body, and soul deserve a break, even if an extravagant holiday is not financially viable at the moment. With a little creativity and some extra effort in planning, you and your family can experience a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday – right in your own home.

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