By Erick Clifford
Whether you are a newlywed, or have been married for a long time, if things start to feel a little too routine in your marriage, then perhaps now is a very good time to take a little break from the everyday and plan a romantic getaway. A time to enjoy each other's company for a week or two, free from work, stress and kids. Here are six secrets every couple should know for a very romantic vacation together.
1. Cold Destinations Are Actually Better.
Yes! Sub-zero temperatures and warm, cozy hotel rooms, are the perfect formula for a trip full of romance and passion. See, with very icy climates, like the ones in Alaska, Iceland or Canada, it’s easier to get into a cuddly mood in front of a crackling fireplace, enjoy the Jacuzzi, or call some room service and spend all day in your hotel room.
2. Remember that Popular Locations Aren’t Really an A+.
The truth is, many of the most romantic places seen in movies or magazines, aren’t really as romantic in real life. Think of Saint Peter's Cathedral in Italy, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or Niagara Falls in the United States; the three are well-known spots, which means that thousands of people choose them as destinations to travel to. Sadly, this means they can turn into very generic places to visit, full of couples and other people - which can make your moment together feel less special.
If you want to have a more unique experience together, try searching for less-known destinations, that way you won't have to deal with the huge crowds. And if you want to travel on the cheap, check out these unique places to stay for under $200 a night.
3. Have A Romantic Arrival.
Let’s be honest, taxis really aren’t very pretty and are not the romantic way to arrive. When you’re planning a romantic trip, you have to make it feel special and unique, that’s where the real magic truly is. So, come up with a romantic way to arrive at your hotel or bed and breakfast - via a trolley, carriage ride, limo, or private shuttle. If you are watching the bank, then simply come up with other small ways to make your arrival romantic - open the door for her, steal a kiss from him in the elevator, or call ahead and have flowers waiting in the room.
4. Pay Attention to the Small Details.
It may be a new sweater, a novel by his or her favorite author, a favorite candy, etc. Whatever it is, taking some time to purchase something your loved one would enjoy during the trip, can really make a huge difference in boosting the romance factor on your getaway. Small actions like these are unexpected gestures and a good way of showing your affection, especially if you surprise him or her by hiding the gift in their suitcase so he or she can discover it while unpacking.
5. Plan Surprises.
Surprises are romantic. Period. With a little research and creativity you can surprise your spouse in numerous ways. It could be a surprise note or breakfast-in-bed, a secret hiking excursion or not even telling your partner the destination you're heading to at all until you are already on board (big surprise). You know your spouse and what will surprise him or her, so just use your imagination.
6. Enjoy the Here and Now. Together.
You get no reward by living in the past, because you don’t have control over it anymore. So try to make the most out of each moment in the present, and fully appreciate it. Live in the moment on your romantic getaway, and cherish your relationship with your spouse today. You will be surprised at how a little bit of mindfulness can make you feel more connected with each other. You may notice new things you haven't before, like the way he or she touches you or kisses you, or the way his eyes sparkle when he laughs, or the adorableness of her laugh. This is your time together, so be positive, be generous, and enjoy each other in the here and now.
Photo Credit: Caitlinn Mahar-Daniels
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