Whether your plan is to relax with massages and mai-tais, or you're hoping for an active adventure of zip lining and sightseeing... if you're going on vacation as a couple, you'll want to steer clear of stressors that can ruin your time together. Use these five helpful tips for romantic getaways.
Romantic Getaway Tip 1: Have a laugh. Odds are, at least one thing will go wrong during your time together -- ranging from lost luggage to a bad sunburn -- and at some point, you will have to be flexible if plans change. You'll get to know a lot about your guy (his temper, and his drinking habits) when you see how he reacts to these mishaps. If you accidentally order the $300 bottle of wine thinking it was $30, it's reason to be annoyed -- but don't let it ruin the remainder of your trip. S
Romantic Getaway Tip 2: Consider him a manly man. Being on vacation together should help you to see how your interests overlap. But a word to the wise: don't use your man as a replacement for your girlfriends. Even the best of guys have limits. Respect the fact that the same way watching him pick out power tools or video games bores you to tears, he may not love everything that's pink. So if you're looking for a vacation that is a mani-pedi spa extravaganza, take it with the girls, not your guy (unless of course he is into that sort of thing). Try to plan equal opportunity activities that you'll both end up enjoying.
Romantic Getaway Tip 3: Bring snacks. The old saying that the way to a man's heart is through food holds true where travel is concerned. It's also a method to make your guy way less cranky. When you're sightseeing, you never know when a half hour line or waiting for a table may push a few buttons. If you carry a few protein bars in your purse, he'll not only love you for it, but it may help avert World War III with a restaurant hostess.
Romantic Getaway Tip 4: Factor in some "me time". Okay, it's understood that you might just have to try on the swimsuit you passed by in a shop window -- hey, you're only human. This is what "me time" is for. While you shop for an hour, it will allow your guy some time to check scores, read the news or whatever he wants to do (do it with the promise that you'll model any of the new items you purchase.
Romantic Getaway Tip 5: Sex it up. What fun is vacation with your guy if you can't get back to why you love one another in the first place? From flirty little gestures while you are sightseeing to taking one day out of your trip to do nothing but enjoy the view from your hotel room, vacationing one on one will no doubt bring you closer as a couple. According to statistics, 31% of couples annually take a romantic getaway together. For many, this will be the first of many to come. And we have heard and instinctively know, that compromise and planning are key to any relationship, especially when taking it to a new postal code.