It's important to remember the swimsuits and sunscreen, but DON'T forget the s-e-x.
"The happiest place on Earth" isn't Disney World—it's a family where both mom and dad are intentional about nurturing their marriage (and sex life). But many couples plan the family vacation without planning for sex for sex.
Sure, you're cramming people into a hotel room, a tent, a camper or Aunt Edna's spare bedroom. Privacy is limited at best and potentially non-existant. However, completely losing sight of healthy sexual intimacy is only going to add to the stress of the family vacation.
Here are 5 tips for making sex a part of your family summer vacation:
1. Have sex the night before you leave.
At least begin your vacation with a little sexual satisfaction if you know it's going to be difficult to squeeze in. Plus, pre-vacation sex will add some mutual tenderness to the car trip or plane ride the next day. *wink*
2. If at all possible, book adjoining hotel rooms instead of one hotel room.
This way you two and the kids are sort of seperated. Don't hesitate to say to your children, "Mom and dad want to talk for a little while alone. Knock on the door if there is an emergency." Put on a movie for the kids in one room and go in the other room with the door locked. You don't have to leave the kids alone all night. After your sexy time, unlock the door and move everyone around. Make it a big sleepover!
3. If you have very young children, get it on after they are asleep.
This is possible in one hotel room. Yeah, quiet sex wouldn't be my first choice, but quiet sex is better than no sex, right? If you have babies or toddlers sleeping in a nearby bed or crib—trust me!—you can make it work. Even if you don't have intercourse, you can still find ways to please each other.
4. Shower together.
The shower or bathroom floor or counter can be lots of fun! Don't hesitate to use your imagination.
5. If sex is a no-go, at least make the effort to express sexual interest.
Even if sex isn't a possibility because you're cramped in a tent, camper or other tight space, you can show interest. Hold hands, passionately kiss, sneak away on a walk, or share a look that says, "I want you, even if I can't have you right now." Expressing your desire is better than expressing blatant indifference.
Only you know what will work in your unique circumstances. Be intentional, plan ahead and get creative with your sexual intimacy!