At the end of every year I take out my journal and reflect on what went right with my life this year, what was absolutely awesome and what needs improvement. And then, like many others, I set goals and make resolutions for the coming year. People often make resolutions to improve their personal health and wealth. But this upcoming year, I want to encourage you to join me in making some New Year's resolutions to improve our romantic relationships. One of the best places to start is with travel.
Travel broadens your horizons by helping you embrace new cultures. It also breaks you out of your comfort zone to try new things, and it helps you enjoy one another in a more open and relaxed way. Below are six New Year's travel resolutions for you to consider that will help improve your relationships and help you plan a romantic getaway to focus on fun, fantasy, and fitness!
1. Go On A Real Romantic Getaway Select a place you can both enjoy. There's a way to take a romantic getaway no matter what your budget level. It may be a camping trip close to home, a weekend getaway to a neighboring city, an island excursion, horseback riding at a dude ranch, a cruise for two, Paris in the Spring, biking the Appalachian trail, and I could go on and on with ideas. Discover what works best for the two of you. Commit to making it an honest-to-goodness romantic getaway — no cell phones, no laptops. Mark the dates on the calendar and keep it like you'd keep any doctor or business appointment. For inspiration, pick up a copy of my book, The Romance Lady's Guide to the 50 Sexiest Destinations To Woo Your Lover.
2. Let's travel to get physically fit together. You can certainly bond as a couple when you exercise together at your local YMCA or neighborhood health club. But to improve your relationship even more this year, travel with fitness and fun in mind. Ideas could be hiking together in one of our state or national parks. Go skiing together at one of the ski resorts all over the country. Then cuddle up in front of the fireplace and share your ski experience at the end of the day. Other ideas include snorkeling, learning to scuba dive, taking a bike tour or going white water rafting.
3. Take A Cooking Class Together Cooking together will build a connection as you try new things together. You can start small by cooking one dish or create an entire romantic dinner for two. There are many places you can travel to and learn to cook. The Barcelona Cooking School in Barcelona, Spain, Baipai Thai Cooking School in Bangkok, The New Orleans School of Cooking, and the Culinary Institute of America schools are just a few of the classes that will help you improve your cooking chops. And your experience will be more memorable than any souvenir.
4. Take A Wine Tour Georgia Mountain wineries, Michigan wineries, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and California's Napa Valley are all great states to sample premium wines. Go for the day or spend the weekend for an unforgettable good time. And if you're inspired to sample wines around the globe, consider Buenos Aires in Argentina, Santorini in Greece, Cape Town in South Africa, and Chilean Pantagonia in Chili.
5. Fulfill a Sexual Fantasy Topaz is of my favorite romance novels by Beverly Jenkins. One of the heated love scenes in the book takes place on the front porch during a violent rain storm. I've always wanted to do that with the hunk of my dreams. Okay, that might be too much personal information. My point though, is that this year, make one of your resolutions to fulfill a romantic or sexual fantasy of your partner. Check into a hotel that caters to fantasy like Cove Haven resorts in Poconos, Pennsylvania. Where, among other sexy things to do, you can take a bubble bath for two in a champagne glass shaped hot tub. Other ideas include, the Prestige Club or Sybaris Suites near Chicago, and clothing optional vacations like Caliente resorts in both Tampa and the Dominican Republic.
6. Attend a Special Event or Music Festival All year long, special events take place in just about every community around the world. Whatever your interests — from celebration of dance to the running of the bulls — you'll find a festival celebrating with food, folks and fun. This is an excellent low-budget option as many local festivals are free of charge. In Chicago, the Blues Festival, Gospel Festival and Jazz Festivals are all free to enjoy great music. Contact the tourism offices in your state and get their calendar of events. If you can, extend your trip into a long weekend.
There are also some major music festivals for the two of you to get your groove on: Montery Jazz Festival in California, St. Kitts music festival, Reggae Sunfest in Jamaica, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Rio de Janiro's Carnivale. Don't forget your costume!
Any one of these romantic getaway travel ideas can help improve your relationship in the New Year. And the best part is they can be done locally, usually within a two hour's drive of your hometown. Or if budget allows, take a romantic vacation to a destination of your choice. Why not do all six for an unforgettable year of romance?
Donna Beasley, The Romance Lady, is a romantic travel expert and travel writer who encourages couples to create memorable romantic moments, honeymoons, vow renewals, and other special romance occasions in travel locations throughout the world. She is also the publisher of Romance Travel Magazine and author of "The Romance Lady's Travel Guide to the 50 Sexiest Destinations to Woo Your Lover."
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