Sparking things up doesn't have to burn the entire bank.
Want to re-ignite the sexual fire in your relationship? Perhaps, it's time to hit the road. A survey by the U.S. Travel Association found a weekend vacation is more likely to spark romance in a relationship than giving a material gift.
Of the 1,100 American adults surveyed, 72 percent reported that traveling improves their sex life and strengthens their romantic relationship. Yet, the New York Times bestselling book The Normal Bar reports that 75 percent of all American couples have never taken a romantic vacation.
It is easy to understand the benefits of a weeklong vacation in a romantic beach villa. But you don't have to travel so far from home or spend a lot of money to reap the romantic benefits of traveling together.
Here are five ideas for a simple weekend getaway that will offer all the sexual benefits of an exotic vacation — without busting your bank account. For each romantic getaway idea, we've included ideas to turn up the heat for an unforgettable weekend.
1. Take a spontaneous road trip
One of the biggest romantic benefits of traveling together comes from the surplus of time together. A vacation allows you to talk, connect, and rediscover your love for one another. A road trip is an ideal scenario for enjoying long conversations with your lover while exploring the world together.
Pick a destination no more than two or three hours away from home. A few hours in the car might be great fun, any longer can start to feel tedious. Look for a small town in your region with something special to offer: a great restaurant, a historic site, a winery or brewery, or an artisan workshop that offers tours.
Take the opportunity to learn something new together reading the Wikipedia page about your destination out loud during the drive. Allow the road trip to help you feel free spirited.
Crank up the radio, stock up on fun car snacks, and open the windows wide. Amp up the erotic excitement by pulling over on a secluded road and making out (or more!) in the backseat of your car.
2. Find your muse
Seeing beautiful sites is one of the benefits of a romantic getaway. You don't have to travel far to get inspired by beautiful art. Most regions have a few towns that are known for art galleries or perhaps a city near you has an art museum.
Dress up in your best clothes and spend the afternoon wandering the galleries together. Take the time to discuss art that catches your eye and be specific about what you find inspiring.
Taking the time to learn what you both find beautiful and inspiring will inspire you to see the beauty in one another. Consider buying a small piece of art for your home — there are often very talented artists selling original works on the streets outside of museums.
Also, stop into the museum store or a local art supply store and buy a paintbrush. When you get home, treat your lover's body like a work of art. Dip the paintbrush in warm water and run it up and down their body, creating a feather-light caress, and bringing your lover's entire body to attention! Follow this full body warm up with slow, sensual lovemaking.
3. Indulge in a spa staycation
If your favorite part of vacation is a spa treatment, you don't even have to leave home to relax and indulge. If you have kids, ask a friend or family member to take care of them for the day and then transform your home into a spa for two.
Put your phones away, turn off the computers and spend the day relaxing together. Clean the bathroom top to bottom. Put a small vase with a single gorgeous flower next to the sink. Draw a bath for your lover, scatter candles around the room and invite them to relax in the bath as you lovingly soap them, head to toe.
Kiss her and then leave her be, allowing her to fully relax in the warm water. Then meet your lover in the bedroom and give her a full body massage. You can transition seamlessly into delicious lovemaking — and that would never happen in a real spa! Get a delicious meal delivered and end the day by eating in bed, making sure to save room for dessert!
4. Explore the great outdoors
Bring out your inner wild child with a romantic getaway to the great outdoors. Find a local state park and, either, camp out or rent a cabin for the weekend. Many state parks have great swimming holes and hiking trails so you can spend your days exploring nature and being invigorated by fresh air and sunlight.
Make dinner time easy by packing a cooler full of delicious food that requires no preparation, so you can build a campfire and then relax and dine on fresh fruit, charcuterie, cheeses, a rotisserie chicken and perhaps even a fancy treat for dessert! Enjoy cuddling in front of a roaring fire, stargazing and all of the wild noises of the great outdoors as you curl up in the tent together.
If you really want to feel free and frisky, hike into a remote part of the park and make love outside. If you are too shy to strip all the way down outdoors, simply go for a long make out session next to the river, pressed up against a tree or near a raging waterfall.
5. Shatter your comfort zone
Has your relationship settled into a rut? Shake things up by taking a romantic getaway and seize the opportunity to participate in an extreme sport. Go skydiving, bungee jumping or complete a ropes course together. The pure adrenaline rush will create a lasting bond of intimacy for you and your lover and many people find the rush to be highly erotic.
If you are afraid, even better! Facing your fears together will build trust and remind you of what it means to rely on one another. Complete your extreme weekend by trying something new in bed together, bringing the same courage and surrender that you used for the extreme sport to your love life.
Perhaps you want to explore erotic spanking for the first time! Being in a new location can make trying new sexual experiences easier, with a refreshing distance from your every day life you may find it easier to go beyond your comfort zones both in and out of bed.
The benefits of a romantic getaway can strengthen your relationship and refresh your intimacy. By taking the time to explore the world together, unplug from your digital life, experience new physical and intellectual stimulation and feeling the thrill of new experiences, you and your lover will emerge from a romantic getaway feeling closer, recharged and more intimate than before.
You don't have to go far from home or spend a lot of money to experience the benefits of a romantic getaway — it really is the effort and attention that counts. For over 100 ideas for new sexual experiences, check out "The Erotic Bucket List" and never have a dull weekend again!
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