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Ah, the honeymoon. Half the fun of planning a wedding is knowing at the end of the expensive affair, you and your new spouse will embark on a dream vacation of newly-wedded bliss. But where is that dream destination? If you said on the soft shores of a white sand beach, you're only partially correct—you forgot to include Mickey Mouse and slot machines.
We took the Gatwick train out of London and made our way southwest 25 miles. The day before we were ducking out of all-you-can-eat buffets in Chinatown, still waiting to see if the position, any position, would come through. We had met in Prague: him, the Australian backpacker, and me, the American English teacher. Now in the UK, he was employable and I not. Then the word came: Positions available, couples preferred. Bar and server experience a must. All pay under the table, room and board inclusive. Start tomorrow. Watching from the window, my eyes followed the changing panorama: industrial cityscape; baguette stalls lining the commuter stops; row houses, all identical except for the garbage littered gardens, but even then, that too, took on a cloak of uniformity. We passed bleak urban villages now indistinguishable amongst the city’s sprawling grasp, yet still managing distinction if but in name only: Chiddingfold, Effingham, Limpsfield, Titsey, Leatherhead…
We all want to bring our vacations home with us, but it seems as soon as we get in the door, the demands of home and work begin to affect us. Soon the glow of our vacation is nothing but a distant memory and some photos in a book. So how can you extend the feelings, relaxation and ease of mind you achieve on vacation into your day-to-day?
When most of us say that "we need a vacation," we actually mean that we need a break away from our daily grind. Burnout is high when life is overly focused on all that you have to do. So even if you cannot leave town, there are creative ways to change up your routine. And while staying in town may not seem as fun as traveling to a destination, staycations can be an enjoyable alternative for any couple. Not only will you avoid the stresses and costs of traveling, you'll also have more time to focus on each other.
You want to spend your vacation at a spa resort, your husband's idea of a good time is a weekend at the golf course, and your kids can't wait to test out the latest hot rides at the amusement park. Is there such a thing as a family vacation that makes everyone happy or are you destined to hearing the children grumbling from behind their DS, "are we there yet" while you're refereeing their arguments from the front seat?
Travel with a sweetheart always sounds rosy and romantic but the truth is, from morning breath and sharing one bathroom to picking where to dine and deciding who is getting up with a morning hangover to help the kids, can all wreak havoc on your idyllic getaway.
Everybody needs a little time away, or so the song goes. Traveling has benefits for everyone: it opens our minds to new thoughts, allows us to unplug and step into something far more relaxing and pleasing to the senses than the everyday hustle and bustle. For couples and families, it's a particularly special time for reconnection and intimacy. Need more convincing? YourTango Experts have put together the top 10 benefits of a great vacation.
Taking a vacation as a couple can help you build memories that will carry you through the tough times relationships experience with everyday life. When we go away we are usually more carefree and it is easier to be present with our mate. Studies have shown that experiencing new situations together brings couples closer: going on a holiday can be an opportunity for couples to grow more deeply in love.
Imagine this scenario. You've waited months for your vacation, you've spent thousands of dollars for your special trip and halfway through your trip you realize you've made a big mistake. What started out as an escape from your busy and stressful life has turned into a complete waste of time and money. Maybe your kids ruled the day, you had no time for yourself or the "intimacy" you were craving with your spouse was lost before you even boarded the plane.
With summer quickly heating up, many people are thinking about vacation. And with good reasons, between the long winter and our increasingly hectic lives, for many of us, the premium that we place on planning and enjoying our precious time off is something we live for.
It's no secret that places like Paris and Rome rank high on the romance scale. Looking for somewhere truly exotic to get away to? Whether you need some serious snuggle time in the sunshine of the southern hemisphere, or the adrenaline rush of a foreign city, look no further. Let the romance potential of these far-flung destinations lull you and your partner back into love.
Would you walk 2500 miles to your wedding if you thought it would better prepare you for marriage? One engaged couple from Michigan is actually planning a pre-nuptial, cross-country hike.
Mardi Gras is here (!), and you can bet New Orleans will be a spectacle of booze, boobs and beads. However, if you didn't get a chance to visit "The Big Easy" for this year's celebration, it doesn't mean you can't still celebrate. As a way to include you and your partner in the last hurrah before Lent begins (tomorrow), here are six ways the two of you can celebrate the indulgence that is Mardi Gras right from your own home. Low-Cost, Last-Minute Mardi Gras
We know you like to travel, but we want the details. Would you rather do a romantic weekend in wine country, or a winter cruise to Alaska? Hike the Grand Canon or bungee jump in New Zealand? Do you prefer traveling alone or with your family? Are you a green traveler, a luxury traveller, or both? Take our short survey and let us know what you think!
They say Italians do everything better: style, fashion, food, art, fun and yes, SEX. We can generalize all we want, but somewhere within lies the truth. So what is their secret? Why do they do it better? The secret ingredient is Confidence. Italian men are confident and self-assured. They dress the part, they look the part, they act the part and they also smell the part (I have to tell you, a good smelling man can flip the switch, if you know what I mean!). They walk out the door with “I am the MAN!” written on their forehead and just make it happen.
We all want to do something exciting for Valentine's Day. It is the day dedicated to Love and the day we get the green light to feel special and appreciated by our mate. But sometimes, our day to day routine gets us stuck and it is hard to break out and get in touch with our creative sexy side.