Was it a stressful winter? Did you and your spouse have a life-changing experience such as the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, an act of infidelity, or an emotional reconciliation after a break up? Or have you been so busy with your daily schedules that you seem more like roommates than man and wife? Whether any of the above fit your particular circumstances, this summer might be a good time to plan for a getaway.
Concentrate on You...
Spending time alone with your spouse away from the daily responsibilities of established routines can be a great way to strengthen the bonds of your union. As you begin to make your plans, take into consideration your time, budget and preferences. Will it be three days or three weeks? Champagne or Coke? Beach, mountains, adventure, or leisure – talk with your spouse and agree on the particulars of what you want to accomplish during your time away.
Budget travel: If you’re traveling with significant budget restrictions but have a flexible travel schedule, discount deal websites like Groupon, Amazon Local, Living Social, and Travel Zoo offer multiple opportunities for significant savings to a variety of locations near and far.
Meet new people: Are you and your spouse a gregarious and dynamic duo that loves meeting new people? You might consider TripTribe.com – a member-driven, group travel community that matches members with like-minded strangers for travel to destinations foreign and domestic. Et voilà – instant friendships!
History buffs: If mental stimulation is more your bag, you might consider Black CouTours – an African-American history, destination-planning service company. Interested in Africa? Perhaps you’ll travel to there with Bono Tours & Safaris.
Mission-minded: Ready to impact the world? If you’re looking to fulfill the great commission with your spouse in the mission field, try websites like shorttermmissions.com, missionyear.org, and globalfrontiermissions.org. You’ll find the information and inspiration to launch out into the deep.
To add purpose to your partying and resolve to your relaxation, you might also consider a marriage retreat. There are several with activities scheduled for this year, including:
• WinShape – winshape.org
• Cedine Ministries – cedine.org
• Weekend to Remember – familylife.com
• Intimate Marriage Weekend – bethelridge.org
• Romance in the Ozark Mountains – eaglefamily.org
Whichever type of getaway you two choose – wherever you plan to travel – recognize the invaluable benefits of quality time together and cherish the memories you make.