If chocolates are your go-to present when you haven’t had the time to plan something special for your significant other, it’s high time to plan something sweeter, like a vacation. According to a UK survey, going on a vacation can help marriages last longer.
In fact, the data revealed that going away on a vacation at least twice a year is one of the secrets to a happy union. Of the respondents, 58% say going on a vacation reminds them of the reasons they love each other. Others say that they like going on vacations because they get to spend more time together.
Here are the do’s and don’ts of planning a getaway together:
Don’t put it off.
If you need to search for destinations, don’t put it off, just as if you need to make any reservations, do it right away. Taking care of the preparations at least three weeks ahead helps you save and lets you look for an alternative in case something goes amiss — an important thing when you want your romantic holiday to go off without a hitch.
Do inject elements of surprise.
With work and life getting in the way of your planning, you might need to divulge some of the details of the trip to your partner. This doesn’t mean you should miss out on the mystery, however. You can keep mum about your exact destination, for instance.
Consider a place you have both wanted to visit but never got a chance to or choose an extra-special, romantic hotel, maybe one that allows for a well-deserved spa break for both of you. Your significant other will appreciate this added touch of surprise thoughtfulness.
Do plan a staycation.
If you’re absolutely strapped for time, plan a staycation instead. Search interesting neighborhoods where you can try new things out together. You can also prepare a lavish breakfast in bed, and stay inside your room the entire day, just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.
Your staycation doesn’t always have to be grand. What matters is the effort that you put into generally planning to do something romantic together. Wanting and making time for each other works wonders for strengthening relationships. It could even work better than any fancy box of chocolates!