As spring approaches, couples may be planning their summer vacations. A couple vacation can be a great experience, in terms of your individual experiences and the health of your relationship. On the other hand, vacations can also lead to relationship trouble.
So what are the potential pros of traveling with your significant other, and how can you make the most out of those two weeks’ vacation?
Travel creates memories:
Couples can use the vacation as a way of creating positive memories and meaning in their relationships Recalling warm memories with a partner can increase feelings, as can looking back on and laughing at a funny memory.
Vacations Refresh Your Attitude and Eliminate Stress:
Getting away from it all can be vital to surviving a tough situation. Even something as simple and close-to-home as camping can help refresh your entire attitude. Done right, you’ll come back with considerably less stress, too.
Changing up your day-to-day routine and allowing for a change of pace can help you prepare for a new milestone in your life, too. By going on vacation together before moving in with your partner, you can get a feel for the type of routine they like. Similarly, going on vacation to a place you would want to move to can help reduce the stress of that move and thereby help save your relationships from experiencing that strain.
Vacations Can Enhance Teamwork and Communication Within a Relationship:
Couples who travel together are more likely to communicate when they have problems and value spending quality time together compared to couples that do not value traveling together. Even infrequent trips can help improve how well a couple will work together over time.
If you’re ever worried that your spouse, partner, or friends are keeping something from you- vacation together. Not only are your lines of communication more open, but those that travel together are more likely to share their feelings more openly and honestly.
Vacations Can Change Your Perspective and Highlight New Options:
When you’re on vacation, you have a bit of distance between you and your everyday problems. By taking your mind off of actively working on these problems you may find that they end up solving themselves or you may come across a brilliant solution your worries had kept you from seeing.
A change in perspective can help you stay calm. Vacations can help you and your family discover new options and meet new people. They can help you remember how well you can work things out on your own and how much little inconveniences aren’t worth holding a grudge over.
Vacations don’t have to be taken together to improve a relationship, either. Some “alone time” or time apart could be just what you need to realize that things really aren’t as bad as you might have thought. Or that the real problem isn’t with your partner or family at all.
Vacations Allow You to Refocus on the Important Things:
Taking a vacation as a family or as a couple can help build lasting, positive memories. Those memories can help you focus on what’s important when times get tough. They can also help shape what you look forward to and how hard you work towards those future goals.
Spending more money and time planning and experiencing a vacation together will provide more long-term happiness and enhance bonds much more than giving a material gift. The emotional impact of a vacation is much stronger and longer-lasting. Strong, positive memories of holidays and vacations even help reduce the likelihood of divorce.