This week we are talking about creative ways to reconnect with your partner. It is always helpful to get some new and fun ideas to put that spark back into your relationship by thinking of things that are new and different in your relationship.
Trying new things is important to keep your love alive. But, date nights aren't the only ways we find connection with our partners. In fact, it is important to reconnect on an even more intimate level, if time, resources and finances allow, by planning a weekend get-a-way for two! In fact, with a little effort and creativity, you might be surprised at what you can do on a weekend getaway, that might be less than you think!
Today I want to provide some inexpensive ideas that couples can do to reconnect with each other by disconnecting with their "normal" routine. As I was researching some ideas on this, I first thought about ways that have been helpful for my husband and I to be able to get away for a weekend. I have a come up with some "rules of thumb" that I think can be helpful in planning a weekend for two.
1. Talk to your partner. Most importantly, discuss with each other some ideas that each of your would like to do. Do you want to go downtown and stay at a hotel? Fly somewhere warm and tropical? Go on a cruise? Or cozy up in a cabin by the fire? What kind of weekend do you both want to have? Once you both establish some ideas, you are ready to make them a reality.
2. Explore your options. One of the first things I suggest is to think about what is close by. Keeping things on the cheap is best accomplished by staying close to home and reducing your traveling expenses. Utilizing internet tools can help you find great deals on hotel stays (i.e., Triage, Hotels.com, Expedia, Priceline, etc.). You can find inexpensive weekend getaways in your backyard and that can feel like you are miles away!
3. Use Groupon. This is one of my favorite resources to find great deals on weekend getaways, close by or far away. I have used this several times, saving hundreds of dollars on hotel and resort stays that have proven to be wonderful and romantic weekends with my husband. I would highly recommend it. It also is a way to give you some great ideas of things to do, helping you to think outside the box!
4. Beach Retreat. Instead of doing the traditional hotel experience, you might want to consider browsing Airbnb or HomeAway to find a vacant condo, bungalow, or apartment you can rent on or near the beach. By doing this, you have the opportunity to get more room and character than you would from a regular hotel, and you’ll also have a kitchen so you can save money by preparing a few meals "at home" instead of dining out for every meal.
5. Go Off Season. There are lots of fabulous places to explore that can be fun in the off season, not to mention, cheaper, too! For example, when people want to hit the ski slopes or go south for warmer weather during the cold winter month, you can go explore some amazing cities like New York, Boston, DC and Chicago during the off season. The flights and hotels are cheap, making it worth the trip!
There are lots of other options you can explore. Do a Google search or even look on Pinterest and see what you can find. The important thing is, make it a priority to set some time aside for each other to get away and do something together over a weekend! You'll be glad you did!
Written by Emily Freeze, MPH, MA, LMFT
Emily Freeze, MPH, MA, LMFT is a marriage and family therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Emily enjoys doing individual counseling, couples counseling and family counseling. Emily specializes in women's issues, specifically maternal mental health and reproductive mental health.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.