Monday, February 11, 2013
Having a Marriage Like No One Else-Tip 5
We went on a trip. Just the two of us. Without our kiddos. Without phone service.
And it was really, really nice.*
Raising children is hard. It's exhausting at times. And let's be honest. It can make a marriage grow stale if you're not careful. By the time you get the kids to bed, you often don't have any energy left for your spouse. The thought of doing anything for anyone else (even when you love this person) can make you panic.
"I just want some time to myself."
That's what is so great about going on a trip. You aren't spending every moment of your waking hours taking care of someone else so you are able to invest in the one relationship that matters most.
Believe me, I understand trips can be expensive. Really, I do. I am the biggest cheapskate of all. But with a little planning (and maybe some creativity as far as activities and meals go), a trip is absolutely doable with most budgets. Here are a few tips that might help you prepare for your next trip:
1. Save every single month for a trip. Put the money in a "TRIP" envelope so you'll know exactly how much more you need.
2. If possible, pack your own meals. Bring a cooler with sandwiches. At the very least, bring your own snacks to avoid airport or quickstop purchases.
3. Search for the best rates using Expedia or other similar websites.
4. Book your trips during off seasons. You can save a lot of money by traveling when other people are staying in.
5. Pack well to avoid purchasing things that you forgot. (I forgot aloe vera on our trip, and literally had to buy a bottle for almost 15 dollars. It broke my little frugal heart!)
Trips can be marriage-savers, so I hope you'll think about taking one. If you're marriage is already strong, imagine how much stronger it would be after taking a few days to invest in it. And if you're marriage isn't so great, why not give it a try? It certainly couldn't hurt.
To read the rest of my marriage posts from this series, click on the links below:
Tip 4: All About Love Languages
Tip 3: Making Date Nights Happen
Tip 2: Doing What You Used to Do
Tip 1: Getting Rid of Expectations
*If you're wondering about our trip, we went on a cruise to the Bahamas with Royal Caribbean. We are convinced that cruising is the best way to travel-both in regards to cost and in regards to relaxation. Seriously, we paid less than 200 bucks a piece for the cruise, all meals included! Book late and get an interior room, and you'll save a ton of money.