I’m sitting and writing this post with my travel memories as fresh as this itchy sunburn. My husband and I just returned from a weeklong trip to Cancun/Riviera Maya! You see, travel is our self-care.

Travel is our bonding time.

 

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Travel is how we reward ourselves for everything…..for being alive, for being thankful for our blessings, for our hard work and for our marriage.

I think couples can learn a lot about each other when they travel. Whether it’s a road trip or an international trip, being in close quarters and ALONE TOGETHER for a stretch of time can teach two individuals a lot about each other.

What can you learn?

  • How does your partner view the larger world? New cultures?
  • How do they handle lost luggage? (Maya Angelou has a great quote about this)
  • Are they able to unplug and relax? Do they need you to teach them HOW?
  • Does your partner have healthy relaxation skills that you could learn from?
  • Is it easier to communicate about shared goals or values when you both have a break from your daily schedules?
  • Does travel allow you both to fully enjoy interests outside the daily grind? (water activities, outdoor interests, food/wine, museums, arts, music, sports, volunteering)
  • What makes them laugh from deep down in their gut??

I carried my love for travel into this marriage. I travelled often before I got married and now my hubby is addicted to international travel! I had two intense jobs before I got married, therefore travel was my ultimate self-care. I literally flew by myself to New York on a red-eye, dropped off my bags and went running in Central Park. No lie. (Running outdoors is a GREAT form of self-care).

There’s so much to learn about yourself when you venture outside your block, your city, your time zone. Your way of doing things is not the only way.

You are just a microcosm of this diverse, complicated and magical world.

Travelling really reinforces what I’m grateful for. I can’t complain about going back to work when I have a steady paycheck, an office, air conditioning, health insurance and paid days off. Not to mention, a safe home, family, my beloved pups and food in my fridge.

Take yourself somewhere. Go somewhere with your partner or family. It’s freeing to break away from your schedule. Click To Tweet

And as I write this post I have specific song lyrics stuck in my head. This video is in honor of Prince’s birthday today and in honor of your next adventure……Where will the road take you??

 

(Sidenote: We learned of Prince’s passing while on vacation in Denver. The scenery in this video looks similar to our drive in the Rockies. This song was playing on the radio……..)