When was the last time you had a weekend getaway with your spouse?

There’s something really special about leaving home to recharge and reconnect. Having a break from our day-to-day duties and demands gives us the opportunity to enjoy our spouse. Once when my husband and I were on a trip, he looked at me and said, “I really like spending time you!” We needed alone time away to remember.

It’s easy to let the urgent things of life prevent us from making the time to get away with our spouse. Our schedules get filled quickly with hobbies, kids’ activities and work that it seems there’s not enough time to make it happen. The truth is that we do have time, we just choose to spend it in other ways.

Spend some time this week to chat about a weekend getaway with your spouse. You can follow these easy steps:

  • Pick a date on the calendar: You may have to cancel commitments or rearrange things. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it. Even if you have to schedule your getaway a few months out, get it on the calendar. You’ll have something to look forward to!
  • Arrange for childcare: Ask grandparents if they live nearby. If they’re not available, ask trusted friends. You can even offer to do the same for them so they can get away for a night or weekend.
  • Find a location: Traveling to another city can be fun if you have the extra time and money. But if that’s not possible, consider other options closer to home. Be tourists together in your own city.
  • Make a reservation: Check local resorts or vacation rentals for your chosen destination. If you’re a member of AAA or another discount club, do research on their website. Ask friends for recommendations. Bed and breakfasts are great options and can cost less than a traditional hotel.
  • Brainstorm activities: What do you enjoy doing together? What is something you’d like to try together, but haven’t had the opportunity? Cooking classes, hiking, and a couple’s massage are a few fun ideas.
  • Hit the road: Pack appropriately and have fun!

Getting away together is a necessity in marriage, not a luxury. We need to be reminded of how much we like spending time with our spouse. It gives us the opportunity to relax, connect and strengthen our relationship.

I’d love to know: where is a favorite weekend getaway spot that you’ve been to with your spouse?