Do you and your love desperately need a romantic get-away? Perhaps child, job, or financial reasons prevent you two from jetting off to a cozy beach cabana in a tropical country. But even if you aren't able to take that exotic couple's vacation soon, this doesn't mean you can't enjoy passion, intimacy and excitement close to home right now.
Just about everyone enjoys a break from the normal routine. No matter how action-packed your life is, it can be fun to step outside the box and try out a new way of living and interacting. This can put a new passionate twist on the way you and your love connect too!
Don't wait around for that perfect far-away trip. Arrange a weekend, an overnight, or an afternoon for just the two of you. Then set your creativity free and enjoy the new or re-newed spark. If your love is open to surprises and different experiences, then you might surprise him or her. Otherwise, you could plan your get-away together.
Here are some ideas to get you started. . .
1. ) Do the Unexpected
When is the last time you or your mate went roller skating, played pool, to a video arcade, or danced at a club or bar? Pick an activity that sounds fun to both of you and go do it! If you regularly go out dancing, choose a new place that plays a different type of music. Salsa anyone? Set aside your shyness or beliefs that you can't dance (or skate, or whatever it is) and give it a try.
2. ) Go Natural
Outdoor activities are not only good for you physically; they are also endless sources of beauty and wonder. Choose a park or wilderness area that you've never visited and go there. This may require a bit of research and some driving, but it will be worth it. If you usually hike with your partner, try cycling, canoing, or kayaking. Being in nature with your love in new ways can inspire you all over again.
3. ) Mix it Up
When you go away on vacation, you probably eat out at a nicer restaurant at least once. This is part of the fun-tasting the cuisine of an unfamiliar place. Dress up and pick a restaurant that is fancier than those you and your mate usually go to. If a dinner at this restaurant is pricier than you feel you can afford, perhaps going there for a decadent dessert and coffee or tea is in your budget. You can even cook a romantic exotic-feeling meal at home. For example, borrow an Indian cookbook from the library and create a flavor-filled experience for you both to savor.
4. ) Create a Scene
If you and your love are movie buffs, incorporate movies into your romance. Go to a theater or rent and watch at home a romantic or exciting movie. Be sure to cuddle and hold hands as you watch it. Afterwards, allow yourselves to stay transported by the story in the film and see what happens. You don't have to be an actor to do this. You might even re-create a scene and, just for the night, be the characters in the movie.
5. ) Treat Yourselves
In our day-to-day lives we often place limits on pleasure. Perhaps we're always on a diet or feel we have to stay within a particular budget. It could also be that we keep things practical because that's how we were raised. For this get-away, however, we encourage you to treat yourselves. This could be as simple as getting an ice cream sundae complete with hot fudge and enjoying the rich creamy flavors together. Or it might be splurging on tickets to go see your and your partner's favorite band or musicians-and not sitting in the very back row!
It doesn't matter what you and your mate choose to do for your romantic get-away close to home. What's most important is that you do something together that's different, exciting and fun for both of you. Just as you often step out into new experiences when you travel, you can do the same even when you're in your own home or close by. Enjoy this play-time together and delight in the intimate connecting that can result.
Susie and Otto Collins are Relationship Coaches and authors who help people create lives that are filled with more passion, love and connection. For more tips on turning up the heat in your love relationship, sign up for their free mini-course at Red Hot Love Relationships.com