Because family vacations are often all about the kids, it can be difficult to find ways to connect with your partner. The larger the family you go away with, the less time you’ll have with your partner, and this is true whether you have children or just millions of siblings, cousins and so on. But you still need that bonding time with your other half on holiday, so here are some ways to connect with your partner that should help your vacation experience to be one that makes your relationship stronger.
1. Be a Team
When you’re away from home, you have to rely on each other more than you do at home, and this offers you plenty of ways to connect with your partner. It can be as simple as the other partner helping the driver to navigate, planning activities for the week ahead or researching restaurants and bars together.
2. Enjoy Some Music
If you’re on a road trip, put some of his favorite songs onto your iPod or a CD to surprise him. Or if you manage to get some time alone in the evening, put on some songs that recall some special memories for both of you. Try the first song you danced to together, your wedding dance song, or anything that has any special meaning to help kick start the romance.
3. Stay up Late/Wake up Early
Make the most of the time when the kids are in bed by staying up late to enjoy a glass of wine or some dessert, or get up early and watch a sunrise together.
4. Have a Date Night
It may be a family vacation, but one of the best ways to connect with your spouse is to make some time to do something alone, just the two of you. If you need a babysitter, ask a family member to take care of the kids (and offer to look after their kids in return on another evening), or hire one. Many hotels nowadays also offer babysitting services for an additional charge, so you’ll always be able to find someone to keep on eye on the kids for an evening so you can enjoy a romantic meal or fun night out.
5. Holiday Snaps
Get some photos of just the two of you, as well as those with the kids. That way you’ll be able to look back and remember that there was more to your relationships than just having children together.
6. Swap Stories
Different settings very often inspire people to share new things. A certain cuisine or famous landmark can bring back all sorts of memories that you can share with your partner. You’ll be amazed what you can learn about someone that you thought you knew inside out.
7. Snuggle up
Family vacations often result in couples being cooped up in small rooms, or in separate single beds. But look at this as one of the ways to connect with your partner on vacation, as the confined space may encourage you to get closer. And don’t be afraid to curl up together in one tiny bed, even if it’s just for an hour or so. Your relationship will be blooming by the end of your vacation, and you’ll probably feel like a pair of naughty teenagers again.
If you try out these ways of connecting with your partner on vacation, family holidays will hopefully no longer leave you desperately wishing that you can escape the mad family atmosphere and run off by yourselves. If you can get the best of both worlds, you’ll have a truly memorable vacation.