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When I’m out and about and meeting new people, I always get asked, what do you do? I tell them, I’m a romance travel specialist. I usually get the “You are so lucky, you get to travel!” comments or “I wish I could go on vacation but I have so many things going on.” Another one that I hear is that “I can’t really get away, I have so many other projects going on at work, and the kids have such a busy schedule.” I understand that we are all busy, however travel is the one thing that can bind us together.
“I wish I could go on vacation but I have so many things going on right now.” I know how that is, trust me. I have a family, a business, and I realize that my wheels can’t keep going on without charging them. Everyone’s way of recharging their soul is different. It could be on a beach, it could be on an European adventure learning a new culture. However, we NEED to take that time away. You need to take care of yourself so that you can also take care of your family and your honey. As I recently told someone at a cocktail party that I was at, “Think of yourself as a battery in a cell phone. All of your responsibilities are apps, eventually the battery will drain out, and when you NEED to make that most important call, the battery will be drained and the phone won’t work.”
This is true of your relationship too. You need to recharge yourself and your relationship. This past weekend Mark and I took our two younger boys to St. Louis for a weekend. Just the thought of getting away and reconnecting changes the mood in the whole house. Mark is lighter on his feet, and in a much chipper mood. The kids are giddy and I’m always in a good mood to get away. Now you might be saying, “Tina, wait this isn’t a romantic getaway.” But yes it was. Don’t get me wrong it was different from just Mark and I getting away for a weekend by ourselves. However, after many years of being together, and raising a family together I have learned that there is romance and reconnecting even without the romantic candlelit dinners. (Although I do love those, and can’t wait till we can get away ourselves and have them!) We enjoyed watching the kids together, snuggled on the rooftop of the City Museum at night and while they were exploring we did something - talked. We were both relaxed, had some fun and the stresses of daily life were miles away. It was a chance to reconnect.
So, that’s why my rules above are something that I tell everyone you must obey on vacation. You need that time to recharge yourself and your relationship. Don’t forget you need two to make a couple!
Love is the Journey!