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Last weekend I met with a couple who is planning their honeymoon. Although I like meeting with all my clients, I have to admit I love meeting people who are getting married. Why? They have that spark, the way they look at each other and the excitement about them. Planning a honeymoon is special. You want it to be romantic, relaxing, fun - let’s face it those of us who are married remember how special it is.
Once we have been married for a while sometimes we forget about that. Mark and I have taken A LOT of vacations and trips together either alone or with the kids. And even though every trip is important, there’s something special about taking that second or even third honeymoon. Yes, I said it, we haven’t been married 20 years yet and we took three honeymoons. And why? Because it’s a time that the two of you can disconnect from EVERYTHING and reconnect. You do things that make you relax forget about the little things, you know work, pagers, laundry, kids, who’s cooking dinner tonight and REMEMBER things like who you both are as individuals and as a couple.
On our second honeymoon, we took a similar cruise to our first honeymoon. It was awesome. This time I think we appreciated the time alone even more. It was about 15 years after we married. And to be honest we wondered why we waited so long. We went all out and did everything like we did when we were first married. As much as we loved doing new things when we were first married after building a history together it was fun reconnecting and doing things like we did the first time around. We looked at our bucket list and started checking things off. We swam with dolphins, played with monkeys and visited new countries. We came back feeling like newlyweds!
When we plan these second and “tri-moons” we don’t always do things that are traditional. I’ll be honest Mark isn’t a beach person. If I told him let’s have dinner on the beach in the sand, he would laugh and say, “That’s not happening!” Instead for us, we find romance in different ways. On our “tri-moon” we went on a cruise and one port was Jamaica. Because I’m an off the beaten path person, we ended up at Kononko Falls. We were the only two with a guide, walking up the falls. We were able to stop and sit in the mineral pools by ourselves. Now for us that was romantic. And on that cruise we were able to get a cabana in the VIBE Beach Club on the top deck of the ship for the week. Sitting alone listening to music and watching the ocean cruise by was definitely romantic. Did I mention we had someone waiting on our every need while in the cabana? Being parents who have three boys, that is a something that made it even more special.
To be open with all of you I think what makes these second and “tri-moons” the best for us is that we are able to disconnect, relax, and really communicate. That reconnects the spark and you get that feeling again. Just like I see with newlyweds, taking on the world with excitement, refreshed and new. And that’s a feeling I just love!
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.