Travel has become way more of an adventure for Laura and I over the past couple years. Rather than our typical hotel stays, recommended tourist restaurants and visiting the main crowded beaches - we have discovered and taken full advantage of staying off the main grid and exploring areas more as locals.
We’ve discovered so much more to see and experience. Everything from a long river boat stay in Cambridge UK, to a yurt in Amsterdam, our own cabin on the coast of Iceland, to a town house with a brand new baby (I mean days old) with their traditional Chinese grandparents there to look after her. It's been crazy, but fun!!
I’m not sharing this to impress you, but only to highlight that fact that there is so much to see and do all around us. Adventuring with your partner, discovering new places, sharing new experiences, getting lost together, trying new foods and watching the look on your partner's face when you randomly stumble upon an amazing view - all can be reminders of when you first started dating and great ways to keep your love alive.
I’m not saying that you have to always do something crazy, or move to a far away destination - adventure can be kept simple as well. Getting away for a weekend is often the most practical option for many couples. Pick a destination within a few hours drive from your city and indulge in a quick escape from the daily routine.
Or, how often do you visit the tourist sites in your own city? Hardly ever, right? Find the history, go to museums and parks; research online the possibilities in your city that you don’t know about, as well as the attractions and destinations within about an hour.
Here’s a few of my own tips, whether you have an afternoon together, a whole day or you can sneak off together for a weekend:
• Stay in a hotel/bed & breakfast or swap houses with friends in another town.
• Step outside your comfort zone and go places you won’t run into anyone you know.
• Turn your phone off! Pretend you’re roaming and forgot to get a travel plan.
• Pack a tent and blankets and just drive. Flip a coin at intersections and see where you end up - when you’re ready, find an area to set up, or spread out your blanket and look at the stars
• Wear versatile clothing or bring items to layer. No stopping at home for quick wardrobe changes!
• Pay attention to details. Look at your surroundings like you’ve never seen them before.
• Think: what would you do if you were showing your out-of-town guests around?
My last and most important tip I can give you: focus on what is right out in front of you. I think a lot of times we are so focused on getting a pic/video to post to Instagram or Facebook or Snapchat and we don't fully enjoy what is going on right in front of our face. Live in the moment and take time away from social media and put all of your focus into the person standing right next to you!
And have fun!! We sometimes get so caught up in our daily lives that we turn into roommates more than lovers. Don't let the little things bother you on this trip, keep it fun, keep it light.