Can couples vacation together? Many do quite successfully. Others might find they never want to do it again.
How can you make it a memorable event for all?
The location of the getaway is critical when it comes to everyone agreeing. The person with seasickness is not going to want to rent a yacht and the city girl who doesn't want to toilet in the woods isn't going to want to camp.
One "leader" may wish to do a certain vacation destination but coercing others into going to your dream spot may cause resentment. It's best to pool everyone's ideas and see how many vote for one concept or the other until there is at least a member from each couple wanting that locale.
Other logistics are important to - such as room sharing, how to pay for meals and activities, transport, length of stay, etc. Don't overplan everyone's time or folks will leave feeling they never really vacationed.
Should you decide on something like a houseboat rental or RV trek, be sure there are volunteers for taking turns driving. No one person should spend their vacation at the wheel. If someone cannot drive, perhaps they can offer to cook or handle the mapping.
If you want to make a beneficial experience for everyone, here's some great tips for what TO DO -
*Most couples love having a pic with the group at the location, but one thing that is missing is proof of them as a couple enjoying a trip. Silently and in the background, capture photographic moments of them together enjoying a sunset holding hands, laughing on the dance floor, sneaking a kiss.... When the trip ends, text the pics to them. There is nothing more reinforcing that they made the right decision than to realize those they traveled with were looking out for their happiness.
*Followup after you get home with an old-fashioned in-the-mailbox card (consider purchasing postcards where you're staying for extra impact) that thanks them and reminds them of the fun y'all had.
*Remember that the trip is not just your trip, but others as well. Some of them may be comfortable, some may be awkward, some may need time alone, others may be nonstop partiers. Try to keep from telling anyone that they are ruining your fun. Ask what's up, see if they want to break free for a time from the group, and accept the answers.
MOVIES TO INSPIRE
Couples Retreat (comedy)
Four Seasons (comedy drama - my very favorite)
Amanda and Jack Go Glamping (comedy)
The Big Chill (drama)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (comedy)
The Great Outdoors (comedy)
Race With the Devil (suspense horror)
The Perfect Getaway (suspense thriller
Post a Comment