Jim Abbott on Florida Travel
Postcards from Florida
July 17, 2010
There's a lot of advice out there for traveling with youngsters, but the folks at hotels.com are wise enough to realize that couples also might benefit from tips on how to vacation together.
Hopefully, this Top 10 list will make for happier, if not blissful, getaways that won't require separate vacations later to recover for all that quality one-on-one time.
Both contribute to the planning: It's important that you both feel like you have a part in the trip's success. Check out all accommodations, take virtual tours and then book it — together.
Work with each other's strengths: During planning, divide the responsibilities to fit each person's personality. One can research the rates; the other can book the rooms.
Pace yourselves: Take time for the leisurely moments and relaxation. Allow extra time in the schedule for lingering at a museum, on the beach or sampling a vineyard's newest harvest.
Communicate: Let your sweetheart know what you're thinking before it's too late to do something about it. It's important to share your needs even if you are used to your partner knowing what they are.
Take time for yourself: It's nice to have "me" time. For instance, one can check out the local village shops while the other takes in a round of golf.
Do not disturb: Be kind to your partner and allow time to sleep in. If you would rather start early, that makes for quality "me" time.
Try something new to both: Doing something for the first time is a great way to bring a couple closer together.
Budgets and splurges: It's important to understand the budget but allow for splurges such as dinner at a romantic restaurant.
Use the hotel concierge: Tell the concierge if your stay is to celebrate an occasion and get tips on how to make it memorable.
You don't have to go far to get away: A staycation is a great way for new couples to test the traveling waters and a good break for couples with children.