Better Together_The Importance of a Romantic GetawaysAs a couple, my boyfriend and I have been in a work fog. Up at 6am, out the door by 7:30, and then we don’t see each other for about 12 hours between work and commutes. Most days, I feel like I wake up, go to work, come home, and go to sleep. With a pretty hefty commute, I’m completely fried by the time we get home and just turn off. Maybe we’ll do a workout together and watch TV before bed, but our time together is not well spent during the week. Fun fact: I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I find it to be manufactured and although my boyfriend and I will do little things like cook for one another or get candy, we don’t go all out.   With travel and work/life balance being two of my biggest goals for this year, I took the opportunity to plan a getaway for us during Valentine’s weekend.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much a working professional can do about their work- week. There are only 24 hours in a day and although we wish there were more, there are not, so we need to take more vacations and weekend trips, especially with our significant others. I think in our day-to-day we lose so much of what made our relationships exciting in the beginning—we lose a little bit of our passion. It doesn’t mean we don’t have passion for our partners; the passion is just stifled by things going on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve apologized for being tired or stressed out because I know it’s getting in the way. The trick to reminding our significant others of their importance in our lives is to go out of your way to plan little trips.

You’re better together and the importance of a romantic getaway is this: to bring you closer together while getting out of your comfort zone. Sure you could plan your together time at your home, but what I find is that there are too many distractions. Laundry, dishes, this chore, that chore… when you plan a getaway, you leave all of that boring stuff behind and are able to focus on one another and nothing else. Rekindle the excitement in your relationship as often as you can by planning a getaway to your favorite place or a new place that you’ll both get to explore together.