Romantic Travel Tips from Newlyweds to Retirees
Part of living your dash is making the most of it with your loved one. Carving out time for romantic plans can get more difficult as time goes on, but it’s a great way to celebrate the love and memories you’ve shared. If you’re ready to dedicate time this summer to plan a romantic trip for you and your loved one, here are a few ideas that’ll work for almost any couple.
Travel as a Newlywed Couple
One of the most romantic trips you will ever take with your significant other is your honeymoon. Your love is fresh, new, and exciting, and for many couples, this is their first extravagant trip together.
Here are some of our tips for honeymooners:
- Pick a dream destination. This is a romantic getaway, so go big.
“Italy was my dream trip. The first place I would go on my bucket list, and we saved enough to go! Venice was so beautiful and romantic. The gondola ride was amazing”. —Meghan & Najib
Try new experiences: Go to places and try out things that you aren’t able to do where you live. See all of the tourist attractions, enjoy your time in a new location & take in the local culture. Experiencing new things with your loved one is the best way to start the adventure of a lifetime.
Be adventurous: Go on a hike and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the beautiful scenery, go white water rafting, take a hot air balloon ride. Enjoy the fun parts of the travel location you chose.
- Unplug: Make sure to enjoy time with each other and stay off of your phone.
“We made sure to turn off our WiFi so that when we were using our phones, it was just to take photos.” —Melissa & Andrew
- Plan mini-trips before life gets busy.
“We took several multi-state road trips right after we were married, and I’m so thankful we did. Now that we have kids, it would be harder to plan long, adventurous trips like those.” —Kathryn & Seth
Traveling as Young Parents
Once you get into the routine of marriage, start having 8-5 jobs, have children, it becomes a lot more difficult to plan any type of romantic trip. However, it’s important to still spend time just with your loved one, away from the kids and business of your everyday life. You’ll enjoy your alone time together and remind each other why you fell in love in the first place.
Here are some tips for young parents:
- Take advantage of any time you can getaway.
“Just go somewhere, anywhere. If the grandparents have the kids even for one night, pick something fun to do and make the most of the time you have together. Remember the two you of you came before the kids”. —Kathryn & Seth
- Spend time together as a couple: Whether it’s a romantic dinner, an evening walk on the beach or spending the morning relaxing together, make sure to spend quality one-on-one time with just the two of you.
- Check off items from your bucket list: Are you spending time doing things you have always wanted to do?
“We make sure to check off at least one of each of our “bucket list” items in each destination, so we both get to experience something we were dying to do.” —Frankie & Juan
- Share your own culture with locals when you travel.
When Stephany & Adam visit Colombia, they bring postcards from Florida, as well as American snacks to give to the kids. The children are always so excited to try the food.
- Make the most of your time by going on guided tours, experiencing a new location, and seeing as much as you can while you are there.
- Bring back a souvenir for the family.
Anne & Thomas buy Christmas ornaments from each trip they go on so that each year when they decorate the Christmas tree, they can look back and remember the different places they’ve visited.
Traveling as Empty-Nesters
Now that your children are all out of the house, you can make traveling with your significant other more of a priority. You can finally go on the trips that you’ve maybe been talking about for years. Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of international travel? Now is the perfect time to plan the journey you both have always wanted.
Here are some tips for traveling as empty nesters:
- Start your next season of life together as a couple by checking off a bucket list destination for your anniversary.
- Visit spots you’ve never been to. This is the time to go to different cities & countries and see things you’ve always wanted to.
- Begin (or continue) a collection from each of your travels.
“We buy a 4×6 print of each city we visit, matte and frame it. We’ve built a nice collection of pictures to capture memories.” —Dan & Kathryn
- Involve your children in the trip by video calling them, sending them postcards, or buying them souvenirs. They’ll still feel close to you as you travel far away.
- Make it up as you go along.
“Heather and I have discovered that when traveling, we’re much more relaxed and able to ‘live in the moment’ when we don’t over-schedule our itinerary.” —Rich & Heather
Romantic Travel for Retirees
Once people retire from their jobs, they finally have the freedom to travel all over the world. You no longer have to worry about getting your vacation requests approved, you don’t need to find someone to watch the kids, you can simply plan a trip and go. Many people spend their retirement years traveling with their loved one.
Here are some ideas:
- Make the most of your free time & see as much of the world as much as you can.
“In retirement we can travel as a couple, seeing the world in the venue and destination of our desire” —Larry & Mary Kathryn
- Go boating! Enjoy time out on the water and spend time reflecting on the years you’ve spent together.
- Kick back and relax. Enjoy a quiet weekend in a mountainside bed and breakfast.
- Go on a destination cruise together! Not only will you be able to visit and explore a new country, but you’ll have a relaxing time on the way there.
- Give back while you travel. Is there a way to volunteer or help the community in any way? Get involved & pay it forward.
- Share your trip updates with the rest of your family. Keep everyone else in the loop as you travel.
Peggy & Ron regularly travel, and they always send email updates to their children & grandkids from each location they go to. In each message, they explain what they’ve done as well as share some fun facts about the cities they are visiting. They also buy small pins for each of the grandchildren from each new spot.
These are just a few of the many ways you can enjoy a romantic trip with your loved one. Whether you’ve just gotten married, just become empty-nesters, or have been married 50 years, your love and commitment are worth the extra step to celebrate. Take the time to see new places and enjoy living out your Dash together.