Get Away Together
By Jennifer Waddle
The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to mankind. - Psalm 115:16
When was the last time you and your spouse took a road trip together, just the two of you? I’m often taken back when I hear people say it’s been ten years since they scheduled a getaway with their husband or wife, because I know how important it is to have uninterrupted downtime together.
On road trips, everyday responsibilities fade into the background. Breaths of fresh air sweep into the relationship like a welcome breeze. Carefree attitudes and fun-in-the-sun personalities emerge, once couples get away from it all.
One anonymous person once quoted, “Great things never come from comfort zones.” And this can be true for marriages as well. The more comfortable we get, the more complacent we can become. It’s good to shake things up a bit, and step outside our comfort zones!
For couples who need to reconnect and get away from it all, here are a few road-trip ideas to consider:
1. Stay at a local bed and breakfast.
You don’t have to travel far to experience a much-needed getaway. Many cities have quaint bed-and-breakfast options that are tucked away like hidden gems. Support the mom-and-pop businesses in your city, by booking a night or two for your romantic stay. Then, try out that new restaurant you’ve been eyeing!
2. Visit a famous landmark.
I’m sad to say I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, and it’s within a day’s drive from my house. This is one famous landmark that is on my bucket list for sure!
What about you? If you could choose to visit any famous landmark, what would it be? Make that wish a reality, by planning your road trip soon. Put it on the calendar and make it happen!
For destination ideas, check out the post 50 States, 50 Landmarks.
3. Do something adventurous.
I still remember the year my husband and I went snowmobiling for the first time (and last). The guide took us through densely wooded areas, off of four-foot jumps, and into deep snow banks. While I determined in the first half hour that snowmobiling wasn’t for me, it was an adventure we still laugh about today.
Try something new and exciting. Whether it be water skiing, snowboarding, archery, or something else, do something adventurous with your spouse and create a lasting memory.
The bottom line is, married couples need regular getaways. They need uninterrupted time alone to reconnect and refuel. Make your relationship a priority and book that road trip sooner rather than later. And don’t forget to take lots of photos along the way!
Jennifer Waddle considers herself a Kansas girl, married to a Colorado hunk, with a heart to encourage women everywhere. She is the author of several books, including Prayer WORRIER: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, and is a regular contributor for LifeWay, Crosswalk, Abide, and Christians Care International. Jennifer’s online ministry is EncouragementMama.com where you can find her books and sign up for her weekly post, Discouragement Doesn’t Win. She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—her favorite place on earth.
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