Once you have kids, it can be hard to get romantic time with your significant other. When you finally manage to get your parents to watch the kids for a weekend so that you can have a romantic getaway, you want to be sure to do things right. To reignite the spark in your relationship, your weekend getaway should be a mixture of relaxing and romantic. Get your hubby on board by letting him know that you’re going to plan the weekend and he just needs to be along for the ride. He’ll appreciate you taking the initiative to plan the weekend, especially since it so often falls on the guy to build romance into the relationship.
Step 1: Choose the Right Location
The right location for your weekend getaway will depend in one part on your budget and in another part on the unique personalities of you and your spouse. If you’re planning to spend most of your time out of the hotel room, sight-seeing or shopping, you may not need to put a lot of your budget here. But if the goal is to reignite the passion away from the kids, don’t underestimate the importance of a nice room. Little touches like comfortable beds and delicious room service can spell the difference between your dream getaway and a total nightmare.
One trick is to book the honeymoon suite. If it’s not prime wedding season, you may be able to get a discount on the honeymoon suite, and it’s bound to be one of the nicest suites in the hotel. Often, honeymoon suites are equipped with couples’ tubs, massage chairs, and maybe even champagne.
Step 2: Do the Packing
If you’re the one planning the weekend getaway, it makes sense for you to be the one to do the packing. You know exactly what your plans are for the weekend—whether you’ll need formal clothing for a black-tie dinner or durable shoes to participate in walking tours. By packing for both yourself and your spouse, you can ensure that they’re properly prepared without giving away any of the surprises.
Even better, if you’re the one doing the packing, you can ensure they don’t sneak their Nintendo DS into their luggage. This weekend should be about the two of you and should be a break from your electronics and video games.
Step 3: Plan Activities He’ll Actually Enjoy
It can be tempting to plan a weekend getaway full of your favorite de-stressing activities, but if you want your husband to be on board this weekend, you really need to make the weekend about both of you. Don’t plan three hours shopping for clothes downtown if you know he doesn’t enjoy that. It will only make him grouchy and ruin the weekend for both of you. Instead, try some activities that you both can enjoy equally, whether that’s wine tasting at a nice vineyard or just hanging out in the hotel room watching movies.
Step 4: Find a Cute Way to Invite Him Along
Let’s be honest: Guys don’t always love changes in their routines. Make it fun for him by finding a cute way to invite him along. Try giving him a latitude and longitude keychain with the coordinates to your destination on it. It will remind him of his boyhood days searching for buried treasure in the backyard, and the mystery will get him excited about the weekend.