5 Things to Keep in Mind While Honeymooning

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Congratulations! You’ve made the commitment of a lifetime. Now it’s off to your honeymoon, but before you leave, take a peek at these top tips to enhance your experience.

  1. Focus On Your Spouse

Finally, you’re alone. After the chaos of planning and having your wedding, you are on your way, or already on your honeymoon! Now is the time to kick back and experience married life with your new husband or wife. It’s incredibly important to actually focus on your partner. It can be easy to get caught up in your location, the weather, or anything that may go awry, because it could ‘ruin’ your experience. Forget the little things, and remember that this time is all about you two, and this is not a typical vacation. Your spouse is craving your attention, and for the first time in your life, you have all the time in the world to solely focus on him or her. Shower your love with affection, respect and show them you mean the world to them by laughing off the small things and giving them the gift of undivided attention.

  1. Take Lots of Pictures, But Ditch Your Devices

If you believe in true love and fighting for your marriage, then you know that you will never get to have another honeymoon. This is truly a once in a lifetime event for you, and because of that, you will want to capture every moment with your camera. Find a balance for your photography. Don’t take so many pictures that you miss out on the moment itself, or neglect your spouse. That being said, ditch your other devices. There is no need to post, call, tweet, or text while on your honeymoon, unless there’s a major emergency. All of that can wait until you’re back home and settled into your new life.

  1. Explore (Get Out Once in A While)

You know what I’m talking about. There really is life outside your bedroom, and while sex is a crucial and wonderful part of your honeymoon, it’s good to actually leave the room and eat food occasionally. I’m half kidding. Whether you’re local or at the best honeymoon destination outside of your area code, get outside and find things to do together as a couple. For example, some people enjoy hiking, which can be done anywhere! Other ideas include trying local cuisine, going for a swim, couples massage – be creative. The world is your oyster, and you have all the time your honeymoon allows.

  1. Try Something New

Nothing bonds people more than experiencing something new together. It could be something scary, like bungee jumping, or hilarious, like playing a silly game. Research a new position to try that night. Find something that makes you laugh until you cry. Go outside and find a special place that you plan to revisit someday. Dare each other to do something crazy. Goad each other on. The point is to step outside of your comfort zone, and in doing so grow closer as a couple. New things add spice to the marriage, and keep things lively. Making a bucket list of things you both want to do before you die will help motivate you after the honeymoon is over.

  1. Be Realistic and Open to Change

With our media soaked culture, it’s easy to project what we view on television onto our own lives, or worse, onto other people. Don’t get sucked in to the lie that life must be perfect, or that your spouse must be perfect.  We live in a world that isn’t perfect, and expecting your life to be puts unneeded stress on both you and the people that surround you. Don’t expect your honeymoon to go perfectly, and embrace the bumps in the road as an adventure. Another thing that every couple must learn is to grow together in your intimate life. We often expect sex to look like it does in the movies, and when it isn’t, we get disappointed. It takes time, and love to get to a place where your intimate life is really good. It requires openness, more give than take, and patience. This is the number one complaint among couples on their honeymoon, and when left unattended and unspoken, the marriage can crumble.  Being a team now, talk to each other and laugh your way over life’s challenges. Accept that reality is far different than what we see at the theatre, and be open to that. Be spontaneous and you will glide through your honeymoon and the years to come.

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