holiday romance - relaxing with your 'better half'

Monday, July 28, 2014

I think that going on holiday with your 'better half' is one of the best ways to relax and spend time together. Separately, I love to 'people watch', particularly when travelling. Watching other people go about their lives can be so interesting!

... so I am often surprised when I see couples who are obviously on holiday together looking bored and disengaged. I noticed this a lot while in Thailand last month.

Now, I'm not claiming to be an expert on holiday romance, and to be honest this feels like quite a strange topic for a blog post. But I do want to share some of the things my 'better half' and I do when on holiday together to ensure we really do make the most of our time. So here goes...

Holiday romance - Thailand

holiday romance - setting some ground rules


When you go on holiday with someone, it's pretty important to enjoy the time with that person. The person who's sitting opposite you and seeing what you're seeing. So our main holiday rule is:
  • No devices! This means - no phones, tablets, laptops, WiFi, internet. When lying side by side on the beach or sitting across from each other over breakfast I refuse to be one of those couples who are glued to their mobile phones. We talk... 

activity breeds enjoyment and memories


... and when talking gets old (come on - you can only talk for so long!!) we explore.

1. Leave the comfort of the pool or your beach lounger and explore your surroundings.
You never know what you might find. While in Thailand hubby and I left our resort and all the people hanging round the pool, walked 20 minutes down the road and found our own private beach for the day. It was amazing!

Private beach - Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

2. Sample local food and drink. Challenging, relaxing and fun!
Not only do you get to try something new and potentially delicious, but you also get to share a new experience together. And hey, there's nothing like washing down a meal with a nice chilled beer or cocktail, right!?

Local beer - Thailand

3. Book a couples massage or spa day.
The one activity you should splash out on! Go on, indulge...

Having a massage - Thailand

4. Go for a swim at sunrise or sunset.
While everyone else is sleeping or eating take ownership of the beach or pool. Trust me, it's all yours for the taking.

Ko Phi Phi Beach at sunset - Thailand

5. Read a book together.
This may sound a little nerdy, but personally it's one of the most lovely, relaxing things you can do with your other half. My hubby and I will often choose a book together and then take turns reading a chapter aloud. Way better than watching TV together!

6. Enjoy a private breakfast
Most resorts these days offer some kind of breakfast buffet option. And most, if asked will pick a selection of food for you and deliver to your room. Take your breakfast to the beach or wherever else you feel like eating.

Breakfast - Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

7. When in doubt just go for a walk.
Beach walks, bush walks, road walks - you'll always find something of interest...

Beach walk - Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Happy summer holidays!!

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23 comments

  1. I love this post - me and my partner haven't been abroad alone yet but we have loads of UK weekends away. Where we sit on our phones. We're going away to Whitby in November (beach weekend in November?!) and I plan on banning mobile phones! This is a really good post hun :)

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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    1. Thanks Charli :) I actually went to Whitby last October and it was amazing! I've been planing on writing a post about the place for a while so watch this space!! And yeah, leave the phones switched off. You'll have a much better time!

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    2. You should definitely write a post before November :P and tell me all the places I need to go!

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  2. So true! Love this post!

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  3. Definitely! I experienced this while travelling with an ex too and it's just no fun!

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    1. Happy summer holidays Van!

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  4. I think letting go of your mobile phone is a great one! Not just while traveling, but anytime you are spending time together.

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    1. Agree, but these days people are just so glued to their devices. I was at the park yesterday for a picnic after work, looked around and everyone I could see was on their mobile. Bad habits!!

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  5. Great tips! Did you feel that Thailand is an excellent couples getaway location? That's so strange about the disengaged couples you saw... it's like... you know you've been waiting months to take this holiday together, right? Your tip about reading to each other is so cute I can barely stand it :)

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    1. :) We have been reading to each other for years. One of our favourite past times. And we often get funny looks on public transport!! ha ha

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  6. We've definitely found that for us, what encourages romance and becoming ever closer in our relationship is tackling new adventures together--at least at this stage of our lives, it doesn't involve too much relaxing, and that works well for us! I completely agree on the no electronic devices idea!

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    1. Owww - what adventures have you been on together? I love the adventurous spirit!

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  7. Such a wonderful list, Claire! My boyfriend and I read to each other and it's such a lovely time every time we do it! It's romantic and intimate and such a great way to entertain each other without computer, tv, etc.

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  8. These are great tips, we usually do the no electronics thing in the kitchen and so on, not only while traveling!

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    1. Go you! Yeah, I think we need to make more of an effort at home too. It's far too easy to get drawn into the online world...

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  9. Such great tips. Exploring new places together, reading the same book and trying new local food, all some of our favorite things to do together while traveling.

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  10. I'm thinking my husband would dig the book idea more if it was paired with beer :) Cute post, and I look forward to reading more.

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    1. Thanks! Beer and books go very well together. I can vouch for that!

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  11. This sounds lovely. Our holidays are always too short and jam-packed with activities so we hardly have time for romance at all! We are exhausted by the time we come home. I would love to plan a relaxing holiday someday.

    -Eimear {www.CuteTravels.com}

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    1. Thanks Eimear - I think you can squeeze a bit of romance into any holiday if you want to. It's all about enjoying the company of the person you're travelling with!

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