(This is an alternative and in addition to my 2 previous blog post)
My husband and I had somewhat of a unique relationship for the 1st 10 years of our marriage, where I worked away on average, 6-8 months of the year.
Now you would think, that would make us want to spend every waking moment together when we weren’t apart, alas it was something we got used to. We got used to telling each other about our day, stories we read or gossip we heard.
Don’t get me wrong, we love each other – even in the 8+ years since my career change and we live under the same roof like “normal” couples – which I tell ya, was the hardest adjustment! We truly enjoy spending time together, either at home or when we travel, but we also truly appreciate listening to each other – to the point where I’d rather have him tell me about a tv show than watch it myself – I love to watch his expressions and hear the inflections in his voice and his humorous take on any story.
So here’s how we make it work on vacation: We look at our itinerary and pre-decide what we are going to share as an experience together and what we would enjoy apart – so there are no sacrifices or secessions, rather have a story to tell to each other later that day.
We are independent beings as well as have many common interests.
He also makes fun now of it saying that its my way of getting to share MORE experiences than most because I get him to do research for me and take photos – even though I wasn’t there 😊
The actual way this started happening for us was due to cruising! I couldn’t afford time and moola to do it all, so split up! Sometimes we did the old rock-paper-scissors – and then shared the stories & photos over dinner that evening. Then it just became our thing – and relive it – it’s so exciting to share this aspect with other!
A great example was on the cruise we took from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale in the Autumn of 2011 – of 13 days, we had 10 shore stops. It was so beautiful with all the fall foliage, and it was our anniversary, so we wanted to share many experiences and have fabulous photos together! But it was our 1st time to Halifax, and there was so much to do!!!! So, he went on a ship sail around the harbor – looked like an old pirate ship where he got to hear about the maritime history of the area. Where I took a coach but out to Peggy’s Cove (simply breathtaking) and then a tour in the Titanic disaster cemetery – so much history there too! Later that evening, neither of us could get a word in edgewise over each other we were so excited!!
Another example was when we were in St. Thomas – he doesn’t like to get his ears wet, but come on!! We’re in the Caribbean dude!! So we found him a tour that he could wear a dive helmet while being under water and enjoying the tropical fish. I on the other hand jumped at the opportunity to go snorkeling with sea turtles!
In Alaska, he wanted to learn more about gold mining – and truthfully, I’ve prospected in my past life – so I did town exploring aka “shopping”! There was no pressure on me to make sure he wasn’t too bored following me, and he came back from his tour as giddy as a school girl!
Vacationing like this also gave me the freedom (& lack of guilt) when my husband gets sick when we travel (it’s like his body says “ok, you now have time to power down, so we’re gonna knock you out a little to make you appreciate relaxation!”. In Vegas I left him in bed for the day and I went out to play with our friends, enjoy some sights and some pool time. At the lake, I got him a cozy new blankie from a little shop, and left to explore, have a coffee visit friends, enjoy wandering without an agenda.
Maybe it’s because of our unique marriage, our personalities or that we’ve been married so long that we need things to talk about!! But we truly enjoy this way of vacationing and I think you should give it a try!!