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Couples Vacations: Time for Mom & Dad
Preparing for Separation
Couples Vacations: Time for Mom & Dad

Beach umbrellas in Bazaruto

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

By Erica Ehm

It's dinner time. My husband and I are trying to have some semblance of a conversation. Instead, we're bombarded with a chorus of "Mummy, daddy, mummy, daddy!" My son and daughter seem oblivious to the fact that their parents need to communicate, or they'll become friendly strangers.

A true Yummy Mummy understands the importance of a healthy emotional and sexual connection with their life partner. Kids grow up and leave home. Suddenly you're faced with quiet meals with your hubby, but you've forgotten how to talk to each other.

Travel can be the key to recharging your relationship. Husband and wife hitting the road together - without little ones - is not a luxury. It is a necessity. So leave your guilt behind, pack a bag, pick a place and go.

If you have the time and money, you may want to consider visiting one of the ten most romantic places in the world. But, when you're with someone you love, the destination is secondary. There's no need to leave your own city or state.

If you only have the weekend, long distance travel will eat up too much of your time. Why not check into a local boutique hotel for the weekend instead. Slip on one of those cozy white terry robes and lounge decadently with your husband while sipping a fruity Merlot. Don't order room service all the time. There's too much opportunity to turn on the television, which is the number one conversation killer - even deadlier than a couple of whining children.

Collect a list of local restaurant reviews in the weeks leading up to your getaway and plan to checkout a cool new hotspot. Be a tourist in your own town. Shop. Buy each other gifts. Visit places you've driven by and always wondered what lurked within. Drop in to a nightclub. Go dancing. Be foolish. Stay out late. Sleep in. Laugh. Talk. Cry. Laugh. Love.

It's amazing how a weekend away can have such a profound affect on your life. That short intense time together reconnects you as adults, lovers, thinkers and playmates. We all need that.

Having kids is a huge part of our lives. But it's not the only thing. So pamper yourself and your relationship. Travel will keep Mummy very Yummy!

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