Packing for any vacation can be exhausting, but it gets even harder when you’re deciding what to take on your first trip with your new flame. But just like in relationships, when it comes to packing for a trip, it’s best to leave all extra baggage behind! To help you “pack for success,” here are the top 10 things to take with you whether you are hitting the wide-open road together, or jetting away to somewhere exotic!
1. Comfy Walking Shoes
Start your trip off on the right foot with a good pair of walking shoes. While you may want to look good in front of your new love interest, it’s important to bring a reliable pair of sneakers “so you can walk and explore together,” says author Carrie Knowles.
2. Picnic Provisions
What’s better than a romantic meal for two? A romantic picnic for two! “Bring a small backpack with a corkscrew and knife for an impromptu picnic,” suggests Knowles. This way you and your new suitor can enjoy some alone time in the great outdoors!
Guys are creatures of habit. You can bet that if you stop over his place and more than once you find him lying across the couch watching sports, this is a reflection of how he lives. And small tells like this can be critical guideposts when deciding to take the plunge and share living quarters with your guy.
This is not to say that all guys are like jungle animals who hunt, eat and then lay around until they get hungry again, but men have their own rhythms when it comes to their man caves and their idea of cohabitating with a woman. As always, your Guy’s Guy is in your service, so without further adieu, here are my five suggested considerations for women before shacking up.
There are a lot of articles out there offering advice on how to have a happy relationship. And sure, advice is good, but how do you know what really works? It’s hard to say, which is probably why people continue to conduct countless studies with the hope of finding what makes for a successful relationship. Researchers have come up with a few answers over the years, and although the list of results over at HuffPost Women is a little intimidating, it’s also encouraging. Check it out, see what works for you, and go forth in love with science on your side.
They say when you want to get in shape, it’s best to find a workout buddy who can hold you accountable. And if that’s the case, who better to motivate you to reach your fitness goals than your romantic partner? This article at Psychology Today explains the many benefits of working out as a couple. Check it out and give it a try!
When it comes to relationships, are you a giver, a matcher, or a taker? If you’re not sure, it’s definitely worth finding out. This article at HuffPost Weddings lets you in on the business secret that could help you find balance and happiness in your current or future relationships.
So you’ve finally decided to move in together. You’re likely looking forward to living with the person you already spend so much time with. It’ll be great to finally call the same place ‘home’! You’ll cook together and have long, meaningful conversations over dinner! And that’s great — but there are also unexpected problems that come along with dating your roommate. This post at YourTango will (humorously) prepare you for the things nobody told you about living with your significant other.
Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, and if you’re planning on partying with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you’ve probably got a couples costume ready to go. But have you thought about what your costume says about the nature of your relationship? According to this fun article at POPSUGAR, it could say a lot.
Whenever anyone starts a relationship or meets someone, the first thing people want to know is, “What do you have in common?” On the surface this seems like a good question and one that warrants serious thought. The more I think about it, though, and think about my wife and I, it seems to me that what you have in common is not the most important thing. In fact, having things not in common makes for a more interesting life in the long run.
Here are some things I DO NOT have in common with my wife… and I believe add to our relationship rather than take away from it.
Every couple probably has their own definition of “happy,” but over at Psychology Today they’ve assembled a list of 10 habits of happy couples. Take a look and see if you agree or disagree.
You know how people say to dance as if nobody’s watching when they’re trying to inspire you to include some amount of whimsy into your life? And at first you’re like, “No, absolutely not,” but then you reconsider, and suddenly you’re all, “Yeah. YEAH! Dance like nobody’s watching! I’ll dance whenever I want, in whatever way I want, regardless of people staring or taking pictures or laughing at me and not with me.” After all, life is about being yourself and feeling good about that, right?
I agree that life is about being yourself, but I feel best about myself when I’m not dancing in public. I am just so wildly embarrassed by dancing in front of anybody or with anybody. I’ve got like, two moves, and even then I feel like a tool while implementing them. Luckily (is it sad that I say ‘luckily’?), I don’t find myself in too many situations where dancing/public awkwardness is required, but then there are weddings.
There was a pretty big crowd at my friend’s wedding reception a few weeks ago. The music was blasting through the hall and the dance floor was hoppin’ (yep, I talk like I’m Richie Cunningham from Happy Days on a regular basis), but I wasn’t one of the partygoers out there busting moves. I was happy sitting at the table talking with other wedding guests.
The groom—a friend I’ve known since I was five—wasn’t likin’ it. He pulled me from the safety of my chair and led me to the floor where his parents and their friends were dancing to some Cee Lo Green song. He wanted me to have fun, so I tried to feel comfortable. I swayed a little bit, made small talk, wanted so badly to look as though I was having a good time when all I could think about was how silly I felt.
What’s “normal” and what’s not when it comes to dating, love and relationships? Think you and your partner align with the average couple? Or are your relationship behaviors totally out there? We’ve asked several therapists, marriage counselors and relationship experts from around the country to shed some light on relationship behaviors that seem odd at first, but are actually quite normal. Take a seat and see how you and your mate compare!
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