If your boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse has a birthday coming up, your anniversary is near or you want to plan the perfect holiday surprise, you should consider using your money to fund a vacation instead of buying a gift item.
Here are 15 excellent reasons why it’s better for couples to go on vacation than buy each other stuff:
1. People who collect experiences are happier than those who collect things
“That’s in part because the initial joy of acquiring a new object, such as a new car, fades over time as people become accustomed to seeing it every day, experts said. Experiences, on the other hand, continue to provide happiness through memories long after the event occurred,” according to CNN. The New York Times says, “Our own recent research shows that in addition to buying more experiences, you’re better served in many cases by simply buying less — and buying for others.”
2. You can see the world
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and never leave your hometown, but there’s no way to experience the world like travel. It’s like TV come to life!
3. You can visit family or friends
Why not go meet your 81-year-old Aunt Gracie in Ireland? You only live once — and she won’t be here much longer! Hop to it! It will likely be a life-changing experience for everyone involved.
4. Travel is educational
You can read about the history of the world all you like, but to truly understand it, you have to travel to the places history has touched. Which is to say as many places as possible! Once you develop a curiosity for the world, you’ll only want to travel more, learn more and understand more. It’ll make you and your relationship more interesting.
5. It can be cheaper
For the price of two iPads you can go abroad! Why not?
6. It puts you in touch with nature
Vacations don’t have to be to far off places and they don’t have to be expensive or long, either. A weekend in the nearest natural setting will work wonders for your mental health and your feeling of connection to the earth and to each other.
7. You can take time away from the kids
Sometimes you just need a chance to relax and unwind without the kids around. A few days at a seaside B&B will make you better parents!
8. Or you can bond with the kids!
Then again, family vacations can be a blast, too. Your kids will certainly thank you for a fun weekend at the water park!
9. You often do things on vacation you wouldn’t otherwise.
Physical activities like skiing, hiking or snorkeling are bonding exercises for you as a couple. The pride you’ll feel after having tried something new together will give your relationship a boost.
10. Learning about other cultures and ways of life helps you appreciate your own life
I visited Europe several times with my husband while we were married, and as much as I loved it there, it also made me appreciate the things I love about being American, too.
11. Sleeping in a hotel makes you happy to come home to your own bed
Hotel beds are great! But they make your own bed an even more welcome sight when you get home.
12. Your relationship grows on vacation in a way that it can’t at home
Working together to navigate a strange place, having time to just relax and chat, exploring new cultures and ideas … vacations provide lots of opportunities for relationship growth. They can also test the strength of a rocky relationship, too! So try to pre-plan your vacation at least a little bit to avoid fighting and maximize your enjoyment.
13. You’re making a lasting memory
You’ll never forget the time you went swimming with dolphins or sipped umbrella drinks on that perfect beach. In fact, your vacation memories will likely sweeten with time.
14. Your home will remain less cluttered
Who needs more “stuff” cluttering up their house? Playing with gadgets can be fun, but not as fun as real-life adventure!
15. It’s fun!
Bottom line: vacations put people in a good mood. Traveling lets you de-stress and get back to the basics of enjoying each other and all of the good things life has to offer. Here’s to your next trip!
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