When you and your partner jet off to an exotic location (or an idyllic nearby one, as the case may be), work is probably the last thing you want to think about. But you can come back from a couples vacation so much better off if you do just a little bit of work — on your relationship. Your spring, summer, or winter break can be relaxing and productive at the same time, and if you use it intelligently, facing the real world afterward can be a lot less stressful.
Couples therapist Marissa Nelson, LMFT, started her couples and singles retreat Intimacy Moons for this reason. Many of her clients were going on vacation in order to fix the problems in their relationship in an environment free from their daily stressors. So, she offers therapy sessions and healing exercises amid the backdrop of a beautiful Barbados beach and resort. I went last year and would highly recommend it, but you can still reap the benefits of a therapeutic couples vacation without a retreat specifically for that purpose.
Here are some tips Nelson has picked up from running her private practice and retreat that any couple can use to make their next vacation memorable and useful.