Each time my husband is gone for an extended period of time, we try to take a vacation together shortly after his return. I’m not sure that we intentionally started the tradition, but we are huge fans of it. I’ve found that it helps us reconnect more quickly and the us-time irons out those awkward “I haven’t lived with you in a while” moments. Plus when you’ve been apart for months at a time, you both deserve a reward!
For this deployment, we started talking about our homecoming vacation in June. I know that seems ridiculous, but having something to look forward in those days leading up to deployment is really important. We’ve chosen Vancouver and the photos alone should tell you why!
Homecoming Getaway Planning Tips
Pick somewhere fun.
Why go somewhere if one of you is going to have a lousy time? Your homecoming getaway should be about both of you and offer things you both enjoy. This may require some compromise if you have widely different interests. A good rule of thumb is to keep things one to one; that way both of you get to have fun.
Alright, so odds are you and your significant other have been separated for an extended period of time. You’ve probably saved money during deployment. Splurge a little bit on something you both love! Maybe it’s upgrading your plane tickets or having a fancy dinner or even sleeping late every day!
Make the most of your time.
For my husband and I, we want to be out doing and seeing and exploring as much as possible. You won’t find us lounging by the pool or sleeping until 12. But if that is how you enjoy vacations, go for it! My word of advice would be to make the most of the time you have together. Whatever activities you choose, make memories together.
Traveling can be stressful if you allow it to be. Don’t let something that’s supposed to reconnect you as a couple become a source of conflict. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport (or in any layover you may have). Avoid changing hotels if packing and unpacking repeatedly sucks the fun out for you. Don’t rent a car if driving in a new city isn’t your thing. Keep it fun!
I am so excited to explore Vancouver with my husband! While A wraps up his deployment, I’m researching all the best places to eat, visit and stay around Vancouver. And I need your help! Leave any must-see/eat/do tips for Vancouver in the comments!