Photo Credit: The Singular Patagonia

Photo Credit: The Singular Patagonia

Many people think a honeymoon is once in a lifetime, and I would have to strongly disagree with them.

While a honeymoon traditionally comes after you say “I Do” it doesn’t have to be the only honeymoon you take as a couple.

Lets be clear, I am not talking about any ordinary vacation, I am talking about a romantic, once in a lifetime experience for just the two of you. While we have only been married for 1 year, we have made it a top priority to honeymoon each and every year of the 11 years we have been together(yep, we were a couple for 10 years before he proposed).

If you are not convinced just yet, lets dive into 8 reasons why you should make it a priority to honeymoon every year...

1. Experience A New Place Together

For couples who love to travel, you know that there is nothing like experiencing a destination for the first time. The food, the culture, the sites, and the accommodations are always the most memorable the first time around.

Honeymooning every year does not mean an annual trip to Hawaii or a weekend getaway to Palm Springs(sorry Hawaii and Palm Springs Folks). It should be a place that you two are extremely excited to visit and really looking forward too. Experiencing a new place together will surely spark up a romance and get your wanderlust in overdrive, having you itching for your next honeymoon the following year.

2. Conquer Your Bucket List

It’s one thing to have a bucket list and it's an entirely different thing to actually cross things off that bucket list. The great thing about planning a honeymoon every year is that you have an excuse to work on your bucket list. Start with making a joint bucket list with all the places and activities you both want to accomplish in your lifetime and then prioritize them. Plan to conquer a bucket list honeymoon every few years or try mixing them up with an adventure bucket list experience one year and a relaxing bucket list destination the next year.

3. Gather Passport Stamps

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I am a huge lover of the quote,

collect memories not things.

With every passport stamp comes a memory that will last and be cherished forever. While traveling may not always be relaxing and crazy things can happen(and will), it's all apart of the journey and the stories will be forever. We love looking back through our passports and photos and reminiscing over our adventures...the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly!

4. It’s Good For Your Health

Studies have strongly shown that traveling is excellent for your health. Vacations relieve stress, depression, and anxiety that can be caused by everyday life. Going on a honeymoon every year will give you something to look forward too and give you a break from work and everyday life. This is a great time to focus on you and your love for one another without the distractions of all the everyday minutia that can and will get in the way if you let it.

5. Focus On Your Relationship

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Planning a honeymoon every year will give you that precious time to focus on your relationship. Whether you have crazy work schedules, kids, or all of the above, we tend to make excuses due to our stressful lives.

Who is going to watch the kids?

I can only get 1 week off of work

We don't have the money in our budget this year

Blah, Blah, excuse, after excuse, after yet another excuse!

MAKE the time, save the money, make this a priority in your life as you only get one shot at this and you aren't getting any younger. You don’t want to have any regrets and look back 5, 10, 20 or 30 years from now and say we should have taken that trip to Italy we always wanted to do. You also don't want to wait until you can no longer do the trips that you may have earlier in your life when your health and youth could have afforded you to. Make a plan now and take the time needed to focus on your relationship. You only live once and there is a lot to see and do outside your little bubble...A LOT, so get out there and start exploring each year!

6. Spend Quality Time Together

Whether you have been married for 5 years or 50 years, spending quality time together is crucial for a healthy relationship. If children are in the picture, quality time may be hard to come by in everyday life, so planning a honeymoon each year is the perfect excuse to spend time together and fall in love all over again on a romantic getaway for two. A honeymoon every year means the 2 of you and only the 2 of you. No kids, no friends, no group getaways! There is a time and place for the latter, and this is when you need to be selfish and make it just you and your partner.

7. You Are Not Limited To One Honeymoon

Can’t decide whether to go on a luxury safari honeymoon or lay on the beaches in Mexico?

Here's the deal...if you honeymoon every year, you don't have to make such a major decision. Choose one this year and plan to do the other next year. Just like with the bucket list, make a list of all the places you want to go, categorize them by budget, adventure, relaxation, etc.

If you have a great work year and can afford to splurge, cross off that African safari. If your budget is tight, maybe plan a road-trip up the California coast. It doesn't always have to be extravagant, over the top, but it should be something you haven't done before, something exciting(as opposed to that place you have been many times before) and something you can both plan together.

8. A Marriage Is Forever (it's supposed to anyways)

I am sure you have heard the saying,

A wedding is one day and a marriage is a forever.

Well, the definition of a honeymoon is,

the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in seclusion and romance.

So if we celebrate marriage every year with an anniversary, why not honeymoon every year? Makes sense right?

There is a reason we celebrate the beginning of marriage in “seclusion and romance,” which shouldn’t be limited to once in a lifetime. A honeymoon every year will keep your flame lit and romance strong as long as you both shall live!

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Your Turn...

So where will you be headed on your next honeymoon?