6 Reasons Why You Should Go On A (Mini) Honeymoon At Least Once A Year

a couple on their honeymoon
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Have you ever wondered where the word “honeymoon” derived from? It’s an Old English word that is the “marriage” of Hony ("the indefinite period of tenderness and pleasure experienced by a newlywed couple") and Moon (the amount of time that the “hony” would last).

Ah, now it really makes sense when we hear someone say, “the honeymoon is over”.

Although honeymoons are traditionally taken following a couple’s wedding ceremony, guess how many couples actually get around to having one of their dreams? Reportedly, only 1 in 4.

Gee, that’s not good.

It does happen to be one of the motivating reasons for this post, though. Whether you were fortunate enough to have your dream honeymoon following your wedding day or you didn’t (or didn’t have one at all), we’ve got a few reasons why we think there’s no time like the present to plan a honeymoon (even if it’s just a mini one)—and then to make it a tradition to go on one at least once a year.

a couple by the pool

You Need To Relax

Some people say that the minute you get married, it changes everything. A part of that is because once a lot of couples say "I do", their EXPECTATIONS change. What they were looking for their spouse to do when they were just dating or even engaged has gone up two—or 10—notches. 

That can be a lot of pressure. In between the expectations and also hectic schedules, bills, and just plain ole life, it can be hard to find a sense of balance. 

Going on a honeymoon can help you to relax so that you can get re-centered and focused on what you and your spouse need in order to keep your relationship healthy and strong.

a couple on a boat

You Need To Disconnect

We recently read an article that talked about the fact that social media has changed the way we communicate; not always in a good way either. When it comes to our romantic relationships, it can do all sorts of damage. 

We can mistake posting IG pictures and relationship goals with actually affirming our partner in person. We can spend more time trying to capture moments with photos than living them. We can find ourselves getting resentful if our spouse is not as proactive about expressing how they feel as we are. And, although many interior designers say that ALL TECHNOLOGY should be kept out of the bedroom, we can find ourselves being more intimate with our smartphones and laptops that our own partner. 

Going on a honeymoon every year (especially if you both agree to leave the laptop and set the cells to silent) can be a great way to disconnect from the outside world. So that you can do the next thing. 

a couple cuddling

You Need To Reconnect

If you don’t set aside time to reconnect with your spouse, you’ll start to create a distance between each other; probably without even noticing it. 

Whether you choose to go on a road trip, a train ride or you opt to take an international vacation, going on a honeymoon every year gives you the opportunity to tell each other what you appreciate about the relationship, cuddle for hours on end and discuss creating traditions that you can do when you return home as well. 

An annual honeymoon can help you to reprioritize your marriage—and that is always a good thing.

a sex quote

You Need Some GREAT Sex

Having a great sex life is about quality more than quantity. That said, there are studies which indicate that when two people feel emotionally connected and don’t fall into the rut of boredom, that is when they have the best sex. 

Sometimes it’s hard to feel as connected as you would like when you’re caught up in your daily routine. Just putting yourself in the space where it’s only the two of you, you can get some new lingerie, maybe read on up a couple of sex positions you haven’t tried and more than anything, spend time just loving on each other.

There’s a reason why so many newlyweds come home from their honeymoon beaming from ear to ear. 

Wouldn’t it be cool if that was you?

a couple hugging on the beach
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You Need To Experience New Things Together

Speaking of boredom, if all the two of you do is go to the same movie theatre and restaurant weekend after weekend, you are well on your way to being just that—BORED. 

By going on a honeymoon every year—even if it’s just for a long weekend—you can discover new places and things to do. 

That will help the two of you to make new memories and that is…priceless.

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You Need To Remember Why You Married In The First Place

Wedding days are wonderful. They’re also so jammed packed with things going on that couples usually can’t relieve the moments until they are on their honeymoon. 

That’s another reason why going on even a mini-honeymoon can be truly special. It can be an opportunity to bring your wedding album along, go back through it and remember why you and yours said “I do” in the first place. If you want, you can even use it as an opportunity to renew your vows and fall in love all over again. 

Don’t look at going on an annual honeymoon as an “expense”. Choose instead to see it as a worthwhile investment into your marriage because that is exactly what it is!

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SHELLIE RENEé

Just a woman who digs all things relationships. HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS, that is. I've been writing (professionally) for close to 20 years, including having two books published. I'm also a marriage life coach and doula. Sometimes I speak to large audiences or do radio interviews, but usually I'm sitting in my favorite chair, surfin' the 'net and penning stuff that I wish I had read in my early 20s.

Listen, I don't have all the answers, not by a LOOOOONG shot. But whatever I can do to spare folks any heartbreak, bitterness or straight-up drama, I'll devote some keystrokes to doing. 

That's it...in a nutshell. For the most part. Kinda. ;)

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