Nutrition for Injury Recovery

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A healthy diet is always important. Besides helping you to maintain a healthy weight, proper nutrition improves your overall health. But did you know it plays a role in recovery? During a period of injury, food fuels your recovery, so it’s important to eat well.

The Science

The more serious the injury, the more critical diet becomes. With healing as your primary goal, you want to eat for both strength and recovery. Eating the right blend of nutrients isn’t just smart–it’s science.

When we have an injury, inflammation is usually present. Most people think of inflammation as being a bad thing, but it actually helps to trigger the repair process. At this time, you will experience pain and swelling.

During this earliest phase of your injury, you’ll want to eat a large amount of anti-inflammatory foods like mixed nuts and seeds, avocados and oily fish like salmon and sardines. During this time, add in spices that aid in reducing inflammation such as turmeric, garlic, and cocoa, tea, and berries.

The third and final stage of your injury is known as remodeling. Here, stronger, more permanent tissue is formed, replacing the damaged tissue.

Nutrition is equally critical during these stages. During this time, your metabolism can increase upwards of 50%. To adequately fuel and heal those injuries, up your protein intake. This means an increase in lean meats, eggs, and a healthy balance of dairy. Don’t forget to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in all colors, as well as a variety of carbs like whole grain rice, quinoa and sprouted grains.

Taking a variety of supplements helps aid in recovery as well. Vitamins A&C, copper and zinc have all been shown to boost recovery.

Proliferation refers to the second phase of your injury. During this stage, your body flushes out damaged tissues, restoring new blood supply. Temporary tissue develops during this time.


If you’ve been dealing with an injury, physical therapy can help you recover. Many physical therapy clinics offer a variety of treatment plans, including physical therapy for sciatica

The Role of Physical Therapy in Recovery

Physical therapy is important for pain relief, as well as improving range of motion; physical therapy plays an integral role during the healing process. If you’ve been dealing with an injury, the team at Cawley Physical Therapy can help you recover, they offer a variety of treatment plans, including physical therapy for sciatica.

The Importance of Health Testing

Health Testing Centers empowers people like us who are short on free-time to access a menu of lab tests without a visit to your doctor. We are constantly traveling and getting into a doctor’s office is time consuming and sometimes not necessary. We want to know our vitamin levels, or just a test to see how our cholesterol is doing.

We used Health Testing Centers last month and were so pleased! We logged on to their site and ordered two tests. We always have low Vitamin D and low iron, so we wanted to check on those. We placed the order, did the labs and boom, done!

The process was so simple!

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Order tests online

 

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Visit a lab

 

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Get results!

 

We made a lab appointment online 3 minutes from home, walked in, got our blood drawn, and left. The next day we had the results in our email! The best part is, if you do need a doctor to look over your results,

Want to try it out? Use the code Tiana10 for 10% off your order!

Helping to Those In Need

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We are always happy to share when there is a helping hand to those in need. We volunteer when are where possible.

We also started helping online on the Be My Eyes app. No matter where you are, what language you speak, and how time constrained you are, you can help. Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

You can earn free lodging and food while traveling with WWOOF, a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.

If you know someone who needs help in Cleveland, they can find information this The Recovery Village’s substance abuse resource page. It has information about local Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery meetings, as well as other valuable phone numbers and information.

At over 2,000 miles long, the Appalachian Trail is the classic long trail in the Eastern US and home to almost 2,000 endangered or threatened species. Volunteers help with trail building and maintenance in return for food and (usually very basic) accommodation.

Peace Corps Worldwide is a unique chance to live and work in another country. Participate in a variety of projects, from healthcare and the environment to business development. A commitment of 27 months to the placement is required, but for those who are willing, this is a life-changing position. Open only to US residents, but similar volunteer travel projects are available for other nationals with VSO.

How To Super Start Your Day

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Every morning when we are home, we wake up and make a smoothie. We used to do coffee, but realized the energy from the caffeine burned off quickly and left us feeling burnt out and tired. We searched high and low for the key to healthy, happy living and found it with a new routine, using FoodScience of Vermont.

FoodScience of Vermont has three different powdered drink supplements loaded with phytonutrients, stabilized probiotics, and many other beneficial natural ingredients. They are easy-to-mix powders that deliver 3 servings of fruits and vegetables in each 1/2 scoop and are great in juice or cold water, or as an addition to our favorite smoothie recipes each morning.

We add the powders to our smoothies. You can use a protein shake as your base, or a low-sugar fruit juice. We use a probiotic rich fruit drink, ice and powder and the flavor is amazing. Make sure you blend it long enough to get a smooth, velvety texture. Depending on how you like it, adjust the amount of ice you add. I use 4-5 ice cubes to get a smoothie texture, or 7-8 cubes to get more of a spoon-worthy ice cream texture.

The same way we research our next trip and travel plans, we did the same when researching FoodScience of Vermont. These are doctor-formulated Superior Powders, and are the perfect combination of fruits, vegetables and super foods, each one individually formulated with ingredients to support ultimate health and help you stay on top of your game. We found them readily available at Rite Aid® and all you need to do is just shake and go!

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The three types are:

Superior Greens “Gut Rejuvenator” Its primary use is to cleanse, detoxify and rejuvenate. It has a Proprietary Immune System Support Blend that includes DMG, Bee Pollen and Oat Beta Glucan. It has a delicious apple cinnamon flavor.

Vegetarian Superior Purples “Age Fighter” This one supercharges your body and mind with its powerful antioxidant blend. It supports Mental Energy, Focus, Clarity and Aging. Ingredient Highlights: Alpha GPC, L-Carnosine and Folic Acid and 19 whole fruits, vegetables and extracts It has a delicious berry flavor enhanced by the natural sweetness of stevia and purple carrot.

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Vegetarian and gluten-free Superior Reds “Energy Booster” This one is loaded with restorative nutrients to help you look and feel your best every day! It focuses on Eye Function, Immune Function, and Cardiovascular Function. Superior Reds naturally helps to boost energy and support the body’s defense system. This one has a delicious berry flavor.

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Each canister of Superior Powders contains 60 servings. Interested in trying them? Head to your local Rite Aid® or visit bit.ly/FSSuperiorPowders to get your Superior Powders!

 

 

Upgrading Our WiFi Experience

Since we are always on the road or in the air, we rely on WiFi everywhere we go. At home, its even more important. We finally upgraded our router at home to the Norton Core™ Secure High Performance Wi-Fi Router. It gives us an amazing signal to all of our devices, and we can stream our favorite shows at the same time without a lag.

Another plus? It looks awesome! No more ugly black box under our desk! A few people that saw it in our house thought it was a decoration.

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Norton Core is a secure, high-performance WiFi router that helps protect your home network and an unlimited number of your connected devices, including computers, mobile and smart home devices against malware, viruses, hackers, and cybercriminals before they can infiltrate your home and compromise your personal information. Not only can it do all that, but you can also turn the WiFi on and off for your family to enjoy time together.

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Our favorite things about this router:

  • HIGH-PERFORMANCE WIFI : We can stream our favorite movies in 4K, play online games or download content with Core’s powerful dual-core processor.
  • MULTI-LAYER PROTECTION: Comprehensive network security to protect our connected home from malware, viruses, phishing tactics and even botnets.
  • PROTECT ALL CONNECTED DEVICES: A 1 year subscription to Norton Core Security Plus* is included to protect our Macs, PCs, tablets, smartphones & smart devices.
  • SMART PARENTAL CONTROLS: Manage screen time by setting content filters or daily limits on usage. And when needed, pause the Internet.
  • EASY SET-UP: Bluetooth-enabled iOS/Android device with a mobile data plan is needed. Download the Norton Core app to complete set up.

The Best Private Membership Bars Around the World

The Best Private Membership Bars Around the World

The most exclusive, member-only bars from San Francisco to Rome. Their applications include more than just your typical questions.

What’s better than the neighborhood pub where everybody knows your name? The top-notch lounge with a private membership option—where the perks far exceed (though still might include) an easy familiarity with the folks serving your drinks. Some memberships offer discounts on top bottles, others grant exposure to rare drams and high-profile events, but all offer an ideal balance between exclusivity and access. Here are 11 membership bars that are worth joining around the world now.

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The Ned, London – £3,000, plus £500 joining fee.

London-based Soho House and New York’s Sydell Group joined forces to create The Ned: the newest private members’ club to arrive on the London scene. Set in the former Midland Bank building, it boasts 252 bedrooms channeling 1920s and 1930s design, nine restaurants, a range of grooming services, as well as “Ned’s Club,” a social and fitness club where members have access to a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hammam, and late night lounge bar. Ned’s Club Upstairs has a heated pool overlooking the London skyline and two converted domes with outdoor terraces for eating and drinking. The Roof Bar features a retractable roof and heaters, and offers views of the City and St Paul’s Cathedral, with an international menu prepared on the rotisserie grill and wood oven. Behind a 20-tonne, two-metre wide vault door is The Vault bar & lounge, an all-hours cocktail bar lined with thousands of original safety deposit boxes, ideal for a nightcap. Apply online here.

Do you know of a membership-only bar we don’t? Tell us your secrets in the comments below.

5 Step Raised Garden Bed

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5 Step Raised Garden Bed - How to build a raised garden bed in 5 quick steps

After building our smart and sustainable home, we wanted to grow more of our own fruit and vegetables. After researching the best option, we decided raised garden beds were the way to go. The hard clay and rocky soil in Austin is not ideal for inground gardening. We quickly learned cedar was the best wood to use for long-lasting quality. Finding the wood, creating a design, seemed daunting, so we looked into the pre-cut wood and pre-made beds ready for assembly. That is how we found Gardener’s Supply. We debated on what size and depth, but eventually decided on a deep root, 4×12 raised bed.

This will be ideal for deep-rooted plants, such as tomatoes and blueberry bushes, these 15″ deep beds also create attractive focal points in the garden. Each bed includes four industrial-strength aluminum corners, 1″ rot-resistant cedar lumber that’s been precut to the proper lengths, hardware, and instructions. Easy assembly — just slip the boards into the corners and screw them in place. (12′ long beds use two 6′ boards with in-line connectors.) Raised beds are easy to set up, plant and maintain, producing high yields in a compact space with less digging and weeding. Use Deep Root Cedar Raised Beds to grow vegetables, or install the beds along a perimeter to create stunning border gardens. Made by us in Vermont. You can follow our 4 step process or download the installation manual here.

Step 1: Plan Your Layout

We have a sprinkler system in our yard, so the first thing we needed to do, was plan where we were going to put our raised bed. This bed is 4 x 12, and our sprinklers are 20 feet apart. We turned on a quick test cycle to make sure we weren’t putting the bed over a sprinkler head or too close to a head, where it would directly block a stream of water.

After that, we laid out the outer wood planks and got ready to put it together.

Things we needed:

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Step 2: Assembling the Raised Garden Bed

Start assembly! We found it easiest to slide the cedar planks into the aluminum corners and the connector creating a “U” shape. This gave us a chance to make sure we were doing it right, and easily move it around to make sure we had it straight along our fence line. We left an 18″ inch gap between the back of the raised bed and our fence, enough room to get around with a lawnmower, and also be able to get to the plants that will be growing in back.

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Step 3: Adding Landscape Fabric

We drilled the “U” shape together after confirming the location. We then started to lay down the landscape fabric. The landscape fabric acts as a weed stopper so unwater weeds, and possibly critters, don’t get into your bed from underneath. We left a 3″ inch skirt of extra fabric around the bed, which can be trimmed later. We secured the fabric with the landscape staples, around the edges of the bed, about every 1′ foot.

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Step 4: Add the Divider

Finish securing all corners of your bed with the screws provided and add the caps, then if your bed requires one, add the middle divider.

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Step 5: Add the Soil

For our bed size, we needed 60 cubic feet of soil. Your need will differ depending on the size of your raised garden bed. For reference:

  • 4’ x 4′ Cedar Raised Bed holds 20 cubic feet or 514 quarts of soil
  • 4′ x 6′ Cedar Raised Bed holds. 30 cubic feet or 770 quarts of soil
  • 4′ x 8′ Cedar Raised Bed holds 40 cubic feet or 1028 quarts of soil
  • 4′ x 12′ Cedar Raised Bed holds 60 cubic feet or 1542 quarts of soil

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Finished! Just Add Plants!

Now you can enjoy gardening, and eating the delicious fruit and vegetables you grow at home. One step towards a more sustainable lifestyle! We will be adding photos shortly of our growing garden as it starts to bloom and grow.

A few other articles from Gardener’s Supply that helped us:

Composting Resources   •   Vegetable Gardening   •   Zone Hardiness Guide

Discount Travel Resources

Discount Travel Resources

Discount Travel Resources

Part of being able to afford to travel often is making your dollar stretch. We love our luxury experiences, but want to save money when are where we can. We have put together a list of links to discounted travel we have negotiated with brands.

Flights

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Hotels and Vacation Rentals

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DISCOUNTED VACATION RENTALS: http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-7676947-12213057

Rental Cars

BUDGET RENTAL CAR DISCOUNT CODE (BDC): X420233

Tours and Excursions

TOUR / EXCURSION DISCOUNTS: https://www.partner.viator.com/en/16128

Miscellaneous

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Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

Adventure is worthwhile. – Aesop

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. – Gustave Flaubert

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands. – Sir Richard Burton

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. – Mary Anne Radmacher

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have. – Anna Quindlen

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime. – Mark Twain

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gide

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. – Mark Twain

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions. — Peter Hoeg

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

You don’t have to be rich to travel well. – Eugene Fodor

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. – James Michener

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

People don’t take trips, trips take people. – John Steinbeck

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting. – Clint Borgen

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. – Bill Bryson

Travel Quotes That Will Give You Life

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else. — Lawrence Block

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey. – Babs Hoffman

The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. – Shirley MacLaine

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone. – Wendell Berry

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign. – Robert Louis Stevenson

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. – Samuel Johnson

He who does not travel does not know the value of men. – Moorish proverb

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home. – Dagobert D. Runes

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. – John Steinbeck

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Loving Fights Every Couple Has

When you’re in a relationship with another person, there are bound to be disagreements. Those loving fights every couple has. In fact, it’s during those heated moments when we truly get to learn who the other person is, which ultimately make you both stronger as a couple.

Sometimes arguing with your significant other can even be fun and playful. It’s not about winning; it’s just about pushing the other person’s buttons just enough for a little extra attention. Everyone loves an attention seeker, right? Sarcasm intended.

Here are some silly fights the Mrs. and I have that make us, well, normal:

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1. The “You Turn Out the Light” Fight

Who wants to get out of bed when there’s someone else lying naked in it? Your significant other decided to take the side that is farther from the switch? Yeah, nice try! I’m famous for the “you are closer” tactic.

This rivalry has gone as far as challenging the other person to withstand sleeping with the lights on until one of you gives in. You’re not flicking the switch without a fight.

…But seriously, it’s your turn.

2. The “Who Orders the Menu Item That You Both Want” Fight

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So, who’s going to get the better entree tonight? You can’t both order the same thing! Winning in this fight is defined as ordering the undesirable dish and liking it better than the one you two originally fought over.

The Mrs. always somehow sees something on the menu that I don’t. It never fails. She waits until I’ve settled on something and she asks what I’m ordering. “Oh really? I’m getting the (insert delicious menu item here that has cheese, truffle butter and more cheese)”. Whaaaat?! I didn’t even see it coming. Now I’m stuck with the 2nd best.

I butter my bread violently as I curse myself.

3. The “You-Should-Do-This-But-I-Don’t-Want-To” Fight

“I think you should get that thing checked out.” (Usually the Mrs.)

“I hate doctors. Pass.” (Definitely Me)

“It looks really bad. Please go. I’ll go with you.”

“Stop telling me what to do!”

“You know I’m right.”

Fast forward to us sitting in the waiting room reading magazines awaiting my appointment!

4. The “You Are Gross” Fight

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Also what I like to call the Please Don’t Suffocate Me With Your Farts In Bed” fight. This particular fight includes things like having your partner clipping your toes in bed or on the fuzzy cuddle blanket and picking your nose in the kitchen. You are gross. But your a cute, gross.

5. The “I Don’t Want To Fight About This” Fight

It’s the type of fight that makes you go ”Wait, why are we fighting about this?” Like when you mutually don’t want to attend a friend’s party, but you both aren’t saying it outright. She has a closet full of nothing to wear, you rather chill out and watch Netflix with her. No one wants to be the party pooper.  The two of you will eventually stop this and realize you’re both on the same team. (The team that wants to stay home and eat ice cream out of the carton naked).

6. The “Where Did You Put My Stuff?” Fight

“Where did you put my sh*t? You are always moving my things!”

…Moments pass. (By the way, I am the only one in our relationship who starts this particular fight).

“Oh, here it is. In my back pocket. I love you babe.” *forcing the cheesiest smile ever!*

7. The “You Have Too Much Crap” Fight

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You’re already hogging the minimal closet space with empty carry-on bags, dresses and old button up shirts that no longer fit.

You have to downsize both physically and mentally in order to make room for another person. Put your shit away! This includes your never-worn cheap black blazer.

8. The “Tell Me What You Want” Fight

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Our version:

“Do you want Italian or Chinese for dinner?”

“I want what you want.”

“I don’t care what we do.”

“Just tell me what it is that you want.”

“I’m happy doing whatever.”

“Tell me what it is that you want!”

“I don’t know, just find something on Yelp?!”

“Jesus, just pick something!”

“Let’s just get sushi.”

*Insert Face of Frustration* Kiss and make up (sex). End scene.

9. The “What Are We Watching Tonight?” Fight

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The great debate for us is usually something like how the Mrs. swears trash TV like Teen Mom 2 and Keeping Up With the Kardashians is more interesting than the Saints or Lakers game. She loves sports, don’t get me wrong, but she just HAS to know more about Khloe’s butt and who is the worst mom of the week.

Leave it to her and I’ll get something like this:  “How about settling on a nice movie, like…The Fault in Our Stars, babe? It’s about, um, celebrities who turn fighter pilots or something like that”. She tricks me everytime. Same with those corny Lifetime movies. I can’t trash Lifetime though, I always get sucked in. Who stole the baby? The babysitter? Ooooh, that damn Ashley! I knew it!

10. The “You’re Coming to My Family Dinner” Fight

This is how it feels sometimes:

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Sometimes you don’t want to go just as much as the Mr. or Mrs. doesn’t want to. But like you said the time you convinced me to wax forbidden areas, “We’re in this together.”

Ouch!

11. The “Let’s Stay In Versus Go Out” Fight

“Fine, I’ll just go to the party on my own.” (The Mrs.)
(Puts on tight jeans, heels and a crop top.)
“Okay, I’m coming.” (Me)

Case closed.

12. The “Play with Meeee, Love Meeee” Fight

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A little attention goes a long way. Put down the phone. Put the computer away. Focus on the glorious person in front of you who wants nothing more than to be present in your eyes. That is worth fighting for.

So as I write this I’m asking the Mrs. what photo we should use. Her suggestions…..do you see a pattern here?!

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We’re dying to see if there are other couples who fight about these silly things as much as we do. If you have any crazy but loving fights tell us about them in the comments!

Traveling As A Couple : A Survival Guide

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There is nothing that brings a couple together like the embarrassment and  laughter of dealing with a tourista related “accident” on a bus, or hearing the effects of your loved one’s violent tummy bug when your hotel room toilet has a curtain instead of a door.

This of course is exacerbated when you are traveling in places with new languages, say goodbye to discretion when you and your partner are trying to explain tampons to a shop assistant with hand gestures. Especially when they ask a few local guys to help them understand what you are looking for.

Most people hang out with their partner outside of work hours, and even with that limited time we get to know their jokes, stories and ways they behave.

When you travel as a couple, you will hear your partners responses, stories and jokes so many times you will be able to recite them word for word. In fact you may even remember them better than your partner, and prompt them to tell a certain story, or fill in the gaps when they hesitate.

Successful traveling couples, soon get to a point where they will accept each other for who they are. If they don’t their intolerance will cause constant arguments and will doom the relationship.

Traveling together gives you a chance to overwhelm each other with those little annoying things that normal couples bicker over from time to time; wet towels on the bed, toilet seat up, too much time getting ready, being picky about this or that.

Now that you travel together you see that thing everyday… EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

The Mr. and I understand each others mumbles, sighs and facial expressions like a secret 2nd language. We communicate with a mixture of hand signals, weird made up words, imitations of people we have met, bizarre noises, half sentences and the tail end of dozens of private jokes or experiences we have had along the way.

If you spend many months (or years) traveling together your secret language will become second nature as you mainly speak to each other. In fact you will have to work hard to hide it when you return to normal life.

And yes… you do need to hide it, because lets face it; communicating in your own made up language ranges from corny and goofy, to just plain weird.

When you travel long term, there are a lot of decisions to make in each day that you just don’t need to think about at home. As well as the constant packing and unpacking, you will encounter thousands of transportation issues, sightseeing, food, planning, health, entertainment, destination, money and shopping choices… to name a few!

Over time you naturally become more efficient as you find ways to work together to live as easy a life as possible inside the adventure you have created for yourselves, you will start to naturally compensate for each others weaknesses and at the same time learn from and influence each other. Together you grow faster than you do when you have to work everything out for yourself.

You have two sets of eyes and ears, you look out for each other and know instinctively when you can help out. Being in an “team” like this gives you a comforting experience of familiarity and security wherever you find yourself in the world.

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 Some tips for couples traveling together:

  • Make sure you both look over the plan before the trip. If one of you feels like you’ve planned it all and something goes wrong, there will be tension, trust me. The person who didn’t plan will feel like the planner made a mistake, and the planner will resent the other person for not helping. Have equal investment!
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses. It’s good to be aware of what you are each good at & not so good at, so that you can fill in your strengths where the other person is weak. For example, I really love doing the research for trips and picking where we should go and where to stay, and finding the bargains, but I love to have the Mr. read all the reviews, pick restaurants, help pack, know what to avoid, and get tips from the locals.
  • Figure out early on what kind of traveler you both are. I like to have a plan (i’m a little OCD), and the Mr. likes to discover things as we go. so, we compromise and make a plan together before trips, but leave room for flexibility so we can go off of the itinerary and explore new things.
  • Have a sense of humor! Whether a flight gets delayed, luggage gets lost, the hotel doesn’t look exactly like the pictures, you are bound to have some unpleasant experiences. Being able to laugh is key, because lots of times there’s nothing else you can do. I am pretty good at this, I don’t get riled up to easily. Sometimes there is no point in getting angry, nothing will change. I usually tend to act if I can change something, get a refund, discount or credit. But most of the time, c’est la vie. Nothing will go perfectly as planned. I expect things to go wrong, so I am not as upset when it happens. If it can be fixed, I do my best, if not, just roll with the punches. The Mr. has a different outlook. He gets riled up pretty easily and complains. Sometimes I want to tear my hair out, but everyone deals differently. Its good to have a ying and yang. He reciprocates, when I am so into the culture and forget my purse, carry my money in my hand, or do something crazy, he is there with a level head to remind me to be careful and be safe. My head ends up in the clouds quite often.
  • Plan to splurge. even though we’re young and follow a strict budget, we like to splurge once in a while on trips. Plan on spoiling your significant other. I always have something in mind I want to get for the Mr. on a trip. Weather its a great massage at a spa, or an incredible excursion, or a nice dinner, plan to surprise your love with something fun on the trip.

Unconventional Date Ideas

Dinner and a movie is a nice way to spend an evening with your other half, but sometimes, “nice” isn’t really what you need. Sometimes, you need exciting, adventurous, nostalgic, romantic…I am sure that you’re getting the idea. I’ve decided to write up a few unexpected date night ideas that can help reignite your relationship that the Mrs. and I enjoy.

picnic at sunrise

The “Rise & Shine”
A picturesque sunset picnic might be a cliche, but what about an early morning picnic at sunrise? Now, that’s something new! Break up that old fashioned routine by setting an early alarm on a weekend, pack up some good breakfast treats, and venture out during the peaceful pre-dawn hours.

The “Very First Date-iversary” (Creative? Don’t judge me lol)
With this idea, try to recreate your very first outing together, down to the very last detail. Wear the same blouse or button-up you wore the magical night that started it all, if you still have it. Arrive separately, if possible, try to arrange sitting at the same table and order the same drinks and entrees. We promise you’ll get those same butterflies you had the first time around and feel like teens who are over-thinking, “If I make the first move, am I being weird?” all over again.

The Classic “Play Date”
Embrace your inner child with a day of innocent kid-like activities such as flying kites, water balloon fights, scavenger hunts or miniature golf. We’ve always had great dates doing something out of the ordinary. Put the button up and high heels away and do something fun, active and be kids again. Take her go kart racing, spend the day at a theme park, or go to an arcade.

haunted house

“The Adrenaline Rush”
So there’s fear and of course there is love. Since we’re in the Halloween season, try giving your relationship a healthy hit of adrenaline with a heart-pounding haunted house tour… or two. Do research on haunted houses and events in your area to find the spookiest set-up near you and be prepared to want to jump into your love’s arms for comfort—or, you know, vice versa. My favorite is Haunted Horror Nights at Universal Studios or Fright Fest at Six Flags, if either theme park is in your area.

The “Amazing Race”
Looking for some fun and exciting action that’ll test your wits and teamwork ability by participating in a real world scavenger hunt? I suggest signing up for Geocaching. Curious and want more details, huh? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using your GPS-enabled device(s). Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates attempting to find geocache’s (containers) hidden at that specific location. It’s a treasure hunt for the 21st century! My brother-in-law and nephew-in-law do this activity together on weekends as a good bonding exercise. Create your own adventures for your girl or guy, or download the Geocache app and embark on a mission together. The Mrs. loves it!

Volunteer Together
Find a local volunteer organization, find a project that interests you both and spend a day giving back to the community. It truly is better to give than to receive and doing this activity together can definitely strengthen your bond.

Brewery Tours
Local breweries are popping up all over the place, especially in California, and most of them have behind the scenes tours along with tastings of the variety of beers they brew. As a man, this sounds like a dream to me, but be sure the Mrs. or girlfriend is up for it as well.

*queue in the drum roll please* “Destination Unknown”
Definitely known as one of our favorite unconventional date ideas! Pack a bag and head to the airport, because you’re leaving town for the weekend, at least. Sure, you could plan a mini-vacay, but it’ll be much more exciting to show up at the airport and pick the cheapest—and soonest—available flight that day, jet off and spend the weekend exploring whatever city or island you end up in.

That’s about all that I can think of at this point, but I am sure more ideas will come up as the Mrs. and I playfully bicker,  “What do you want to do this weekend?”. I truly hope this post helps any of you out there looking for fun, new and exciting things to do together. Have some great date ideas? Leave them in the comments below!