‘Tis the season for parties, dates, food and festivity in general. We have some tips for keeping things fresh and exciting for long-term couples, since maintaining the spark often requires imagination, creativity, and a willingness to try new things. One way to re-spark is to explore novel terrain together. Here are 7 ideas that can take your relationship to the next level:
Go On Vacation (If You Can!)
Surprise your partner with a completely new and exciting location as a holiday gift — something you’ve never done, or a place where you’ve never been before. If you are sporty, consider surfing in Rincon. Or if you prefer lounging oceanside or poolside, plan a trip to an exotic destination such as Bali or Hawaii. Or perhaps you want to visit a country you’ve never been to before, such as Ireland, Morocco, Portugal, or Turkey. Traveling re-boots your mindset and broadens your worldview. Alternatively, go on a road trip! Road trips are fantastic ways to bond over new places, sights, and activities without boarding planes. You can take your time and travel at leisure. Even if you simply drive to a local inn or resort, you can still learn a lot about each other in the process and have a new memory to share.
Use Sex Toys
Sex toys can bring a lot of pleasure and fun to a relationship. If you and your partner have been in a routine rut, this can blast you out of it. A night in with them can be a lot more exciting than going out for dinner or a movie if you have a mindset for fun. Today’s sex toy market provides many surprising options; for example, you can even try realistic sex dolls. Many couples feel more confident and ready to explore their sexual fantasies when they have someone they trust to act out their desires with. You can let your imagination run wild to create all sorts of kinky scenarios in a fantasy setting.
Take Up a New Sport
There are so many sports that you can enjoy with your significant other! For example, many couples find it fun to go rock climbing together, or biking, or horse riding, or even running. Any of these provide an excellent way to get to know each other better and learn how to work together as a team. Other couples prefer to play against each other. This way, you can get competitive with each other while doing something fun. Either way, you’ll both enjoy the new experience and could fall in love all over again on the tennis court.
Watch a New Anime
No matter what you might have heard — anime is not only for kids. There are many anime series that are great for adults and are also super popular among couples. So whether you are a fan of sci-fi or love dramas, you can find a new anime series to watch with your significant other. The best thing about anime is that it’s not limited to just one genre. You can choose from a variety of series, such as action, horror, comedy, and romance. If you find the perfect anime to watch with your partner, you can take it up a notch by cooking dinner or making some popcorn, then cuddling on the couch while you enjoy your favorite new show together. Winter weather can be so romantic!
Take a Cooking Class
Another thing you and your partner can do together is take up a new hobby, such as cooking. If you’ve already tried it in the past and find it enjoyable, then do it together to see what each of you brings to a dish. It’s a great way to spend time with someone you love, while preparing something tasty to eat. Not only will you get to share a new experience with your partner, but you can also get to know each other’s tastes and preferences better through the process. In the midst of chopping the vegetables or stirring the spaghetti sauce, you’ll find out which spices, cheeses, meats, and vegetables and dishes your partner prefers and dislikes – which is good info to have for the kitchen.
Yoga is a beautiful way to spark desire in your relationship. Not only do you and your loved one get to spend time together, but you also get to exercise your body and become healthier at the same time — which is excellent for strengthening your relationship and making it last long-term. If you’ve never tried yoga before, give it a shot. Many yoga studios offer classes designed especially for couples. Even if you try it by yourself at home, you can still benefit from the experience and then teach your partner a few simple moves. Yoga helps increase flexibility, strength, and endurance, resulting in more satisfying and healthy sex life.
Try a New Hobby
There are many hobbies apart from cooking that you can enjoy with your partner. For example, if you’re into board games, you can play chess, backgammon, mancala, or checkers. The great thing about these games is that you don’t even need to be a pro at them — as long as you and your partner enjoy playing them, you’ll have a blast. Other popular hobbies for couples include painting and drawing. If you and your partner are creative types, this might be ideal. It gives you a chance to bond over something you created together. Creating the artwork is just as fun as showing it to your friends, hanging it on the wall, or giving it as gifts.
No matter what you choose to do, the end goal is to keep your relationship vibrant and thrilling. You need to work at it at times, much like stoking a fire in a fireplace. You also don’t have to go too far to plan elaborate dates if you don’t want to – doing very ordinary things, or extraordinary things, together at home can be just as fun. So get back in the groove with these suggestions, and brainstorm some of your own.