When you think of spring break, you may think of people in swimsuits, alcohol and nightly social events.
No matter if your vacation resembles an episode of the Jersey Shore or a quiet staycation at home, if your partner is headed somewhere else, this may be a tricky time in your relationship. We have thoughts on how to make sure your vacation is relaxing and without relationship drama.
It’s all about communication and explaining your expectations.
First, start the conversation with your partner. Let them know that you want to talk, just so you know where you’ll stand while being apart for the week. Let them know that you trust them, but you just want to know what’s up.
Take a minute to reaffirm your partner and your relationship. If you’re going to miss the other person, say it. Let them know that you’re having this talk because you care about each other, not because you’re feeling weird about the idea of being apart.
Ask what their expectations for you are, explain your expectations for them — this could be that you would rather them not be alone in a hotel room with someone of the opposite sex, or that you talk a certain amount while apart.
Figure out how you want to keep in touch. Is texting enough or do you want to schedule some Skype/FaceTime chats in too? Will your partner be able to be reached, depending on where he or she is going? You don’t want to find this out once you’ve said your goodbyes. Discuss it now while everyone has clear cell phone reception and access to internet.
Tell your partner to have fun. Spring break wasn’t designed to break up solid couples. It’s a week to de-stress, so neither you nor your partner should be freaking out about your relationship during this time. If you’ve set clear expectations, then you’re good to go.
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