Some months back, a colleague of mine seemed extremely worried about her married life and how things were going with her husband. She was concerned that they might get separated if things didn't take a turn for the better. Reason? The couple felt that they didn’t have enough time for each other. This made me realise that in long-term relationships, sometimes real life can get in the way, no matter how close you and your partner are.
So, what do you do when you need to fan those flames a little to reignite your relationship? Travel, I say! But I'm not talking about the conventional, chill-by-the-beach vacation. Sometimes, you need something that is slightly more exciting and will take you off the beaten path. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Discover each other’s creative side
Tucked away in the remote village in Madhya Pradesh, hidden between mustard and sugarcane fields, Art Ichol is a luxury experience perfect for all kinds of artists and creatives. The beauty of this Airbnb lies in the fact that one can adapt to it as per their idea of a retreat.
Their specialised estates, each set within four acres of lush green environs, offer a unique experience with upscale lodging, incredible activities, and delicious meals prepared with organic food that is grown within the premises. Try your hand at pottery, learn metal casting together, or build a sculpture to take back home. Art Ichol gives you a chance to explore new facets of each others’ personality. Plus you can spend time drinking wine and spending quiet moments with each other to strengthen your bond.
Rs 6,500 per night
Maihar, Madhya Pradesh
Enjoy fishing and romantic evenings
This isn’t another houseboat pegged as a romantic stay. A floating villa set up on two canoes in Lake Vembanad, this beautiful Airbnb, run by a local family is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway. Let the gentle waves rock you to sleep and let the sound of water lapping up against the shore wake you up. Sit on the porch outside your room to watch the sunset and take the canoe out for a spin into the backwaters as you try your hand at fishing. The hosts can even make you a lovely dinner with the catch of the day. It doesn’t get better than this!
Rs 2,500 per night
Aryad South, Kerala