Just think of it: When was the last time you two got away - together? If it has been a while, this list will motivate you to book your next trip today.

1. Getaways are romantic

A chance to be alone with your spouse, without kids, work, household responsibilities and all the stress those things carry with them; no matter where you two go on your getaway, just being alone will bring back the aura and romance of your honeymoon.

2. Getaways are like mega-dates

Seriously. On a getaway, even a short one, you can fit what would have been eight date nights into one weekend. You could take a pottery class, go hiking, eat out, see a play, shop for clothes, dance, hot tub and more. However, it is important to note that big getaways without regular dates in between will not offer all the nurturing that your marriage needs. You need both. Getaways don't make up for a year of no dates.

3. Getaways help you strengthen your friendship as husband and wife

You can finally do fun things together. All day, every day. You can laugh, play, joke, work out and experience new things together; just like the best friends that you are.

4. Getaways give you time and space for romantic sex

We don't need to say much more, do we?

5. Getaways offer you a chance to talk about more than day-to-day life

When you get away, you are together 24/7 for a few days at a time. You can talk about goals, dreams, big plans, hard things, struggles and more. You can flirt and ask each other questions like you did when you were dating. You can talk about the adventures you have or where you want to eat. Getaways give you a great chance to talk about everything and anything. Oh, and they are a great place to try out the 36 questions that will help you fall in love with your spouse again.

6. Getaways give you a break from the humdrum of everyday life

You and your spouse need something to look forward to; something that is just for the two of you, and a time and place where you can do things you never get to do together. Enjoy relaxing in a bed that someone else made and eating food that you don't have to prepare yourself.

7. Getaways give you a chance to recharge

There is something renewing about getting away — stepping away from all the stress of everyday life. It's important to try to unplug a bit too, so that you don't waste your whole getaway on your phone or tablet.

8. Getaways help you create happy memories

Getaways will give you huge boosts to your marital self-esteem. Plus, you will create thousands of happy memories and inside jokes. Take lots of pictures, and look back on them from time to time, bringing back a whole bunch of "remember when ... " laughs.

9. Getaways give you a chance for adventure

Plan your getaways together, as husband and wife. Take turns picking where you want to go and what you want to do. Having adventures together, which invites the novelty of trying new things, will bring back a host of happy, butterfly-type feelings for both of you.

10. Getaways help you fall in love all over again

It's true. Getaways are the perfect combination to help you and your spouse fall in love again. They take you out of your normal routine, your normal stresses and marital conflicts and offer you a fresh chance; a new start. It's a chance to treat each other with respect and kindness, to show extra love and affection, and to really enjoy each other in intimate settings.

A romantic getaway is just what you and your spouse need.

This article was originally published on Nurturing Marriage. It has been republished here with permission.

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