I recently read an article giving reasons why couples should vacation over spending money on “things”. This has been my philosophy for the last 4 years and has been pretty easy to stick to…until we bought a house. We bought our first house a few weeks before our fourth anniversary and of course, with moving from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 3 story townhouse, there are a millions things you literally need. I didn’t want to do anything for our anniversary. I just wanted to stay in and fill up our new home. But we have had a busy, and at times, very stressful year so taking a mini-vacay had to make the list of priorities. So what if my newly painted walls are empty and we don’t have a full length mirror? What we are getting in return will give more water to our ever-growing marriage than knick-knacks ever will. Plus, drinking a Gin and Tonic (with extra lime) and indulging in fried oysters by the water isn’t so bad either. I like to look at anytime we spend a little extra money or time with one another not as a waste or even a hit to our budget, but an investment in our marriage. One thing that has always brought us together and has centered our marriage is saving money to spend lavishly. We make sure to always do something “just for us” for our anniversary but that hasn’t meant an expensive, exotic vacation every year. Our first anniversary was spent in my Mother-In-Law’s house, when she was away visiting family. Our dinner was homemade Fettuccine Alfredo and a shared pint of Ben and Jerry’s. It was special because it was time spent together with the finances we had. Since then, we have been able to upgrade to places like Colonial Willamsburg (love it!) and Disney World (my happy place!) This year we decided to take a road trip to Charleston, SC. And that, my friends, is where this adventure begins.
Charleston is full of charming homes and structures that have history literally nailed to their doorways. It’s also hard to describe the place: Georgetown meets Rodeo Drive meets New Orleans?? Regardless of your vacationing style, this place satisfies the simple getaway craving we all get around this time of year.
I will be posting later about the fabulous places where we enjoyed a bite to eat. I’m still in food heaven. But the moral of the story is to find something that works with your budget to do and love with your significant other. There are few things that bring a couple together more than experiencing a place, hand in hand. Also, I want to move to Charleston.