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Staying Close When Your Spouse Has to Travel

If you or your partner has to travel a lot for work, these suggestions will help you stay close.

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When you are traveling, send your spouse flowers or a basket of fruit with a note that says “I miss you.”

There are many things to consider if you travel for work and still want to maintain a great relationship. It's easy to lose some degree of connection with your spouse when you are away from home. There are many things you can do to ensure that your marriage is strong when one of you travels a lot. Here are some things you can try:

  1. Talk to each other at least once every single day. There is absolutely no excuse not to have a daily phone conversation with your spouse. It's so important to maintain contact with each other. Even a brief conversation that lasts only a few minutes will help keep the two of you connected and will prevent each of you from feeling lonely and like separate people rather than the closely bonded couple that you are!

  2. Spend as few nights as possible apart from each other. If you are away from your spouse for only one or two nights, it's much easier to maintain the day-to-day closeness in your relationship than when you are apart for a week at a time. Take the time to evaluate how important each activity is on your trip. You might be able to trim a day or two from your time away by rearranging your schedule or eliminating some less important activities.

  3. Go together. If it's feasible for both of you to go together when one of you needs to travel for work, do it. It will give you a chance to have some time together in a hotel room that is already paid for! Especially consider doing this when one of you needs to travel to an interesting city or a pretty resort.

  4. Greet each other warmly when you are reunited. It's especially important to treat each other well when one of you returns home so you don't forget how much you enjoy each other's company.

  5. Spend time catching up on your time apart when the traveler returns home. Arrange a special date or a quiet dinner at home to catch up on each other's activities. Don't just ignore the days that went by. Make them part of your marriage by talking about them with each other.

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