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How to Vacation-Proof Your Marriage

March 14, 2023
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Have you and your spouse ever been on a getaway together or a family vacation and it didn’t go so well? We can relate! Today we’ll share a few of our stories, list some reasons you might be experiencing conflict away from home, and give you five marriage survival tips to help you vacation-proof your marriage. 

5 Possible Reasons Couples Have Vacation Conflict 

1.    We’re out of our normal routine.
2.    We’re “living” in small spaces.
3.    We have different vacation styles.
4.    We’re sleep deprived.
5.    We’re navigating challenges with kids.

5 Must-Pack Marriage-Survival Tools for Vacation

1. Accurately assess your situation and realize sometimes it will bring out your worst.
2. Remember that you’ll be home soon and back to those regular, comfortable habits.
3. Fake it until you make it. You know you love your spouse; you just don’t feel like it.
4. Have a common enemy.
5. Laugh about it together and don’t wait until it’s all over.

Us Time Challenge

This week, look back at a previous vacation that maybe didn’t go so well. Talk and laugh about what you could have done differently. Focus on your own behavior and attitudes, not your spouse’s.   

Links Mentioned in This Episode

•    “Your Daily Routines Aren’t Mundane—They’re Actually Keeping You Sane and Healthy (It’s Science)” from ( 

Team Us Resources

•    Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage (
•    FREE Team Us Study Guide ( 

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Ted and Ashleigh first met in Chesapeake, Virginia in 2001. In December 2002, they said, “I do, of course!” Since then, they’ve lived in five more states and celebrated the births of four daughters. Both have master’s degrees in Communication from Regent University, and over the years they’ve served as premarital mentors for engaged couples.

Ted’s a website developer, and Ashleigh is the author of the books Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment and Cooperation in Marriageand Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life Is Hard.

Ashleigh has also written for publications including, Focus on the Family Magazine,, and HuffPost.

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