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Re­cap­tur­ing ro­mance


Wher­ever you went (or dreamed of go­ing) for your hon­ey­moon Nate and I spent our hon­ey­moon at a Mex­i­can re­sort, swill­ing Te­cate and ap­ply­ing mois­turiser to each other’s sun-seared skin. When we re­turned years later, not much had changed – but we had. I brought the same bikini (still fit!) and Nate packed his beloved team’s vi­sor so we could redo some pho­to­graphs. But we re­alised that time had made us more in tune with each other. We took naps, read books, swam in our pri­vate pool and spent hours rem­i­nisc­ing at din­ner. It was more ro­man­tic than our hon­ey­moon. And no sun­burn.

THE TAKE­AWAY New ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Vis­it­ing a far­away place, es­pe­cially on a hon­ey­moon, can be stress­ful. When you go back, many of the stresses are gone. “You know your way around,” says Art Mark­man, a pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy. “Plus, you get to share the joy of think­ing about how young and clue­less you were the first time.”

DO IT YOUR­SELF Can’t swing a re­turn trip? Try a low-cost al­ter­na­tive, like the ho­tel you stayed in on your wed­ding night. If you went to Bali, try an In­done­sian restau­rant. France? Watch a French movie with a nice Bordeaux and cheese. It’s about mem­o­ries, men.

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