Go­ing On Bae- cation?

Two i s bet­ter than one... Right? How to work the cou­ples’ re­treat even bet­ter

CLEO (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - David Smiedt has been CLEO’s male con­fi­dant f or over 10 years to tell you what’ s on the flip side.

Ro­man­tic hol­i­day. I ’m sure you’re imag­in­ing the loung­ing by t he pool in your hottest bikini, the smoothie bowls you’ll en­joy to­gether, and t he ro­man­tic sun­set walks by the beach that are bound to fill your In sta-feed with en vi­able con­tent. So far, sol it, right? But where is he in all of t his? Stand­ing by, smil­ing and play­ing his part as the I nsta­gram hus­band ( phone will­ing ly in his hand while you pose with t hat ele­phant) or as the per­fect prop that’ ll make your likes sky rocket?

This is where things start to break­down, be­cause take it from me, the male ver­sion of a ro­man­tic hol­i­day is less planned, and not as rich ly imag­ined. For us, it’ s more about be­ing able to wear shorts all the time and sleep in a dif­fer­ent bed. I’ d be ly­ing if I said that men didn’t place a cer­tain de­gree of fo­cus on the last part of the word wanderlust. But it’ s not all faced own on ho­tel linen—we love a ro­man­tic get­away as much as you do ... Just with less de­tail. Hon­estly, we love and ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fort you put into mak­ing these va cays ev­ery­thing they can be. But if you have am an who takes ini­tia­tive to make t he book­ings ahead ( “You pay less that way !”) and pr e-plan your meals ( “Only Gag­gan f or you, my love ”), then you def­i­nitely have your­self a keeper... Who’s mak­ing t he res to­fus look bad. The travel mo­ments men find the most ro­man­tic are rarely can­dlelit. Let me tell you one of mine: Af­ter a full day in tran­sit, we got to our ho­tel room at mid­night. We were tired, cranky, and it was def­i­nitely not the first night in par­adise we imag­ined. Spon­ta­neous ly, my woman called room ser­vice for che es burg­ers and a cou­ple of beers. Af­ter chow­ing down, we l aid back , stom­achs out and slightly buzzed, with t he knowl­edge that we be­haved like naughty kids with an adult bud­get. That set up t he rest of the week of fun: and it was amaz­ing. Away f rom home, phones off, just us ... I fell in love with her all over again. The point is, plan­ning is great, and we’ re grate­ful for it, but leave open the chance for spon­tane­ity. That way, you ( and hope­fully him) can step up to t he plate and dish up t he ro­man­tic equiv­a­lent of dé­gus­ta­tion.

Fi­nally, re­mem­ber t hat you’re on hol­i­day. Be­ing to­gether all the time does not al­ways breed in­ti­macy. He’ll prob­a­bly start clip­ping his toe­nails all over the floor and send you to the brink of a melt­down.

Take that cue to smile and say you’ re head­ing for the spa to wind down. A bit of sep­a­ra­tion, even if it’ s just for an hour or two, is pre­cisely what we need to re­alise how spe­cial of a time this trip is. Then we’ll try our hard­est to make ever y mo­ment spent with you as mag­i­cal as pos­si­ble. Now, if you’ll ex­cuse me, I’ ve got some room ser­vice to or­der and some Egyp­tian cot­ton sheets to mess up f or house­keep­ing...

#TFW you re­alise he takes great In­sta pho­tos

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