Two C’s When Traveling With Your Spouse

Recently my husband, Jeff and I traveled to Vermont.  We had a wonderful time.  But before we went, we should have talked about the two C’s.  So what are the two C’s?  Communication and Compromise.  The two C’s are essential when traveling with your spouse if you want to enjoy your time together.

Communication When Traveling With Your Spouse

We need to communicate our expectations of the trip and then be able to compromise when our expectations are different.  I was really excited about this trip to Vermont.  I had been there a couple of times and Jeff had never been to Vermont.  Knowing Jeff, I felt like he would love this trip.

My mother and step-father had a home in Quechee, Vermont for a few years so I had the opportunity to go there a couple of times with my children. Both times I went was during the winter.  It was quite beautiful and we had a lot of fun.  But there were so still so many things I wanted to do but didn’t get around to doing when I visited before.


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The Back of Woodstock Inn


Two C's When Traveling With Your Spouse
The Spa at Woodstock Inn

So as much as I thought this trip was for Jeff, I soon realized it was really for me.  I had always wanted to go in the fall to see all of the beautiful foliage.  There is a little town near Quechee called WoodstockThe Woodstock Inn is a quaint hotel that I knew would be the perfect place for us to stay.

Usually, Jeff does all the planning but on this trip, I knew exactly where I wanted to stay so I called to book our stay.  I specifically asked for a room with a fireplace.  After I got the trip booked, we had to change the date so Jeff called to make the change.

Two C's When Traveling With Your Spouse
Simon Pierce
Two C's When Traveling With Your Spouse
Quechee Gorge

We flew into Manchester, New Hampshire and drove to Woodstock.  It was about an hour and a half drive.  We were both excited to see all of the fall colors.  However, once we got our car and got on the road we were a little disappointed.  The leaves were not as colorful as we had hoped.  We still had hope, since we had some driving time.  However, we learned from the locals that due to the exceptionally warm fall this was about as good as it was going to get as far as the colors go.


Two C's When Traveling With Your Spouse
Billings Farm

When we checked in I was shocked when I saw our room…no fireplace.  I couldn’t understand what happened.  I thought they must have gotten something wrong.  When I called the front desk, she assured me that we had the type room we requested and they were booked and had no fireplace rooms.  Well, to say I was a little disappointed is an understatement.

Then I realized what had happened when Jeff had called to change the dates of our reservation he found out the rooms with the fireplaces smell smokey and are a little smaller so he decided to change our room type. At first, I was really upset with Jeff.  But after talking to the bellman and the front desk person, they assured me that we were in one of the best rooms.  Later, we got to look at a room with a fireplace and Jeff did make a good decision.  He just didn’t communicate with me.

Two C's When Traveling With Your Spouse
Jeff with the cows at Billings Farm


Two C's When Traveling With Your Spouse
Deanna trying to pick an apple

Compromise When Traveling With Your Spouse

Compromise is important in our relationship and especially when we travel. Luckily for us, this is pretty easy for us when we travel we don’t end up having to compromise a lot.

Some of the fun things we did in Vermont that I would recommend:

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Jeff taking a break and eating an apple at the top of Mount Tom.


Traveling With Your Spouse
Deanna reading the trail map at the top of Mount Tom.

I would definitely recommend a trip to Woodstock and Quechee Vermont.  This will not be our last!  The Woodstock Inn will be doing some renovating in the next year and I can’t wait to go back!

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