Before I go throwing stones at glass houses here, let me be clear: I will be spending my own Labor Day Weekend on vacation with my dad. And I'm very excited about it.
BUT if you do have a significant other you're crazy about (or even one you're lukewarm about), and neither of you have already made plans for this Labor Day, I'm hard-pressed to figure out any logical reason you two lovebirds shouldn't just go on vacation together.
In fact, I could come up with a whole list of reasons why you should just do it — a list I just so happen to have written out for you right here!
OMG, would you look at that? What a coincidence.
Read along and start packing your bags. YOU'RE GOING ON VACATION.
1. It will give you time to talk things out.
A whopping 78 percent of people have had a serious discussion about their relationships in a car, according to a brand new "Love on the Road" survey by Ford Motor Company and YourTango.
Maybe your Labor Day road trip will be the perfect chance to finally discuss that big elephant in the room you've been avoiding for so long (you know the one).
Even if you don't necessarily go on a road trip, the uninterrupted, quality time spent traveling together will serve as a great opportunity for you two lovebirds to really have all of those ~intimate~ conversations.
2. It could be a huge milestone.
The same Ford/YourTango study found that over half of their respondents (57 percent) admitted to having some sort of "first" with their partner in a car.
Whether it be a first kiss or a first "I love you," the intimate time together in the car seemed to be the perfect space for many respondents to engage in these pivotal moments.
So, perhaps your drive to that pretty lake could also be the first time BAE tells you he loves you? #EEK!
3. It could be a nice way to spice up your sex life.
"The two of us in the backseat..."
The same can be said for joining the mile-high club, or getting it on in the sleeper car of Amtrak. See, who needs a car? I'm a problem-solver.
4. It's a chance for the two of you to enjoy each other without interruption.
Between friends, families and jobs, day-to-day life is filled with interruptions, which means your relationship happens when you have time for it. And, more often than not, you don't.
You try to make the most of it by dragging each other along to events with friends, families and co-workers. When you do have a chance to spend some one-on-one time together, you're so exhausted, you spend most of it at home watching a movie and scrolling through your Instagram feeds.
A vacation is the perfect chance for you to hang up and actually HANG OUT with each other again.
Put your phone away — you're not at work and nobody needs you, and all your friends and family are too busy on their own vacations to need you. Now is your time to just focus on each other.
Your relationship happens when you have time for it. And, more often than not, you don't.
5. It will help you reconnect.
All of these interruptions and distractions have a way of distancing you from your partner. It's hard to have those deep — and deeply rewarding — conversations with so little time.
Sure, you physically spend a lot of time together, but penciling in time to really appreciate each other gets tricky between happy hours, birthday dinners and work parties.
Take this vacation as an opportunity to fall in love all over again... or maybe for the first time!
6. It will be a nice change from your routine.
It's easy to fall into a rut when you've been with the same person for awhile.
You sleep at their place or yours, you argue about where you're going to order takeout from and you take each other as dates to each other's events.
A Labor Day vacation is a chance to do something different that will really wake up your relationship and get it going back in full-throttle mode.
7. It's your last chance to get some fun in the sun before it starts cooling down.
WINTER IS COMING. I repeat, WINTER IS COMING.
Do not be a boring loser sitting at home in your sweats near the air conditioning.
Instead, you could be out catching some rays and letting your body snag its last chance at some color before it kisses the sun goodbye for the next few months.
Save the snuggling with your SO for when it's your only option (i.e. when it's negative five degrees outside). Take this time to enjoy life outside together.
Save the snuggling with your SO for when it's your only option.
8. It will put your relationship to the test.
Spending some uninterrupted time together is no joke. It's basically a chance to play house for 72 hours.
Now's your chance to find out if your significant other is really someone you enjoy playing that game with... or not.
9. Or, you could meet someone totally new.
If you're single, DON'T WORRY. This article is for you, too.
Topdeck Travel, a group travel-arranging company for 18-30-year-olds, just released a study that found one in eight millennial men hope to find their significant other while traveling.
In fact, they also found that one in 11 postgraduate Millennials have actually met their significant others while traveling abroad (shoutout to my co-worker, Sheena, who's a single postgraduate Millennial traveling abroad RIGHT NOW).
She's got the right idea this Labor Day Weekend. Now, it's your turn to book the tickets or load up the car and go, baby, go.
Start packing your bags. It's time to find — or strengthen — your LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE.