Truth be told, I spent most of last week in bed. And let’s just say that it wasn’t because I was sick. I share that because, with Labor Day weekend just one month away, many of you may be trying to nail down your end-of-summer plans.
And if you’re hoping to treat yourself to a bit of bliss, I highly recommend seriously considering the sex “staycation.”
That’s right. Forget losing a day of vacation camping out at the airport, standing in long lines with fellow frustrated travelers, dealing with lost baggage and spending your hard-earned money in the blink of an eye. Your best “getaway” with a special someone this coming holiday may be just as well spent between your very own sheets.
Keeping the home fires burning has never held so much appeal. There are plenty of pluses to making love and merry all within the comforts of your own crib. A sex staycation is:
— Low cost. You don’t have to pay for gas, checked baggage, lodging, a leased car, room service, restaurant meals, etc.
— An opportunity to reclaim your boudoir. Your bed is no longer a place you crash into after a long, tiring day. It’s a haven for hot, horizontal action!
— Less stressful. You don’t have to deal with any travel annoyances.
— More time for sex! With zero travel, you get to capitalize on quality time not spent flying, driving or hearing “Are we there yet??” for the umpteenth time.
— Not having to worry about traveling with your sex toys. (I’ve had too many couples bashfully share the horror of a baggage screener asking “What’s this?”)
So how do you go about having a sex-fest weekend? Here are the new house rules ...
Banish all kids and pets.
A lack of privacy makes for a lack of passion play. If you can’t secure childcare or promise a lack of disruption, you might as well plan for the family vacation. You need to ensure an environment that feels like a romantic vacation. Plus, you’ll feel less inhibited and rushed knowing you have zero risk of interruption.
Stock up on all essentials.
This is not the weekend to run out of toilet paper, toothpaste, condoms, lubricant. ... Have everything you need to survive a weekend at home. (Note: if you are in dire need of something, try shopping for groceries online.)
You will work up a thirst for something more than sex over the weekend. So have plenty of water handy, as this will ensure you don’t get a headache from dehydration. Drinking regularly will also keep the wet kisses, among other things, flowing.
Toast your alone time!
Speaking of drinks — be sure to hit the liquor store, picking up any wines, cordials, champagnes or beers you fancy over the holiday. An aphrodisiac for many, sipping on your favorite cocktail, brew, or vintage can add just the right festive touch.
Plan to refuel.
And how nice that we’re not talking about your gas tank! You’re going to work up quite an appetite getting all over each other –- I’m talking famished! While some couples love making a romantic dinner together, others will want to order in, getting out of bed only to get the goods. So collect take-out menus from your favorite restaurants, or bookmark your preferred menu pages online so you can place an order quickly.
Maintain a ‘no clothing’ policy.
Just don’t forget to slip something on when greeting the delivery man.
Create a sensual home environment.
Setting the mood for your weekend can be foreplay in and of itself. It’s exciting to plan the lighting, scents, or feels that are going to turn you and your lover on. Have fun brainstorming all of the ways you can awaken your senses and truly lavish in them knowing that it’s frolic for just the two of you.
Pretend that you’ve taken a trip to the moon.
For once, be free of daily obligations, including that of being available at everyone’s beck and call. Turn off all phones. Unplug the TV. Forget about checking e-mail, text messages, faxes ... Your sex staycation should be all about the two of you.
Anticipate being bed bound (binds/cuffs optional).
In general, the only really good excuses to get out of bed are if you long to shower or need to hit the bathroom. It’s not a bad idea, however, to change up where you’re having sex, as this could be anywhere in your home, like the bathtub, on the floor, atop your dining room table, up against your patio windows...
Don’t even think about lifting a finger.
Being on vacation means no housework or laundry — unless you want to refresh your sheets. In that case, take advantage of the spin cycle!
Remember to sleep.
You will need to recharge. Not that I’m knocking sloth-like sex, but having sex breeds the desire for more sex... and you can eventually wear yourself out. Believe me. If you don’t, plan on taking the following Tuesday – and even Wednesday – off to recover.
Dr. Yvonne Kristín Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of Sexuality Source Inc. She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."