As much as it pains me to admit, there are times when sex and sexuality is simply not on the agenda. During a vacation with extended family, in close living quarters… its a good example when even the most sexual of relationships may need to take a PG breather.
My wife and I used to dread these instances, to be honest. As much as we love our families, we have always sought to make sure that, when we vacation, we have some of our own space. But the truth us, that is not always possible. Sometimes you simply cannot steal away or find privacy. Sometimes a vacation truly is not sexy.
And this is OK.
Being forced to be non sexual is not the end of the world. In fact, we have found, it can actually be good for a relationship.
Staying PG for a week forces you to fall back on all of the non sexual things you appreciate in your partner. You have long dinners with nice conversations that never turn to sex. You spend evenings playing board games. You read more.
As much as we all hate to admit it, sex can be a crutch. In a good relationship, it can be so magnificently pleasurable that it becomes too frequent a go-to. Having it removed from you quiver of options may actually help you deepen your relationship in other ways.