5 Traditions We Have Started Together

5 traditions we have started together to travel and beyond

photo: Chesapeake Charm Photography

It was a goal of ours to start traditions since we got married last year. We wanted to have little things that we could continue throughout our lives that we could eventually have with our family. Starting traditions is no easy task, especially when you are combining traditions already in place amongst your individual families. We wanted to continue some traditions that we had throughout our lives, but also start new ones that are our own.

We had a busy year with some health bumps along the way, but I am really excited about some traditions we have started in the last year. A few of these we started while we were dating, and we’re happy to continue them for as long as we can. While we have started some smaller traditions and others that are still evolving, these are five of my favorites so far.

5 traditions we have started together to travel and beyond

Valentines Day Fondue & Chick-fil-a
I was never a fan of Valentines Day so when we started dating, Dave made it a point to make it something special. It was nice to go out to dinner for our first two years, but then the third year we were dating was after Dave’s surgery and we decided to stay in and have fondue, it was the perfect balance between something special and still being coy at home. We also realized that we had Chick-fil-a for breakfast, just as we did the year before, which is a tradition we decided to carry on as well.

Experiences
We both agree that experiences mean so much more to the two of us than most gifts ever could. We love seeing new places and doing new things together, which is why we have decided to mainly give each other experiences as gifts. This mostly isn’t exactly a gift since we talk about our travel plans, but for holidays and birthdays it’s nice to put money towards going on a vacation rather than yet another video game or purse.

Anniversary Photos
We just started this over the summer and I think it’s the tradition I am most excited for. I can’t wait to see how our photos change year after year. We got pretty cheesy with the photos, but I am really excited to have them.

5 traditions we have started together to travel and beyond

Thanksgiving Getaway
I have mentioned before that we take a trip the day after Thanksgiving and we have done this 3 times so far. We love spending a long weekend somewhere to get the holiday season started. We like to visit somewhere that has a tree lighting, Christmas village or something similar. This year we will be taking party in the Disney World Christmas festivities.

Fireplace Celebration
When it’s time to start using our fireplace for the winter, we have decided to make it something a little special. For the first fire of each season we turn off electronics, grab some warm beverages and just relax for a little while. It’s a fun way to welcome in a new season and spend time together in our house.

Do you have any special traditions with your spouse/significant other?

PS- The time has almost arrived where I will be finished with Wedding Wednesday posts, and Nikki and I have decided to start the search for a co-host to replace me for the link-up. I’m SO sad for my time with Wedding Wednesday to come to an end, but it’s been a great run starting from before I was engaged and lining up with Kristen, to co-hsting with Meg and now Nikki. I have loved reading everyones engagement stories, seeing wedding photos, and hearing advice from different brides all over. We would love to find someone that is in the beginning stages of wedding planning to take over my portion of the link-up, in order for them to remain a host for a longer amount of time. Please either send me an email (totravelandbeyond@gmail.com) or leave a comment if you are interested!


Nikki and I love reading all about your big day, someone else’s wedding adventures, or anything else wedding related. We just can’t wait to read all about it, so link-up with us for Wedding Wednesday!

To Travel & Beyond



  • Ashley Stephenson

    Love these traditions! Hopefully Valentine’s Day doesn’t fall ever fall on a Sunday so you can get the Chickfila breakfast! We switch off each year for valentines of staying in and going out. This valentines will be our year to stay in!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It actually fell on a Sunday last year, so we had Chickfila for breakfast the day before, and then got two sandwiches to have the next day for lunch haha.

  • http://www.always-al.com/ Alexandra Stacey

    These traditions all sound so awesome! I love that you guys are doing photos every year. I want to start a travel tradition too, but I think we might do the week between Christmas and New Years. I’ve loved following along on your first year as a married couple!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am clearly SO behind on responding to comments! thank you!! I love that we have a few things we can call our own. Having photos done was so much fun and I can’t wait to see how we change in the photos after a few years.

  • http://www.CommuniKait.com Kait

    I absolutely love the fireplace celebration tradition! That is so sweet :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I love being able to just sit back and relax for a little while.

  • http://treasuretromp.com/ Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    aww, I love all of these!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Awww these traditions are fantastic!! I especially love the fireplace one :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I really like that one, too.

  • https://beneaththefireworksblog.wordpress.com/ Erika Powell

    These traditions are so great! we have some fun traditions we have started too and it is so nice to have them!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I agree! It’s nice to have something you can call your own in these cases :)

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    These are all so cute – I especially love the fireplace one. What fun, interrupted time for just he two of you!!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! It’s really nice for us to have at least one moment during the busy season to just sit down and chill out for a little while.

  • http://www.bourbonlipstickandstilettos.com/ Bourbon & Lipstick

    These are all so sweet! I love the fireplace tradition – that is such a great idea! And the day after Thanksgiving trip! Traditions are seriously the best. I think it’s great to make them as a family!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you! Our Thanksgiving trip is probably my favorite one out of them all.

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    I love this post! I seriously love the last two- a Thanksgiving getaway has me feeling SO excited for the holiday season. Do you ever find that there’s a ton of traffic/people traveling? I wish we had a fireplace so we could totally copy your tradition but maybe one day! I know passing on the link up to someone else is probably super hard– you’ve done such a fantastic job and I have loved every single one of your wedding posts! An ending of an era! <3

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      So I’m a month late at responding, but anywayssss. We actually have never hit much traffic because we leave bright and early on black Friday and most people are out shopping, and then we come home sometime in the afternoon on Sunday. We also have never really been in a rush either way, so a few extra minutes on the road hasn’t bothered us. However, this is the first year we will be flying somewhere rather than driving.

  • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

    I love that you all have these little traditions! I would love to do anniversary photos, but it’s something Andre just cannot stand, so I know that would never happen!
    For our one-year anniversary this year, however, we are taking a trip in lieu of gifts, so that’s something I would definitely like to continue, as well.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am clearly SO behind on responding to comments- sorry! Your trip looked AMAZING! I am totally on the same page with trips instead of gifts. The memories that are made will always top any material gift, in my opinion.

      • http://www.apaperarrow.com Kayla Whitter

        Girl, you’re fine! I know you’re busy!
        And thank you. I definitely agree.

  • http://www.ashleylamar.com/ Ashley LaMar

    Sweet! I love the Thanksgiving getaway. That’s a great idea if you can continue to carry that on each year. We write thank you letters / cards to each other every year on Thanksgiving. We do it the night before and read them after Thanksgiving dinner. We don’t read them aloud, just quietly and in private, but it allows us to send each other a strong message of thankfulness for each other.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am clearly SO behind on responding to comments- sorry! I absolutely love the thank you letter idea. It’s so much easier to get your thoughts out on paper.

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