The art of making a marriage work can often test even the strongest of couples, because you can never really prepare yourself for the challenges that come your way until they're right there on your doorstep. That may sound a little bit over the top and we can understand why, but trust us when we tell you that marriage isn't all about hugs, kisses, rainbows and unicorns.
It takes compromise, it takes hard work, and it takes a lot of dedication. If you aren't willing to pour all of that into it then you may be better off second guessing your decision to propose, especially if you aren't 100% convinced your partner is the one. Alas, that isn't what we're here to talk about, because we want to discuss a very specific element of married life.
That element is the trust put into the husband by the wife, and just how far that can stretch. We all know that wives up and down the country, and the world, can be incredibly forgiving, if only because they're willing to do everything in their power to make things work. However, these 25 entries showcase what we believe are no-gos for all husbands out there.
Yes, we're going to sound like incredibly boring individuals by the end of it, but there's a method to our madness. We're trying to put ourselves into the mind of an everyday wife, and how she'd feel about some of these trips. When you think of it that way, it's much easier to comprehend.
25 The Ledge, Chicago - Woah!
If you’re afraid of heights then you probably aren’t going to be all too interested in doing this anyway, but not everyone has that kind of trepidation. We can just picture the scenario: a husband is away on a business trip in Chicago, and all of a sudden he sends his wife a startling picture of him high up in the air with seemingly nothing to support him.
He’d find it incredibly funny and she would be panicking like a mad woman, thinking that something is about to go horribly wrong. Of course, a lot of this depends on how much your wife can take a joke – because sometimes, their ability to enjoy that kind of comedy is few and far between.
24 X-Scream, Nevada - Enough To Make You Faint
We’re going to embrace the adrenaline junkie within us once more, with what is known as one of the top three tallest amusement rides in the world – X-Scream. The thing about this one is that there isn’t even all too much of a rollercoaster type of sensation, so all you’re really doing is being thrown back and forth suspended high in the air.
We don’t need to be the ones to tell you that the majority of your better halves aren’t going to be in favour of the idea, but hey, at least you’re on the strip, so that’s something.
Who are we kidding – the fact that you’re in Vegas at all is probably going to be enough to make her head explode.
23 Las Vegas Strip, Nevada - Avoid!
Well, erm, yeah. Obviously.
Las Vegas is called Sin City for a reason, and we’re confident in saying that we’ve done our best to list every single one of those reasons over the course of the last few months and beyond. It’s one of those cities that you have to think really hard about visiting before you actually commit, because there could be repercussions that last quite a while even after your plane has landed.
Again, that sounds unbelievably ‘panicky’ but it’s true, and we’ve found in the past that most husbands don’t consider their wife’s opinion before booking the trip. Why? Well, we’ll go ahead and let you have a guess with that one.
22 Bourbon Street, Louisiana - Good Times Roll Here
If you’ve read our pieces in the past then you’ll be fully aware of the fact that we tend to think Bourbon Street is a bit overrated, even though the majority of you will tend to disagree.
It’s a dangerous place in more ways than one contrary to what people will have you believe, and it probably wouldn’t be all too pleasant for your wife to sit at home knowing that you’re getting up to no good over in NOLA.
Not everyone who goes there insists upon getting up to mischief, obviously, but the majority certainly do because that tends to be the main premise for visiting.
21 Key West, Florida - Fun Times For All
Boy oh boy, you haven’t quite known how to party unless you’ve headed to Key West. There’s a booming community there that makes for one of the more underrated party destinations in the country, mainly because of just how wild things can get.
A husband who has been let off his leash for a weekend and the term ‘wild things’ don’t exactly match up all that well together, and it’s not like that’s a new sensation by any stretch of the imagination. Key West is different in more ways than one, and the husband in question would likely come back with more than just a few controversial stories.
20 Atlantic City, New Jersey - A Valid Option
We’re heading over to the East Coast for our next entry, which you could argue is a slightly tamer version of Las Vegas. Unfortunately that isn’t saying much, because there are as many horror stories coming out of bachelor parties in the AC than there is in Vegas.
You may think that isn’t the case but it’s true, especially for guys out there who can’t really afford a trip to somewhere like Vegas. Your wife is likely going to be more on board with this idea than the last but we still think it shouldn’t be on your list of places to visit, as whipped as that may make you (and us) sound.
19 MMA Event - Don’t Get Any Ideas
Mixed martial arts isn’t for the delicate souls out there, mainly because it features two men or women trying to knock each other’s heads off. It’s entertaining to watch from the comfort of your own home, but in person, it’s a whole different ball game.
From the ring girls to the violence it can be difficult to separate reality from the action, especially if tensions end up getting too high in the crowd. Who knows, some husbands may decide to have a mid life crisis and engage in trying to become an amateur fighter. You just never know, guys.
18 Roswell, New Mexico - Will they come back?
Roswell is the home of all things UFO related, so if chatting about aliens isn’t your thing, then you may want to skip this one. New Mexico itself is a pretty spooky state but just being around Roswell will lead you to understand why it isn’t quite as popular as a lot of US folk would have you believe.
We aren’t suggesting that we believe in the sensation, and we aren’t suggesting your wife does either, but there’s always that sneaking suspicion. What if something did happen, and what if something did go wrong?
We are not alone, folks. Or are we?
17 The Super Bowl - Wait, How Expensive?
Ah, the Super Bowl. It’s one of the only sporting events throughout the year that will legitimately be watched by the majority of the US population, and the reason is because it’s just such a phenomenal spectacle.
Alas, there’s a reason why everyone tends to watch it at home – because it’s just so unbelievably expensive to actually watch it live. You’d probably need to get out a big, fat loan just to be able to afford the tickets, and explaining that to your wife would certainly make for an interesting conversation.
The only way in which this would probably be okay is if it was a free ticket that you’d won, and even then you’d almost certainly have to try and get one for your wife too.
16 Hamilton Pool, Texas - Don’t Be Silly
The tag line for this one is don’t be silly, and that really does sum up our general thought process for an entry like this. Hamilton Pool in Texas is a popular tourist destination mainly because of how beautiful it is, but also because people just love diving into the pool.
That makes sense, but as a counterpoint: cliff jumping is stupid and can lead to a multitude of injuries, and therefore, jumping into Hamilton Pool is just a little bit too much for us. There are plenty of other ways to satisfy your daredevil temptation, but as we continue to play the role of Buzz Killington, you’ll soon discover that there are some alternatives we also wouldn’t give the green light.
15 Dog Rescue Facility - Temptation Awaits
I mean come on, how on Earth are you going to say no to these little fellas?
Getting a puppy is a huge commitment, and yet it tends to be quite a common practice in the States to be impulsive and just buy one on a whim. While that may be fun and spontaneous, you need to think about your long term situation.
If you weren’t planning to have a pet, or if you’re having second thoughts, you shouldn’t go through with it. Too many animals out there, from dogs to cats and beyond, suffer because of negligence – and you need to be able to give them the love and care that they deserve.
14 Death Valley, California - It’s Just Logical
No, we aren’t talking about The Undertaker’s home – although some would argue the two are the same.
We’re talking about Death Valley in California, which holds the record for the hottest air temperature ever recorded on Earth at 56.7 degrees Celsius. That is just absolutely insane, and even on a standard day in the summer you’re still going to be experiencing the kind of heat that would be more than enough to burn you to a crisp.
It’s just not wise to go here, and again, we aren’t of the belief that what we’re saying is particularly controversial. Just don’t go there, folks.
13 Tattoo Parlour - Bad Idea
One of the big things that we’ve seen a multitude of husbands try to do over the years is hide or cover up a tattoo, mainly because they were either drunk or just really really stupid when they decided to get it.
So then, it makes sense that you should stay away from any and all tattoo parlours because 90% of the time, they don’t really care what kind of condition you’re in. As long as you’ve got the money to pay them and you’re somewhat conscious, then they’ll get started with no hesitation.
Seriously, think this one through, or at the very least make sure you’re with someone semi-sensible.
12 Metal Concert - Messy Stuff
Have you ever heard of a mosh pit? They’re completely stupid and make absolutely no sense, and one of our friends at college even sustained a cracked skull courtesy of one. True story.
The majority of mosh pits take place at concerts featuring metal bands, which in itself is a pretty foreign concept to us. Your wife probably won’t care all too much about your general taste in music, but we can’t imagine she’d be all too eager to hear that you’re planning on battering yourself for the sake of a song or two.
Some people enjoy it, and that’s fine but it’s just not really our cup of tea.
11 Nashville, Tennessee - Great Music, Great Times
Great music, great times is the tagline, and to be perfectly honest, that’s what you’re going to get 99 times out of 100 in Nashville.
It’s an exceedingly fun place to go to even if you’re in a couple, because it’s the kind of holiday destination that you could visit with other couples on some kind of joint holiday.
You can probably already see where we’re going with this one, though, because a lot of wives will take that theory and question why you even need to go without them at all. It sounds silly to think that there are some relationships and marriages in which this wouldn’t be okay, but that’s the way of the world.
10 Salem, Massachusetts - The Witch Sanctuary
Are you into spooky things that are almost guaranteed to give you sleepless nights? Yes? Then go to Salem – the home of all things witchcraft related.
You’ll soon discover that it’s even creepier than you possibly could’ve imagined and that’s not an exaggeration by any stretch of the imagination. If we were in a position where our wife or husband was interested in going here we’d immediately tell them not to, if only to avoid tempting fate.
We know, it sounds silly and a lot of folks don’t even remotely believe in that, but the mystery isn’t gone for a lot of people.
9 Six Flags - Test The Dare Devil
We’re back to the dare devil hype of rollercoasters, with the variety of six flags parks that can be found across the United States of America. This one is particularly questionable and we can understand that, but Six Flags parks aren’t immune to controversy and some wives wouldn’t want you to get caught up in the middle of that.
Roller coasters, by nature, serve as a certain ‘risk’ to a lot of folks and there’s just no way of getting around that. You need to be able to trust in your partner, at least we think so, and we can kind of understand why this would cause a lot of worry.
8 All You Can Eat Buffets - Yum
This is one is going to be quite hit and miss with some folks, but if your man is on some kind of a diet, then splurging out on an all you can eat buffet probably isn’t going to please you all too much.
In fact it’s almost certainly going to throw you off in a big way, and again, sending you an invite to the festivities probably would’ve softened the blow just a little bit! For Non-US folk out there you’ve got to remember that the buffets over in the States tend to take things to a whole new level, too, so you aren’t just missing out on food – you’re missing out on loads of food.
7 Casinos - Save Your Money
There's an obvious 'taboo' when it comes to casinos, and there's no beating around the bush about that. The establishments aren't particularly pleasant at the best of times regardless of what goes on inside of them, and there are far classier and generally nicer places you could be.
We aren't exactly suggesting you need to go and have dinner with the queen or anything like that, but do yourself a favour and save your money whilst also meeting up with your pals elsewhere.
Plus, the majority of casinos are unbelievably strict. Who wants that kind of environment when there's probably a Denny's right around the corner?
6 Hooters - Erm, Yeah
Hooters is an establishment that tends to employ a certain type of woman more often than not, and again, we aren’t exaggerating in the eyes of the general public. Some would suggest a certain reputation above anything else, but we aren’t here to cast judgement one way or the other.
This one kind of depends just how comfortable your wife is in regards to your own relationship, but let’s be honest, if it was the other way round you wouldn’t be all too chuffed about it either.
Side note: the food is actually pretty good at Hooters and people who have been won’t be all too shocked by that statement.