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I’ve traveled solo, with friends, and much more recently, as a couple. Even though all three ways are excellent in their own way, there’s something beautiful about exploring the world with the person you love.
Traveling as a couple can be one of the most enjoyable experiences in life– if you’re traveling with the right person, of course!
They say the couple that travels together stays together. But what happens when you’re spending 24 hours a day, seven days a week with that SAME person regularly?
Traveling as a couple isn’t like your home life, where you both have jobs, daily chores, or even a television to keep you apart for most of the day. When you’re traveling—IT’S JUST THE TWO OF YOU.
Spending that much time together is bound to take its toll on your sanity eventually.
I want to start by saying that traveling with your partner is SUPER FUN– and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Not only is exploring an entirely new place exciting all on its own, but it creates a much deeper connection between the both of you. Along the way, you learn so much about each other– things you probably wouldn’t have learned if not having traveled the world together.
You learn each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and how you and your partner handle emergencies. Your relationship strengthens, and overall happiness with each other blossoms into something much more profound.
Not all traveling with your partner is glitter and rainbows, however. It does take some work and a conscious effort to be able to travel the world together in peace and harmony! Here are some tips to help prevent– or even combat some of the bumps along the way:
Giving each other some space and alone time is super beneficial to each other’s state of mind. As previously mentioned, when on a trip, you spend MUCH more time together than you typically would on a typical day—so make sure to schedule some “me” time for both of you.
You can always meet up later for a romantic dinner!
This includes destination, activities and excursions, accommodations, and probably one of the most important—BUDGET. It’s always best to reach a compromise when it comes to the budget for the trip.
For us, our priorities when looking for accommodations are Wi-Fi access and a private room and bathroom. As long as we find a place with these necessities and fit within our designated BUDGET, we’re both happy campers!
Don’t depend on one person to do all the planning. Divide and conquer always helps for a much smoother trip, and each person can feel like they’re contributing something. For example, one person can be in charge of booking the flights, whereas the other person can be in charge of booking the accommodations.
As I had mentioned in another blog post, Must-Have Medications While Traveling, getting some illness is almost inevitable while traveling.
Make sure to take the time to help one another if one of you gets sick. Also, don’t be afraid to be around your significant other if you’re feeling queasy. Allow your partner to care for you and vice versa.
Some things are inevitably bound to go wrong while you are traveling together. Read all about my biggest travel mistake here!
Instead of getting upset over it, always try to keep a positive outlook. After all, some of our favorite travel memories stem from times when things didn’t quite go according to plan.
If you can roll with the punches together, you’ll be an unstoppable travel couple!
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