If you reading this you have joined or are seeking to join a very small population of couples who love to travel together. You and your beau have saved money, working hard. Perhaps this plan has been in the works for years and you finally have the opportunity to take the traveling trip of a lifetime. This trip will be awesome! Why not spend it with your favorite person? Now that you have worked out the details of where to go, how to get there, and how much money you will need, your ready to go. Before you head out, or if you’re already on your journey, read these tips to keep your relationship awesome!
1. Go Somewhere That You Both Want To Go
Although this statement seems painfully obvious, we put it on #1 because it is so important. It is an easy tip to overlook. Think about it. Both of you have spent so much time, resources, and effort to be able to pull this thing off, it’s not easy to do. You have your specific places where you want to go. At the same time you should realize that are so many places in the world where you both will be happy, go there! Traveling can be difficult sometimes with so many factors changing, if both of you are happy then everything will be fun.
2. Are You Committed?
It takes a certain level of commitment to travel far with someone. Especially if you go outside your culture, then it’s even more important. Make sure that your travel partner is also a strong relationship-partner. Traveling can put strain on the strongest of relationships. If you don’t have a strong one, your journey could be but the test in a way that you were not hoping for. Take a shorter trip if you just met; somewhere that you speak the language and won’t have a culture shock. To warm up. If you’re strong, you’ll have a great time! Nothing is better than a solid traveling partner, someone who will support you and have a blast with you.
3. Discuss Habits and Annoyances
Do you chew with your mouth open? Does you partner hate that? Like to drink coffee in the morning before talking? Have you made this clear, that you become human after a cup o’ joe? These things may seem trivial, because they are. However, even the most trivial thing can blow up when you’re together 24/7. Make sure you have a good talk with your love before you go, may things clear. Be understanding, patient, and accommodating. You’ll be prepared for best and lesser qualities of each other.
4. Decide Roles and Responsibilities
Avoid problems from the get go. Are you a self-proclaimed cartographer? Can you steer a ship in the dead of night using the north star? Perhaps you should be in charge of finding maps and places and leading the way. Maybe your partner is good at doing math on the fly calculating currency conversions. It doesn’t matter what you’re good or bad at, but delegate tasks! Keep #4 in mind during the trip, you may be surprised that your partner is good at negotiating deals. You can delegate as you go along as well.
5. Don’t Break Up During The Journey
This is related to #2. All relationships have their challenges. Yours is not immune. There will be some difficult times, but don’t leave each other alone in a foreign country. If this get rough and rocky, work some breaks into the day. Do something on your alone for a short period of time, give each other space. Listen to your partner. Part of what makes traveling so great is that it forces you to faces your problems head on.
6. Leave Time To Chill
Many people try to do, see, and experience as much as they can. This is normal, long trips are not the norm and travelers want to get as much as possible out of their trip. Remember that you’re traveling with your beau because you spend quality time with each other. Give yourselves space for romance. Chances are there will be some beach, spa that you can go to. Treat yourself! Get a massage (or three). Enjoy each other.
Yes. You will encounter many stressful situations. Learn to laugh during difficult times, you’re on vacation after all! You’ll be in countries where you don’t know the language or the culture, or the time schedule. You may have a desire to blame each other for getting lost or, God forbid, taking the wrong bus. Stick together and figure out problems as a team. Again, you’re on vacation. Keep a light-hearted approach to problems, and you’ll have a good time.
8. Be Considerate
We’re not splitting atoms here, but this is an important point. Traveling can be hard in ways you didn’t expect. Be thoughtful to your partner, same way you like to be treated. Privacy can be hard to find, give your partner some. Buy their favorite drink without asking. It’s the little things. Being considerate throughout your travel will be beneficial to you too, if your they see you doing it, they will do it too.
9. Don’t Be Stingy
You love your girlfriend/boyfriend, spend some money on them. If your traveling in less developed countries, it will be inexpensive to treat your beau. Don’t turn travel finances into an accounting session. If your paying your own way, that’s great! Splitting airline tickets makes sense, splitting a $1.15 tab doesn’t make sense. Treat each other well, and the travels will treat you well!
10. Share A Journal and Pictures
Time flies when you’re having fun. Both of you will be having the time of your lives! And different than the regular life, most of the time you will be focused in the present. This is a fantastic way of life. Ensure that you remember trip by writing down notes and taking some pictures. Both of these will keep the feelings and memories alive. An unforgettable trip made even more unforgettable.
Traveling gives you the opportunity for growth. Traveling allows your relationship to grow and get closer. It will be one of the more memorable things that you have ever done together. How exciting! You will learn so much about yourself, your partner, and the world. Keep the tips we have written here in mind so you make the most of your trip. As always, please post any thoughts you may have in the comments below.