Travelling as a couple has numerous benefits. It allows you to get to know your partner better and may even strengthen the relationship. You will have someone to share the experience with and it also helps you grow as an individual. Here are some tips for making the most of it and making it go as smoothly as possible.
Plan and budget
Before you make a single booking, you need to agree on what you’re both willing to spend on the trip. This will help you manage your expectation and select appropriate activities as well as determine the type of trip it will be. Hotel rooms vs backpackers? Taxis/cabs vs public transport? You also need to pick a destination(s) that fascinate both of you. Agreeing on the location(s) as well as activities beforehand gives both of you an opportunity to save for it if need be.
Communicate and compromise
Communication is the foundation of any relationship, and this remains the case when travelling as a couple. Discuss in advance what you expect from the trip. What will make it a great trip for each of you? Discuss this and activities in advance to prevent arguing about the itinerary while on the trip.
Because you are guaranteed to have at least a few different interests, go with the flow and be open to trying new things. Maybe alternate the days so that on one day you do one person’s activities and the following day the other persons. Share out your travel so that everyone gets to enjoy the trip. Be open to making compromises on the type of accommodation, means of travel and even dining choices. Be adventurous. Stick to the plan and the budget but also be open to some surprises as well.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
The trip is guaranteed to have some unexpected circumstances and challenges, try not to blame each other. Be patient with each other and try to keep your eye on the goal which is to enjoy this vacation and just let things roll off your back.
Have some solo time and make friends
If you will be travelling for a while just the two of you, it can get intense, and you may begin to feel like you are spending just a little too much time together. One way around this is to make friends on the road and not just isolating yourselves.
Another way around this is spending some time apart and just enjoying some brief solo travel. Some couples are against solo travel because in their view the whole point of travelling as a couple is travelling as a couple while others swear that the brief time apart does the relationships and the trip good. This one depends on the couple.
Pack an outfit in each other’s bags
Just to be safe. Any number of things can happen including losing your luggage, so pack an outfit in each other’s bags and carry important documents and things like money on your person.
Takes lots of pictures
Capture the moments and the memories but try and stay present. Agree to post the pictures later and focus on enjoying travelling as a couple. Use it as an opportunity for some much-needed downtime.