Top Tips To Survive Traveling With Your Partner For The First Time
Traveling with a partner is the ultimate relationship test. You get to know many sides of your other half in a very short period of time.
It can feel worrisome knowing you will be faced with the “not so pretty aspects” of a relationship.
However, going away together will strengthen your bond like nothing else and will fast track the process of getting to know each other in a way that was certainly more exciting than doing so in your own city.
It builds intimacy and sharing a living space is a preview of what is to come and makes it clear if you are compatible or not.
Love is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Living out of each other’s pockets 24/7 can be extremely challenging, yet has its definite rewards.
Traveling together as a couple can make or break a relationship but these are a few tips that can make things easier:
PLAN IN ADVANCE: it is important to plan the first journey thoroughly to avoid misunderstandings. Make sure your expectations match up and that you pick a destination that appeals to both of you.
Set a daily budget to avoid the “money” topic and potential disputes. It makes it easier to plan activities and decide on the type of accommodation to book. Nothing spoils the fun of traveling more than joint offenses due to the budget so it is worth discussing it beforehand.
LEARN TO COMPROMISE: even if you have similar interests, traveling will force you to give and take in many situations. A great relationship is one where couples aren’t too proud to compromise and they care more about their partner’s feelings than they do about winning an argument. Be clear on what you both want and someone make the decision that will suit both of you. Don’t leave it to one half of the relationship to always make the decision and do your best to be fair and see a little bit of what each of you is interested in. It is only once you both learn to compromise, is when you can take your relationship to the next level.
TAKE TIME APART: if you are not used to spending that much time together, you should allow yourselves time on your own. If you have interests you don’t share, that does not have to be a deal-breaker. You can do those activities on your own and it will make you miss your partner even more. Alone time is an important part of your couples' travel and if you feel like your space is getting too cramped, then just let your partner know.
MEET OTHER PEOPLE: when traveling as a couple, it is easy for you and your partner to just stick together the whole time. Make an effort to meet other travelers and talk to other couples and singles. Initiate the conversation, join group activities, and show that you are interested in socializing with others. When it comes to connecting with locals, learning a few words of the local language is always helpful.
This gives you both a break from just each other’s company, allows you to meet many interesting people, and gives you lots to talk about later on. Socializing with others adds another dimension to your couples' travel experience.
You don’t need to traverse the globe to make wonderful memories. Whether you have trekked the Himalayas, explored the Great Barrier Reed or shared an Italian culinary experience, you will have plenty of glorious experiences to reminisce over and anecdotes to remember.
Remember that the key to surviving a relationship at any point is communication. The biggest mistake you can make is holding it all in. Have the fight, get over it and move on. Be open about everything and try to understand the other person’s point of view.
Travel can profoundly change a person, and having the chance to grow with your partner will only strengthen the relationship and create an unshakable bond that will last forever.