Published on February 15th, 2016 | by Arienne Parzei
Video: How to Travel with your Partner
It’s great when you can share your travel experiences with someone else, but for some people, travelling with their partner may seem like a daunting task. So we’ve put together some helpful tips in this video on how to travel with your partner and still come back as a couple.
Planning your trip together is very important. Not only does this allow you to both give your input on what you want to do, but this sets the stage for your trip. You’ll want to decide how long you want to travel for, how much you want to spend, and what style of trip you want, for example, do you want to backpack on a budget or would you prefer something more comfortable and luxurious?
Divide up the tasks
When you’re travelling, one person can’t be doing everything, as much as that person might say they enjoy doing it. Find your individual strengths and divide up the tasks. Who’s better at navigating? Who’s really good at negotiating? How about researching or budgeting? By splitting up the tasks, you’ll share the work that’s involved and operate more as a team.
Recognize the Signs
Feeling tired? Is your stomach starting to rumble? These are all early warning signs that the grumpy traveller might make an appearance (and nobody likes the grumpy traveller). It’s important to recognize when your partner might be feeling these things as it’s a good indication that it’s probably time for a break or to grab some food.
The key to any successful relationship is communication, and this definitely doesn’t change when you’re travelling. In fact, it is an essential part of travelling as a couple. Communicate when you’re tired or need something to eat. Also, if there’s something you really want to see or really want to experience, make sure your partner knows that. As much as we wish they could, they can’t read our minds.
Would you rather be on the beach than in another museum? How about hiking through the rain forest instead of haggling your way through a crowded market. Chances are you and your partner aren’t always going to want to do the same thing, so remember to compromise and give each of you a chance to see and do the things you want to.
Have some alone time
When you’re travelling with your partner, you’re spending 24hrs a day with that person. So it’s important to have some alone time, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. Having a bit of time to yourself will allow you to recharge the batteries for the rest of the time you’ll be with your partner.
Find time for romance
Find time for romance; you don’t want your trip to be all business and trying to fit in as much as you can in a day. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new place, but set aside time to fully be with your partner and soak in your surroundings together. Maybe it’s enjoying a glass of wine in a piazza in Rome or watching the sunset together on a beach.
You’ll have your disagreements, your arguments, and moments when you just don’t want to be around the other person. It’s normal, but travelling with your partner can bring your closer together than you ever imagined. You’ll create long lasting memories that just the two of you share. Once you nail down your dynamic, they’ll become your best travel buddy.
Do you have any other great tips for travelling with your partner? Share your tips in the comments below.