We love traveling together. We find travel restores our relationship and renews our souls. Although we’re by no means experts on traveling; we have enough road-trips, boat rides, camping excursions, flights, flight delays, flight cancellations, and the like to have learned a thing or two about traveling with the person you’re in a relationship with. We hope you enjoy some of the lessons we’ve picked up along the way, and we’d love to hear your advice for traveling together!
Before You Leave
• Assign clear cut responsibilities. When both of you know what you should be doing to prepare, it can cut down on a lot of arguments and wasted time caused by easy-to-miss tasks. Focus on the skills that each of you are strong at. If you always forget your toothbrush and spare underwear maybe your partner can be in charge of packing, while you work on the itinerary for the trip.
• Create a physical checklist. We have found that checklists work great to ensure you have everything you need, and that you’re fully prepared for the next step of your journey. For bigger trips, start your checklist at least a few weeks in advance, that way you can add on as things come to mind.
• Have hard copies of any important documents (flight info, hotel address, etc.). While we love our phones, sometimes you need to have a backup.
• Communicate with your partner on how you are envisioning your trip to go. And listen to what they want as well. We aren’t suggesting you should micro-manage every detail of your vacation, just that you need to make sure you are on the same page (or close) to what this trip means to you.
On The Road
• Be adventurous! Nothing is more fun than trying new things with the person you love. If you’ve always wanted to go bungee jumping but have always been too afraid, then talk with your partner and see if their courage can inspire you. Watching your loved one try something new is an exciting feeling that we love! But there is a flip side; do not try and pressure them in to anything they are not comfortable doing. Although we can all use a little pushing now and then to expand our comfort zones, you should be aware of what your partner does not want to do.
• Respect each other’s interests. If your partner indulges your fascination of 18th-century Neoclassical sculptures by visiting 3 museums in a row with you, be sure to do some things on their must-see list next. While you’re doing the activity you enjoy, share with them some knowledge you have on the subject or why it means so much to you. And take a moment to tell them thank you for being a part of something you are interested in.
• Although sharing activities is great for growing together as a couple, also remember to take some time alone. Whether you sit in a park and read while your partner visits a cafe, or if you choose to spend a whole day apart, this time will recharge the time you spend together.
• Learn to slow down. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of travel can be overwhelming, and even if you aren’t feeling it, your partner might be. Take a moment, sit down, and just enjoy being elsewhere at least once every day.
• Take pictures! There’s no better way to unwind after a long day of traveling than to relax and flip through the days events.
After The Journey
• No one likes coming home to a pile of dirty laundry and a stack of mail (and email) to sort through. Whether your trip was a weekend getaway to the next town over or a month long journey overseas, the end of a vacation can be difficult to come to terms with. The most important thing here is be there for each other. We’re sure you know the chores your partner doesn’t like to do. Now more than ever, help out and do things for each other.
• Start planning your next journey together!