There are a few things I’ve gotten good at over the years: filling in my eyebrows, making brownies, and traveling with my significant other. Although these are different skills, they all require two things to perfect: patience and practice.
I’m willing to agree with anyone who disagrees that traveling with a significant other is one of the hardest skills to perfect (and yes, I consider it a skill). That’s because collaboration can be very powerful. On top of the inevitable stress that comes with traveling, you need to know how to manage travel styles, decide on travel plans, share tasks, manage travel budgets, and have a good time together. That’s a long process if you ask me.
I am not saying anything to scare you. I say it to tell you that I’ve been there—not to brag—I’ve gotten good at it, which means you can too. Although the practice has not been perfect, it has given me some helpful tips for traveling as a couple that I am happy to share with you. So without further ado, ahead are eight Tips for traveling to your significant other and I swear.
8 tips for traveling with your significant other
1. Set a budget that both of you are comfortable with
Whether you’re in a new relationship or have a joint account, budgeting for your trip together is one of the first things you’ll need to do. Be honest with yourself about what you are willing to spend, and discuss where you choose to splurge and where you would like to save money. Having an open discussion with your partner and budgeting as a team will help you when you start paying for hotels, cars, hotels, tours and more. We know that talking to your partner about money can be scary (especially in the beginning), but doing this in advance can save you from overspending or – on the flip side – going on a trip. not as good as. you would have liked it.
2. Assign responsibility for logistics
With so many things to plan, it is very important that you share the travel duties with your partner. From the time you start planning to the time you get home, you need to know your job and stay on track. For example, if you are in charge of booking the hotel room, your partner may be in charge of booking the rental car. You can (and should!) talk about the available options and decide together what might be best, but the last thing you want is to arrive at the check-in area and find out that you don’t have a reservation because of the two of you. assume that the other person is in charge of the booking. By using a clear function, you will have a more organized plan and less headaches.
3. Discuss your travel style
If you’ve ever seen people at an airport, you know that people travel… differently. What works for one person won’t work for everyone, so discuss travel options with your partner early on. If you are flying, ask about their preferred airlines, if they like to check bags, where they like to sit on the plane, etc. And if you’re going on a road trip, ask if they prefer driving or shooting, what they like to do to pass the time (music, audiobooks, old-time conversations), and whatever travel hacks they can. have. These conversations allow you to understand each other’s style of travel and ultimately work out what works for both of you.
4. Plan your trip together in advance
I’m a firm believer that you need a plan (and a backup plan) when you go on any trip, even if it’s a wild one. Here’s how I prepare to tackle travel: If there are certain things you need to prioritize during the trip (eg work, family, events, etc.), make sure to specify when and where those things are. body clearly so that you can fit into it. other events surround them. For example, if you are traveling together for a wedding, that is the most important thing, but you can plan to explore the city beforehand or the day after to get the most out of the trip. you. If you have free work (love it for you!), make a plan for each day so you both know what to expect going into the trip.
5. Give each other space when needed
The problem is that you don’t spend enough time together every day while traveling as a couple. That’s why it’s important to schedule only at certain times or know when it’s time to win. For example, if you want to exercise before hitting the pool and your partner would like to get more shut eye, go for it! Just because you do something together doesn’t mean you have to do everything together. Don’t be afraid to take the time you need and give your partner the space they need. That way, you’ll both feel relaxed and refreshed instead of jet-lagged and cranky.
6. Make time for romance first
Amidst the stress of travel and all the quick details, love can fall by the wayside. My best advice? Organize it. This could be like adding a special dinner date during your trip or scheduling a date to have sex (and no, that’s not weird!). Especially if you are visiting people or traveling with a group, it can be difficult for you to adhere to decency at the same time. But spending quality time together will make your entire travel experience fun and memorable. The same rings true if it’s just the two of you on a couple trip. You might think you’ll have plenty of time for a real connection, but it’s easy to get caught up in the journey itself and not put romance first. Keeping it top of mind can make all the difference.
7. Communicate with others
Whether you’re visiting old friends or traveling to a city where you won’t know a soul, catching up with new and old friends can make your trip more enjoyable. It’s important to meet people, laugh, and socialize when you’re away from home.
For all those “just the two of us” travelers out there, vacation buddies are the best IMO, and they’re easy to make, too. See another couple all the time at the pool? Constantly running into people across the hall? Start a conversation! Experiences like these will give you two more things to bond with and remember once your trip is over. Also, you never know who you will meet!
8. Go with the flow
Canceled flights, mixed rooms, and flat tires are just the beginning of the chaos that can appear on any trip. Here’s one thing you’ll want to make sure you don’t forget: Get in the water. As much as you may want to handle all the details and make sure everything goes well, the reality is that some things don’t go as planned, and you know what? That’s good! But sometimes it’s better than OK.
If the hotel you really want to go to is lost, instead of thinking about it, go to the water and find another place around the corner. You may stumble upon places you didn’t even know existed and make new memories you never expected. These are good traveling moments – the unexpected, “we’ll laugh about this later” kind of chaos, so embrace every second.