Tips for Travelling as a Couple
Maybe it’s your first big trip together or even your 50th. Regardless if you two are world travellers or just considering that first holiday as a duo, couples travel is something any pair can conquer. Here’s a few pointers to ensure your trip is smooth sailing.
Spend Some Time Apart
This might be odd to lead a couple’s article with getting away from each other, but trust me. Even if it’s just the two of you on a romantic road trip through Italy, you’ll want a little time to hang solo. If there’s something you really want to experience and your partner is less enthusiastic, it’s a chance to try something new apart too. Depending on your relationship, this can be just a few minutes to mediate outside before breakfast or a spa session for the afternoon.
Leave Some Wiggle Room
Things go wrong – it’s just part of travelling. Itineraries are wonderful and serve a purpose, but it’s essential to make sure you two have some time to miss trains, be rained out or get lost. You’ll also want to leave some spare hours for spontaneity, especially if your partner eyes a last minute museum or you just have to stop at this adorable café.
Take Advantage of Discounts
While you may not have been able to swing a single room at the hostel, it’s much easier to book accommodations when two are splitting the bill! You can avoid bunking up with wildcard people this way too. Some higher-end hotels have great deals for duo spa packages and meals too that can be used by the two of you. Do take note of potential fees for double occupancy rates though.
Share Big Meals
When travelling, I always feel bad leaving food behind at a meal if I’m not going straight back to the hotel. So if you’re with someone, why not ask how big the portions are? That way if there’s a monstrous burger ahead of you, you guys can split it down the middle and feel satisfied. Tapas, or a bunch of small appetisers are another great way to sample several things and share. Not to mention, you can save a bit of cash on the meal and use it for that second cocktail instead!
Unforeseen delays, disagreements and anxiety can all be present when travelling in a couple. Sometimes the everyday stress of life can be exacerbated on the road. If you feel your pulse racing because your partner has to take one more photo in front of the Eiffel Tower, just simply breathe deeply. Most arguments are not worth it if you spare a moment to re-focus and let it go. Real issues are worth addressing of course, but the little things that can be overlooked and passed by are well worth it. Chat with your partner before leaving about how you’ll both agree to count to five before bringing up any grievances on the trip to keep things calm and relaxed.
Have you ever taken a trip with your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé or spouse? How did it go? What would you do differently?