Yes, traveling the globe together is romantic. Gorgeous sunsets, beautiful mountain ranges, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches are the perfect settings for a romantic getaway. However, just because you're in paradise doesn’t mean things will always go smoothly; especially when traveling long-term. Not everyday was peachy for us but we worked on some areas of our relationship and we are stronger for it. Here are our 3 tips for making sure your next trip together goes as smoothly as possible.
Communication is key in any relationship but when you travel it’s a must! If something is bothering you, tell your partner and don’t let it fester. It’ll make things worse and the last thing you need is to be annoyed at each other while overseas. On longer trips couples are bound to argue; we did. However, we got over it very quickly because, lets face it, we only had each other. We couldn’t afford to not be there for each other when things got rough just because of a silly disagreement. It’s one of the many lessons we’ve learned on this trip that we’ve adopted into our lives back home.
Again, another key component in any relationship, compromise is a must when traveling. Both of you aren’t going to want to do the exact same thing all the time. That’s okay. You're individuals, you like different things. You’ll need to compromise on what activities you’ll do together, what tours you’ll go on and other things. Luckily Laurie and I went on our trip with an open mind and neither of us felt like we were really compromising. I mean who doesn’t want to bathe baby elephants or hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
This is vital. You may be thinking “How and why would you want alone time when you're traveling together?”. Well, like I said previously, you are an individual. Take time out for yourself and do something you want without your partner. Since I am an earlier riser in the mornings I would workout and/or eat breakfast before Laurie would get up. That was my alone time. It also gave Laurie time to really wake up because she is not a morning person. So it was kind of a win, win for us. On shorter vacations you may not need this alone time but don’t be afraid to take it. After all the point of vacationing is to relax and do the things you want, right?
So there you have it, 3 things you can focus on to ensure that your next trip is filled with more laughs than yells. The greatest thing we ever did together was go on this amazing adventure. It showed us who we were as individuals and as a couple. We hope this helps you on your next trip with your partner! Happy Travels!