When you’re lost, tired, hungry, sunburnt and just generally fed up, it takes quite some skill not to snap at your loved one. After having travelled together through from Japan to Alaska, Italy to Banff, we’ve come across quite a few bumps in the road, but it’s getting smoother with every trip we take.
Here’s our top tips for travelling as a couple!
1 – COMMUNICATE
Communication is the key to any relationship whether you’re travelling or not. There’s no way for your partner to know what you’re thinking unless you tell them! Don’t bottle it all up inside because it just result in a massive argument which could have easily been avoided. Speak to each other!
2 – LOOK AFTER ONE ANOTHER
I’m sure Gavin would have preferred to be exploring the streets of Hanoi when I ended up in hospital because of dehydration, but it’s important at times like these to look after one another. Be patient, be kind, and be caring, because when you’re sick, all you want is a bit of TLC!
3 – SPLURGE
Especially if you’re travelling long-term or on a budget (or both!), splurging every now and then is important. Spend that little bit extra and get a boutique hotel room for the night, choose a ‘date-night’ and eat at that cute little restaurant you’ve been walking past for the last week, or surprise your loved one with impromptu musical tickets, snorkel or skydive!4 – AVOID GETTING HANGRY
I can’t tell you the amount of times we’ve gotten grumpy with one another because we haven’t been able to find food. We get hungry, we get angry, we get hangry. No-one likes to be hangry and it’s best to avoid it at all costs. About an hour before you anticipate you may be getting peckish have a look around for places to eat in the vicinity and when it’s time, make sure you communicate and tell your partner that you’re ready to take a break. This also means you’ll end up eating something you really want, not just the first thing that you find. I can’t tell you the amount of times we’ve both ended up hangry and then just been angry by the end of it because the food was horrible!
5 – COMPROMISE
Understand that you like to do different things. If you’re not wanting to split up or don’t feel that it’s safe to do so, then embrace what the other wants to see. I can’t say I was overly excited about wandering around the best ‘car spots’ in Vancouver, but just remember that no matter what, you’re experiencing another culture. If you’re happy to separate then do that – everyone wins!
6 – FORGIVE & FORGET
From the Top of the Rock to the bamboo forests of Kyoto, we’ve had our fair share of disagreements, but the key is to move on quickly, kiss and make-up. Don’t bring up an argument that happened three days ago – let go of those negative thoughts and remember, you’re travelling the world!
7 – LAUGH IT OFF
Everything may not go to plan but is it really so terrible? We’ve discovered this is often when we create the best memories – embrace it, go with the flow, and laugh at the situation (and yourselves!)! If we didn’t get stuck in a Hyundai Excel without snow tyres or chains on the Sea to Sky Highway in British Columbia for seven hours, I wouldn’t be able to tell my story about trying to push the car through the mountains and then having to chase it and do a (very impressive) leap into the moving vehicle at ten o’clock at night, now would I?!Travelling as a couple can be challenging but so incredibly rewarding. There’s nothing like experiencing a new country for the first time with your loved one by your side, whether it’s figuring out a train map which is completely devoid of English, dragging suitcases through the streets of Ho Chi Minh, or watching a rainbow form over the Grand Canyon. Good or bad, it will make you stronger, more connected, and closer than you could have ever imagined.
What are your experiences travelling with your partner? Do you have anything to add to the list?
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