There are two types of people in this world: the ones who prefer traveling solo and the ones who prefer traveling with their partner or friend. I must admit: I am not the solo type. I like sharing both my excitement and worries with somebody. What would traveling be without having somebody to complain about how tired you are or about how bad is the weather?

Traveling with your loved one is a milestone in each relationship – it takes both courage and patience. I have learned so many things about myself and co-existence from traveling with my boyfriend and I want to share all that with you. Here are the top 10 things you will learn when traveling as a couple:

  1. You will learn to enjoy the moment together

    Sitting in front of a beautiful view without saying a word and simply enjoying the moment while cuddling is the best part of traveling together!

  2. You will learn how compatible you are

    Nothing can test your relationship better than traveling. You know what they say: ‘through good and bad”, right? Traveling will offer you amazing moments together but also moments when team work is necessary.
    Things like booking the trip, thinking about places to visit and places to eat will show you if you have common interests.

  3. You will learn about your partner’s planning skills

    Planning a big trip is not a job for one person! There are so many things to consider that the input of your significant other is crucial. Of course, you can’t plan everything in advance and sometimes it is better to decide on the spot but there things like plane tickets and accommodation that need some thinking before leaving home.

  4. You will learn that doing activities separately is ok

    Even if you are traveling together, it doesn’t mean you have to do everything together. Maybe one of you wants to sleep more and the other one wants to wander the streets in the morning. Sometimes spending time by yourself can be relaxing and good for the relationship.

  5. You will learn how your partner handles stress

    When traveling to a new place or country you will certainly come across unexpected situations. Delayed airplanes, bad weather, terrible food or lost reservations are all part of the fun of traveling but how does your partner react? Is he trying to find a solution or is he freaking out?

  6. You will learn to trust each other

    From simple tasks such as road directions to more difficult situations, trust is necessary when traveling as a couple and it is built in time.

  7. You will learn your partner’s interests

    Traveling gives you both the opportunity to dive in activities and sports you wouldn’t normally do. What better time to discover that, for example, your partner loves bungee jumping or scuba diving?

  8. You will learn about your partner’s spending habits

    There is not a better time to see how your loved one handles his finances than when traveling. Spending a few days and doing all the basic activities such as eating and buying souvenirs together will tell you a lot about your partner.
    Is he trying to find value for money accommodation or does he book the first hotel he sees? Is he buying everything in the souvenir shop or is he putting money aside for another future trip?

  9. You will learn to be yourself

    Traveling makes us all more relaxed and open minded. When traveling we escape the daily stress and routine. Therefore, this is the perfect time to show your partner who you really are and this includes making funny faces and pranks.

  10. You will learn that sometimes it’s not about the destination

    Just being with your loved one is the most important thing no matter where you are. You don’t have to be miles away to enjoy each other’s company.

     

    If done with the right person, traveling can be an amazing experience and an opportunity to learn a lot about yourself and about your partner.

    May the travel bug bite you!

22 thoughts on “10 things you will learn when traveling as a couple”

  1. I love this post! My boyfriend and I are hopefully going to start traveling soon and it’s definitely going to test our limits of each other. I’m the planner strict, over-reactive girlfriend, and he’s the mellow guy that calms down my storm. I used to travel a lot with parents (actually like 50 countries so far) and it always is a challenge to travel in groups, but that might be because I am kind of a loner!

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    1. Hi! Wow, you have traveled a lot. Traveling as a couple can be a wonderful thing when with the right person! I love traveling with my boyfriend. I am sure you two will do great. You seem to complete each other.

  2. I love this!!!! And, I agree with all of it. I would possibly add that couples learn more about each other’s strengths and weaknesses while traveling. Because you are out of your comfort zones and routines and unable to function on autopilot, your true selves are more likely to come out. Great post!

  3. Totally agree with you on this one. My husband and I travel together and it is always an incredible experience of mutual discovery and adoration. Some of the things I love about him are the ones I discovered while were traveling together =)

  4. This post is spot on! You learn so much about your partner and your relationship (and yourself) when you travel together. Another way to learn a lot about each other is to spend a week or two in the wilderness (backpacking trip, canoe trip, etc.). I’ve been on many wilderness trips and have gotten to know people better in a week than I do most people after a year or more of friendship.

  5. Totally agree with all of these. I met my husband when travelling, and we went through what equated to so many years of a relationship in such a short time. We were engaged within 3 months and are now happily married 3 years later with a baby on the way! Travelling can make or break a couple, and if you make it, you are probably going to make it for a very long time 🙂

  6. I just got back from my honeymoon which was the first trip my husband and I took together completely by ourselves, and your post brought up a lot of memories! There were ups and downs but at the end we came home having bonded like never before 🙂 Thanks for the great post!

  7. So interesting! I’m wondering how true this will all be when I go travelling with my boyfriend later in the year. Hopefully my organisation will rub off on him at some point haha.

  8. You’re so right about planning skills and finding out how you both handle stress! My boyfriend and I have learned a lot from traveling together and it’s made us much better communicators. Great post!

  9. I could connect with you on so many levels. I travel with my spouse whenever I can. Sometimes when he is busy with work and I’m alone I have been guilty of letting the loneliness overpower me. Once you get your act together though things work out.

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