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’m 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 the weather is?
Traveling with your loved one is a milestone in each relationship – it takes both courage and patience. I’ve learned so many things about myself and co-existence from traveling with my boyfriend and I want to share all of that with you. Here are the top 10 things you will learn when traveling as a couple.
1. You will learn to enjoy every 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 teamwork is necessary.
Things like booking the trip, thinking about places to visit, and places to eat will show you if you have common interests.
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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 where the input of your significant other is crucial. Of course, you can’t plan everything in advance and sometimes it’s better to decide on the spot but there are things like plane tickets and accommodation that need planning 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 experience but how does your partner react in these situations? Is he or she 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’s built in time.
7. You will learn your partner’s interests
Traveling gives you both the opportunity to dive into 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. 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 affordable accommodation or does he book the first luxury 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 all of us 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!