Travelling is by far one of my absolute favourite things to do, and whether I’m travelling with my family, with friends or with Matt, I always have the most amazing time.
In the 18 months that Matt and I have been together, we’ve taken quite a few trips together (six in total, with a 7th one happening over the New Year) and I’d like to think that we’ve truly mastered successfully travelling together. We’ve never once had an argument or a disagreement while we’ve been away, and even though we literally never argue anyway, I think we travel so successfully together due to a number of reasons. Here’s eight ways that you can ensure that you’ll have a successful trip with your partner.
Have an itinerary
While it’s all well and good to head off on a trip together and be spontaneous, it can sometimes prove to be quite a disaster, especially if it’s your first trip together. One of my best pieces of advice would be to have some kind of plan for your trip; places you want to visit, any restaurants you want to try, particular sights that are a definite must-see. This way, you can put together an itinerary of all the most important things that you want to see/do on your trip and this way you’ll ensure that you don’t miss anything out. You can always leave room to add in a few spontaneous items but it’s definitely a good idea to have some sort of rough guide for your trip.
Each person should have a particular role
One of the things that Matt and I do so well is delegating tasks so that we both know our own responsibilites. For example, I’m absolutely dreadful at choosing places to eat whereas Matt is unbelievably brilliant at seeking out the best restaurants and bars to visit so this is always something that he does. I’m good at putting together a rough idea of all the places that we should see and the top sights that we have to visit when in a particular place so I always take on this role. We then work together to put an itinerary together that we’re both happy with.
Allow for your own space and personal time
Travelling together should be a truly wonderful experience and you should return from your trip filled with the happiest memories but it’s no secret that spending 24/7 together could prove to be a little difficult, especially if you’re not used to spending that much time together. Thankfully for Matt and I, we’ve lived together for nearly a year so we’re used to spending almost every minute together but it can be totally different if you’re not used to this set up. In order to combat potentially getting under each other’s feet, it’s a good idea to have some alone time during your trip. Whether that’s simply reading your book on your own or taking a nap while your partner is sat by the pool, breaking up your time together (even the tiniest bit) can help to avoid any arguments and will also leave you feeling refreshed as you’ll be incredibly excited to take part in the next activity with your partner.
Agree on how you will split the costs
Money is one of the most common things that couples fight about so to try and avoid this argument while on holiday, you should discuss beforehand how you’re going to tackle the money situation. Are you going to split everything exactly in half? Are you going to pay for one activity and then your partner will pay for the next one? This is an important factor to consider when travelling with your partner as it will help to avoid unwanted arguments regarding whose turn it is to pay for something.
Make sure you know your partner as well as possible before heading off on holiday with them
You might think that you know everything there is to know about your partner but if you don’t know about some of their particular habits then you could be in for a shock once you touch down in your holiday destination. The little quirks that you might have admired about your partner back at home will suddenly become very apparent once you’ve travelled together. Your partner can’t function without that first cup of coffee in a morning? Not so good if you’re staying somewhere self-catered where the closest coffee shop is a 20 minute walk away. Your partner suddenly becomes incredibly irritable when they’re in the sun for too long? It might not be such a good idea to head to a sunny destination for your summer holiday…
You’re more than likely to have to share the same bathroom… so get over it
This one will apply the most if you don’t actually live with your partner because chances are you won’t actually have to share the bathoom with them, but once you’re on holiday all of that will change. You’ll have to use the same space to shower, brush your teeth, and god forbid ~go to the toilet~ so you better get used to it pretty quickly because spending a full week away with your partner without going to the toilet is gonna get pretty painful pretty fast.
This point could feature in a blog post all on its own but compromising is not only important in everyday life, but it’s potentially more important when you’re travelling. There’s bound to be certain things that your partner wants to do that you really don’t want to but it’s imperative to find a good balance. You might want to spend an afternoon sunbathing on the beach but your partner might want to spend it hiking up a huge hill. As long as you work out an itinerary then you should be able to fit both activities in and then you’ll both get to do what you want, with the help of a little compromise.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Whether it’s your first holiday together or it’s the 50th time you’ve headed off on an adventure together, it’s incredibly important to remember to have fun. Travelling can provide you with some of the most amazing times of your life so remember to just be a little more chilled out and more lenient and you’re sure to have an incredibly successful trip with bae.
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