Are you currently in a relationship and want to travel together for the first time but aren’t sure what to expect?
Maybe you’ve been with your partner for a while and you’ve already travelled together, but you need some good advice on how to make it go smoother for next time.
My boyfriend and I have been together for 3.5 years and have travelled together quite a bit over these past few years.
To give a little perspective, we’ve backpacked across the USA into Mexico from Toronto, Canda with barely any money, travelled South East Asia for 3 months, went to NYC multiple times to network and have been on multiple road trips within our own country together!
Oh and all of this was done before our 23rd birthdays…
Read Our Travel Story: Stranded And Homeless All In The Name Of Travel
Now that you have an idea of our journey, let me tell you that in no way shape or form was our experience always happy, there have been countless arguments and bad days along the way but in the end, we’ve learned how to get through it together.
Continue reading for this week’s post, advice for travelling with your partner!
Before You Depart…
Talk About Finances
Long before you depart you both need to decide on a budget. Are you going to split the cost of everything or is one person going to pay for more?
The more honest you are about this from the beginning the better your experience will be.
The last thing you want to argue about is money, so make sure you’re both mature enough to be travelling together and discuss the financial aspect of the trip.
Choose A Destination You Both Like
This is pretty straightforward, you’ll both have a better time if you’re visiting a location you’ll both love!
Compromising will have to come into play but once you choose the right place it’ll be so worth it.
Talk about what you expect from each other and make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to deciding who’s in charge of what.
Splitting responsibilities will prevent a lot of arguments about how the trip is supposed to go.
When it comes to booking everything I handle it all, Anderson handles all of the navigating and making sure we’re getting to the right destinations.
This method keeps us from arguing about who was supposed to do what or what direction we’re supposed to be going.
Even when travelling with friends, I think it’s super important to delegate tasks to make the trip run smoother.
Be Willing To Take Care Of Each Other
Things aren’t always perfect, especially when you travel you’re a lot more vulnerable, so it’s important to always be taking care of each other when it’s needed.
When you’re in a foreign place you’ll depend on each other a lot more so be willing to take care of your partner should any issues arise.
Do Things You Both Enjoy…
Choose Activities Ahead Of Time
In order to ensure that each partner is getting to do things, they want to do, plan a few activities you want to do ahead of time.
When you decide on excursions ahead of time, each person can choose equally what they’d like to see then, for the most part, you can just go with the flow and enjoy the rest of your time.
Just because you’re in a relationship doesn’t mean you have to travel with them for EVERY trip!
Sometimes you want to just go someplace alone and explore it on your own terms, this should not have a negative impact on your relationship at all.
You can travel solo while on a trip with your partner or you can actually take a solo trip with just yourself.
I went on a solo trip to France for 2 months in 2018 and honestly, it made my relationship so much stronger after it!
In the end, it’s going to take a lot of dedication to make travelling with a partner go smoothly.
Naturally, people aren’t always going to see eye to eye, especially when travelling together.
Just remember not to let the little things have too much of an impact on your relationship or your travels and try to enjoy every moment while it lasts.
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