We’ve covered the solo experience and vacationing as a group, but traveling as a couple can bring about its own unique situations. Having had a few trips with just my wife and I, and after speaking with some of our veteran travelers, we’ve come up with tips to make your couple Global Discovery Vacations getaways a fruitful experience.
Use it as Growth
No matter how well you get to know someone, a relationship always has room to grow. We change as individuals, which affects the dynamic we have with our significant others. So in that sense, no lasting relationship is ever “finished.” Traveling broadens the mind, so share those experiences with the person with whom you’re adventuring. Embrace his or her passions, observe how they respond to new situations and enjoy every moment. What you do on these trips is exclusive to just the two of you, so cherish them.
Support Each Other
My wife and I found each other in a brutal predicament headed home from a recent vacation: We had to drive 12 hours and, on the way, attend a wedding. Easy! But we didn’t realize there was a six hour difference in the wedding and reception. By the time the festivities were over, we were operating on three hours sleep and still had four hours to get home.
We were close to 24-hours straight without sleep, and maybe we should have stopped at a hotel, but we were determined to sleep in our own bed. As I was operating past my limits, my wife did all she could to stay awake for me and make sure I was OK. I just kept thinking, “What a great teammate.” We made it home safe and sound.
Diffuse Arguments Quicker
Every couple bickers to some extent (if not, we must know your secret). Arguments present an opportunity to grow stronger as a couple in general, but wastes precious time on vacation. Life is too short for negative emotions and arguments, so it’s imperative to live and let go, especially when you’re spending a single week away from home. Each person needs to aim for a common goal and do what they need to do to get there.
For instance, in the story above, I convinced my wife to go to that wedding in the first place (her friend was getting married). But she didn’t read the times on the invitation until we were on vacation, so we had a nice little spat about that. Finally, we just decided that what’s done is done and that we were going to enjoy the vacation. And that we did.
Make Time for Romance
Romance isn’t exclusive for honeymoons. There’s something invigorating about being away from home, a type of intimacy that comes from being in a new place with a familiar person. This is your time to shed the stresses of life and focus on the person most important to you. Dedicate an entire day to each other (or the week for anniversaries), have a classy dinner and finish the evening with a hot tub, movie and/or some wine.
Establish a Routine
If one vacation together can help your relationship reach new heights, imagine what having one every year can do? And if you’re not into planning ahead, have some fun with a serendipitous Expressway!
And that’s just another wonderful reason to take a vacation. Think you know everything about a person? Travel with them.
Do you travel as a couple? Tell us some of your tips in the comments below.