Travelling is such an important part of life, not only does it allow you to step out of your comfort zone, you’re able to experience different cultures, languages and ways of life. It can expose you to things you never thought possible and leave you with a completely open mind.
“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
Everyone in life should have the opportunity to travel at least once in their life. However, people say that travelling with your partner for the first time can really show you the type of person they really are.
Going from seeing your new partner once or twice a week to living with them for 2 weeks can be a little daunting. You have to think of all the little things that may deter your partner from wanting to stick around after a holiday or vice versa. Travelling with your partner is a true testament to the strength of your relationship and how much you can put up with each other. There are definitely challenges involved when it comes to taking a holiday together but at the end of the day, you should both remember that this is a time to relax and have a bit of fun.
So here are some tips on how to get over some of the obstacles that may pop up when you travel with your partner for the first time.
Choosing the Destination
Before embarking on a new adventure, you both need to be on the same page. Choose a destination that you’ll both enjoy. You should decide on what the vacation will be like; are you trying to relax or are you wanting to explore the area? It’s a good idea to write down all the countries/cities you’d both like to visit and weigh up the pros and cons in terms of flight prices, seasonal factors and how much you can realistically afford. Compromise on this and ensure you’re both happy.
Be sure to set a budget between the both of you to avoid any awkward misunderstandings. Ensure that you’re taking into consideration the budget of whoever is the lower income partner. Just because you can afford something, doesn’t mean your partner can so be mindful of this when planning.
Test the Waters
Instead of booking a 3-week vacation in a completely different country, test out the waters before taking the plunge. Book a little getaway for the weekend and see how that goes first. Although a weekend is nothing compared to a few weeks, it’ll still give you a good idea on what to expect when travelling overseas. If there are too many issues that arise in a short weekend away together, you should probably reconsider an overseas trip.
In Case of Emergency
Before you go gallivanting with your loved one, be sure to prepare for any sort of emergency. This means buying travel insurance for the both of you, getting immunised correctly (especially if you travel to Asia), take all your medication that you may need and remember to let your family and friends know exactly where you are. All these things should be taken into consideration whether the trip is 1-week or 5-weeks so be prepared!
A trip overseas with your loved one should be fun and exciting! Don’t let any stresses get in the way of you enjoying each other’s company.