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How To: Travel as a Couple

There’s nothing better than finding the perfect person to share your passion for travel with and exploring some of the world’s most romantic destinations. There’s also nothing that tests a relationship quite like the way travel does when you’re jetlagged and not used to spending 24/7 with each other! Here’s how to cope.

Book your trip in advance

Avoid those little, petty arguments on the way by booking the majority of your trip in advance. We’re talking about the “big stuff” like flights and accommodations. It’s also a good idea to have a rough itinerary of where you want to go and what you’d like to see too. It’s always fun to be a bit spontaneous, but not when it comes to where you’re going to stay that night.

Couple holding hands

Get your luggage sorted

Pack your own bags. Carry your own bags. It’s really that simple. Then, you’ll easily avoid comments like, “Your bag weighs a ton, what did you put in here? The kitchen sink? Are 4 pairs of shoes really necessary?” (Editor’s note: yes, sometimes 4 pairs of shoes really are necessary).

Try something small before you go RTW

If you both are dreaming of traveling around the world, it’s probably best to try a few smaller trips before committing to a year long adventure together. Try traveling for 2-3 weeks and test the waters before booking a RTW trip.

Avoid a third wheel

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than being the third wheel on a date, so don’t invite your best friend to come along on the trip. If you want friends along for the ride, invite a few more so there’s a group of at least 5 of you, so no one feels left out.

Three travelers hiking

Agree on your budget

Talk about your trip budget and money before you go. Know exactly how much each of you wants to spend and can spend while you’re on the road. Arguments about money never end well, so it’s better to get that out of the way before you begin.

Embrace your differences

Surprise! You might not like doing exactly the same things as your partner, and that’s okay! Just because you’re traveling together, doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking moment together. Split ways for a day and see the museums you’d really like to see that they might not be that interested in.

Enjoy each other

It’s way too easy to pack as much as possible into a 2-week trip away. There’s just so much to see! But don’t forget about the romance and to take time for the regular couple things. Splurge on a nicer hotel for a night, pack a picnic with a killer view, order room service… you get the idea. At the end of the day, traveling as a couple can often strengthen a relationship – so don’t forget to relax and enjoy each other while you’re off exploring the world.

Have you traveled with your partner before? What advice would you give other couples thinking of traveling together for the first time? Take the plunge and book your romantic getaway now.

IMG: FlorenceCouple, Hiking / Pixabay

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