There are a couple of ways to spend time and make memories with your romantic partner, and traveling with them to a new destination is top of the list.
However, organizing and even going on a trip isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do, especially when the plan involves more than one person. For some people, setting up the trip might be so stressful you might reconsider canceling the whole thing.
The easiest way to ensure your trip goes smoothly, or at least how you pictured it is by incorporating a few tips. And while most of these aren’t exactly foolproof, they’re based on advice from couples who’ve successfully gone on numerous trips together and managed not to murder each other.
So, if you have an upcoming trip with your bae and don’t want to come back feeling spiteful, here are the six best traveling tips to help take the stress out of vacationing with your romantic partner:
Discuss Your Travel Styles – @blackcouplestraveltoo
If you’ve ever observed groups of people traveling, you’ll discover that people have very different travel styles. One partner might love flying, while the other prefers having their feet on the ground the whole time.
You and your partner need to openly discuss travel styles before you show up for your trip with a duffel bag while your darling has four overflowing suitcases of luggage.
Figuring out travel styles allows you to make arrangements that accommodate your needs and minimize last-minute arguments when one arrives at the airport 20 minutes before check-in.
Be Honest About Your Budget Before Making Any Solid Plans – @skylarmarshai and @tolutemi
A fact you can’t ignore is that vacations or travel plans of any sort require money. Ergo, before you start telling your partner to pick a destination or schedule some time off, you need to sit and honestly discuss how much each of you is willing and able to chip in financially.
Figuring out how much money you collectively have will allow you to choose an ideal destination, accommodation options, and even the activities you can partake in. This conversation also allows you to determine whether you’ll split the costs 50/50 or if one person is willing to cover more expenses.
Planning out your budget beforehand also allows you to set aside money for miscellaneous activities and also serves as a contingency plan. While this conversation might be nerve-wracking the first time, the more you travel with your partner, the easier this talk will be.
Plan Your Itinerary Together – @thatcouplewhotravels
Even if you’re both easygoing people, you need to have a semblance of a plan of what your trip will look like, hence the need for an itinerary.
Unless your partner is your carbon copy, you’re bound to like and want to do different things while on vacation.
The only way to ensure that no one feels like their time is wasted is by making the itinerary together. This way, you can engage in activities you enjoy individually and as a couple.
@thatcouplewhotravels even share their travel plans on Instagram, and when we say they’re so meticulous, we mean exactly that! You don’t have to be so strict with yours, but some semblance of a plan is better than nothing, trust us!
Share Travel Responsibilities – @oneikatraveller
Trips have many moving pieces, which can overwhelm one person to plan and coordinate.
So, before booking your hotel room, you need to agree on who does what. For example, one person can handle all the food-related bookings, while another handles all necessary documentation.
Sharing travel responsibilities also prevents the possibility of one of you feeling like you are stuck with the entire workload.
Since @oneikatraveller and her family decided to give up renting and tour the world together, she and her husband (and daughter) share some duties, making their trips effortless-ish and enjoyable!
Make Romance a Priority – @mrrenaissance_man & @callhernursesakari
Traveling with your partner, whether for leisure or work, can be the perfect experience to rekindle the fire.
However, in between planning and getting to locations on time, romance can be forgotten. The simple way to do this is to intentionally include it in your plans.
You can schedule couple activities like massages, dinner dates, couple excursions, and even some sexy time. This way, you enjoy each other’s company without stealing moments to be together.
Schedule For Some Alone Time – @dipyourtoesin
Just because you’re traveling with your partner doesn’t mean you have to be glued at the hip the whole time. In all honesty, spending all day every day together will get really dull and annoying pretty quickly.
Although you’re there as a team, you should also set aside some alone time to focus on the things you like. It can be scheduling different activities, which you individually enjoy, or even booking for them an excursion while you take the time to decompress, nap, or simply laze around alone.
Always Go With The Flow – @twotrends
Yes, we mentioned having an itinerary so that you get to do all the things to have planned out.
However, you might want to leave some gaps in the itinerary for spontaneous activities. Additionally, before you leave for the trip, it’s essential to mentally accept that, more often than not, things don’t go exactly as planned.
This mentality will be helpful when a plan falls through and you need to improvise. Remember, a little spontaneity never hurt anybody.