Traveling with your significant other can be a wonderful or horrible thing. Traveling with someone you’re in a relationship with can truly be a test of compatibility and how well you two work together. You learn a lot about your partner and your relationship. I was lucky enough to travel with my partner and return more in love than before.
I’ve been with my boyfriend for six years. We’ve had good times, and bad times, and I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to make a relationship work. I’m not a relationship therapist, but I love the chance to share what has worked for me in hopes of possibly helping one couple out there!
You’ve gotta go with the flow. When traveling, something is bound to go wrong. How you handle these moments speaks volumes on the type of person you are, and the type of person your parter is. The last thing you want is to get frustrated because something doesn’t go as planned and in turn, you take it out on your partner. This will only cause you two to fight and harbor resentment toward one another. So, when your reservation gets mistakenly cancelled, or your flight gets delayed, remember to go with the flow – you’re on vacation!
Squeeze in some alone time. I know this sounds down right impossible because you’re sharing a hotel room with the person. But, if you can set aside a quiet hour per day where the two of you don’t talk, you may be a little less likely to get annoyed of the other person. Some versions of this “alone time” can be you both play on your phones, read a book, or even nap. When I was in Europe, I would go on runs after having been in the area for a few days and I felt comfortable enough to go out on my own. We both enjoyed having a few moments to ourselves and seemed to get along better because of it!
Don’t sweat the small stuff. You may want to go the museum, and he may want to go to the beach. Instead of getting into a disagreement over something so small when you’re lucky enough to be traveling the world, compromise. Maybe today he gets to pick the itinerary and tomorrow it’s your call. Either way, don’t sweat the small stuff when you have so much to be happy about! Traveling is a privilege, not a right. 😉
Respect your partners space. Do you ever have those days where you just want to be alone? You don’t want to be affectionate, or speak to anyone, and you really just wish you were alone. Well, guess what, so does your significant other! If they are acting a little more distanced, maybe they aren’t stirring up conversation or being as affectionate as you would like, respect their space! Maybe let there be more comfortable silence that day or wait for them to start a conversation when they’re up for it.
I hope you found some of my advice helpful! It really did work for me and my guy. We grew closer than ever on our trip and it ended up being a great thing for our relationship. Please comment down below any other tips you have for traveling with your significant other!