Dying to see the world with your significant other, but unsure where to start? Here we give tips on how to plan the best vacation with your bae and how to ensure the trip goes well, whether you spend a week on an adventurous trip, exploring old neighborhoods in historic cities or under an umbrella on a beach somewhere.
Enhance your romance by taking a trip to somewhere special.
How to Know if You and Your Partner are Ready to Travel Together
Traveling with anyone opens doors to greater aspects of your relationship together. How comfortable do you feel with the other person? Do you want to spend all of your time with him or her for the duration of the trip? Most couples should feel confident spending hours on end together before they make the decision to pack their bags. “If you feel comfortable together and are both willing to communicate and compromise, that is a good sign. But truly, until you make the decision to travel, there’s a lot you won’t know until you just do,” said Diana Dorell, a relationship coach and best-selling author. The best indicator is, therefore, comfort, but make sure to travel with an open mind and a willingness to learn more about your partner.
What Traveling Together Teaches You About Your Relationship
Spending so much time with your significant other can bring about difficult conversations and confrontations. “Even when you think you’re right, you may not be. You should be open to the other person’s point of view,” George Washington University junior Sam Horowitz said. Be prepared to listen to each other the entire trip in. Without doing so, you may end up arguing or harboring resentment. All of a sudden, you become responsible for considering the other person in every scenario and you will likely learn more about him or her. Good communication makes for a healthy relationship, where a give and take exists.
Two Different Vacation Styles, One Vacation
Compromises and concessions: two key elements in any relationship. You both should work together on major decisions and planning. “I think asking the question, ‘What is the intention of this trip?’ can really help deciding where to go,” Dorell said. “It’s all about finding out how you can both satisfy the intentions and things most important to you and as a couple.” That means you can split your time between solo time and time as a couple in order to fulfill both of your needs. One of you may want to go skiing or surfing, while the other may want a day at the spa, and that is ok. You can go for a walk on the beach together at night, take a cooking class in the country you are visiting or simply watch a movie in bed together. You and your partner have the capability to compromise and still partake in travel adventures you enjoy.
Breaking Down Vacation Costs With Your Partner
Try to split the costs evenly. “You cannot put the entire burden on one person. It’s more, you get this, I’ll get that,” Arizona State University sophomore Olivia Munson said. Try to take turns paying for little things like meals, and split the larger costs like plane tickets and lodging. This is another place where the importance of communication shines. Maintain openness and honesty about what each of you can afford to avoid confusion or problems once you leave for the trip.
What it’s Really Like to Finally Go on Vacation With your Partner
Once you’ve completed the hard parts, the trip itself is the perfect time to let go and enjoy your time with your bae. Remind yourself to live in the moment and enjoy his or her company. Discover activities that both of you like. “We went diving together and it was a lot of fun. We were both into diving prior, and both thought it would be great to try it together,” George Washington University sophomore Patrick Burland said. The time away you two have can become an essential and integral time to leave your problems behind, rediscover your love for each other and enjoy the company of your loved one.