You might be used to traveling with your friends, family members or even your colleagues, but when it comes to your significant other, that’s an entirely different matter.
You must have been dreaming about this vacation for months now and you don’t want to ruin it by committing an unrepairable mistake.
So, here are some simple tips that might help you avoid any potential conflicts with your partner and enjoy yourselves to the maximum.
#1. Make Sure You and Your Partner Are Ready for Your First Vacation Together
Now, I know the title probably says it all, but I really think an open discussion with your partner will help you to decide whether you are both ready for this phase.
I know the anticipation of traveling to another country, especially a very romantic one, with your beloved sounds very promising and exciting.
As many claims, a vacation does represent an ideal opportunity to strengthen a relationship. But, did you take a look at the other side of the coin?
City of French romance or city of lights, you can find that spark of love gone, taking along with it the feeling of connection and closeness, hence increasing emotional distance between you.
It sounds strange, but slowly you’ll find yourself wanting to spend more time alone rather than with your partner. That wave of “deadness”, my friend, can submerge your relationship.
So, be clear with your partner and let them know what is expected of them during this vacation.
#2. Discuss The Purpose Of The Trip and Who Will Be Joining You
Are you taking a break from your work?
Want to see Europe with your significant other?
Want to create new memories that will be forever unique to your relationship?
I don’t know for you, but I firmly believe every vacation should have a purpose.
And, it might be a romantic getaway, but what if your friends want to tag along? Or, sometimes, in the worst scenario, you’ve got your parent or siblings (ah, the meddlesome devils) who wish to join the trip.
It is good to know how many people are going to be part of the vacation so as you can plan accordingly.
#3. Choose a Destination You Are Both Interested In
Although this seems obvious, I think communication is essential here.
While South Korea and China feature on your wish list of countries you would love to visit, your partner most probably wants to visit Italy or England. Or, it can also happen that both of you have not even think about it.
I always recommend choosing a destination that both of you are excited about. And, for that, you need to sit down with your partner, do your research and choose a destination, combining your tastes and preferences.
Still, let me give you examples of some romantic destinations that most couples would die to explore:
- Bruges, Belgium
- Ubud, Bali
- The Isle Of Skye, Scotland
- Padar Island, Indonesia
- Cinque Terre, Italy
- Kyoto, Japan
- The Maldives
- Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
- Big Sur, California
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Northern Lights, Iceland
- Kauai, Hawaii
- Santorini, Greece
- Venice, Italy
- Paris, France
- Ushuaia, Argentina
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
- The Berkshires, New England, USA
#4. Plan Thoroughly to Avoid Any Misunderstanding
Once you have decided on your destination, it’s time for the planning phase.
Here’s a kind of short guide to help you plan your first couple trip:
- Determine the length of your trip. Will you go for a 5-day trip? Or 1 month?
- Calculate approximately how much money you need and work towards establishing a proper budget.
- Check the expiration date of your passport and if you don’t have one, get one immediately.
- Once you have booked your flights for the trip, get your travel insurance.
- Based on the length of your trip, book your accommodations accordingly.
- Do your research with local transportation.
- Check airline baggage rules and restrictions
- Take out some cash a couple of weeks before your trip
It’s your first-ever vacation with your beloved and you don’t expect the list to be that short, do you?
Well, if you want to more about how to face the challenges of a trip for two, come back for the second part!