10 THINGS TO AVOID WHEN TRAVELING AS A COUPLE
While couples travel is pretty amazing, travel is just one of those things that put you in unusual situations with a partner and put you through both good and bad experiences. Even when doing something as enjoyable, romantic, and inspiring as travelling, it is easy to become frustrated and even fight.
Yes, travelling can be stressful. But this does not have to be the case! Sure, there will be ups and downs (and you should definitely prepare for the downs), but if you put effort into presenting your best self and avoiding bad habits, you two should be fine.
We’ve compiled a list of our very best couple travel tips, presented as the major couples travel mistakes you don’t want to make, to help you prepare for travelling as a couple with a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other. Here are some essential travel tips for couples: Things to avoid on your next vacation.
NOT EVERY SECOND SHOULD BE SPENT TOGETHER
You’re going on a trip for two, so you should be joined at the hip, right? Nope! You do not have to be together on your trip all of the time.
Even if you’re only travelling with your partner for a week, make time for yourself every now and then (ideally every day). It does not imply that you must spend an entire day apart, but rather that you must make time for yourselves.
All it really means is taking the time to reconnect with yourself and your needs in order to be rejuvenated. This is especially useful if either of you is an introvert.
A beautiful middle ground? Spend 2-3 hours alone on one afternoon of your trip doing anything you like.
DON'T EXPECT YOUR TRIP TO BE EXTREMELY ROMANTIC.
You’re on a trip with your lover. Isn’t it true that every moment should be filled with fireworks, castles, and amazing summit romantic selfies? Wrong. It’s easy to imagine that all couples’ holidays should be romantic, but this is not the case.
One of our favourite pieces of advice for couple travellers is that they will not always get along. Not every moment of travel is filled with glitz and romance.
DO NOT FORGET TO MAKE TIME FOR ROMANCE.
By the same token, while couples travelling together should not demand a continuous lovefest, they should be careful about creating romantic times together.
It doesn’t always sound spontaneous and emotional, but you have to do what you have to do!
Whether your idea of romance is ordering room service and staying in bed all day or going on a special walk just the two of you, think about how to make your couple’s vacation pleasant and unforgettable. These private moments will stand out and become some of your most treasured Christmas memories.
AVOID DISCUSSING MONEY
Woof. The worst type of argument is one about money. When you’re on vacation, it might be even more of a downer.
If you’re a couple travelling for an extended period of time, this may be an exception. Then, unavoidably, the subject of money will arise, and you’ll have to work together to compromise and budget. When on a shorter trip, though, try to avoid money disputes.
DO NOT Look TO BE POSSESSIVE OF YOUR PARTNER.
This lesson applies to your everyday life, not simply travelling as a pair. Being in a foreign place, on the other hand, introduces fresh situations and people. Men, especially in some regions of Europe, are loud in their admiration for female beauty.
Don’t stress out or begin a quarrel, with your husbands and boyfriends. Almost always, no harm is intended, and their whistles are only a complement to the attractive woman you’re accompanying.
The same is true for women. Your partner may be staring at the tall blondes of Scandinavia, but remember, he came here with you.
It’s best to keep your attention on each other during your vacation. Nobody else is important. It’s just the two of you and a fantastic vacation.
DO NOT Completely separate YOURSELVE
Now I appear to be directly contradicting myself. The vacation may be all about you two and your love, but your couple’s travel will be enhanced if you sometimes increase your company of two.
A brief vacation or honeymoon, or even your first trip as a couple, is an exception…then it is normal and expected to be hyper-focused on your spouse. However, if you’re on a long-term trip, such as a couple going around the world, try not to isolate yourself.
Make it a point to socialise at least once a week. Make an effort to meet other couples. Engage in conversation with the locals. Participate in culinary courses for groups, brewery excursions, or city walks.
REMOVE YOURSELF FROM ROUTINES.
This DOES NOT apply to long-term travelling couples. It’s all too easy to get into a habit, whether you’re on the road or at home. Routine quickly creates a rut.
Travel has a natural benefit in that it continuously adds excitement and freshness to your life. But, wherever you are, don’t become so engrossed in the routines of everyday life and your agenda that you lose sight of spontaneity, romance, and unique, tiny gestures.
Try to spice things up at least once a week…whatever that means for you and your partner!
REMEMBER TO DIVIDE TRAVEL RESPONSIBILITIES
It may be quite beneficial to assign travel-related chores to each individual on any length of the journey.
There will be no “but I thought YOU packed them!!!!” at the airport if the Smiths know Husband Smith is in charge of carrying the passports. Wife Smith may relax knowing her husband has things under control.
And Wife Smith can be in charge of something else, such as issuing flight cards or making hotel reservations. This allows both couples to contribute and reduces stress for everyone. In a nutshell, it makes travelling as a couple ten times more enjoyable.
DO NOT BE OBSESSED WITH TAKING THE PERFECT PHOTO.
Speaking of Instagram, we highly advise you not to spend too much time on it during your vacation. I know from personal experience that this may seriously derail a vacation.
As couples travel bloggers, Nathan and I are frequently required to shoot contrived photographs, which we despise. It disrupts the flow of the day, is time-consuming, stressful, and plain unpleasant. So, in my opinion, only snap images that you actually appreciate. Also, keep in mind that the complex, staged photographs you frequently see on Instagram require hours of shooting and days of preparation.
A charming trip selfie is nothing to be ashamed of.
Or, if you want to take some excellent shots without using a selfie stick or asking a stranger to take them for you, I highly recommend travelling with a lightweight tripod and a remote shutter (this one comes with both and works with your phone!). You may capture your OWN images this way and get some very cool results.