8 tips for traveling as a Couple Without Killing Each Other
Traveling as a couple can put a lot of stress on your relationship and cause fighting because it involves working together, using good communication skills and an ability to compromise. If you get caught up in fighting then you won’t have new experiences, like visiting attractions, becoming closer to your partner or re-igniting your sex life by having outdoor sex. You don’t want to ruin your trip so be smart about what you do. There are ways that you can take the pressure out of traveling as a couple and ensure that you have a great time that you’ll look back on fondly for years to come.
1) Choose a destination both of you want to go to
You need to choose a destination that both of you want to go to so make a list of the places you’d like to visit then compare to see if the two of you have any in common. If you’re still undecided then practice good communication and talk about why you want to visit a certain place to see if the two of you can compromise. You can also watch videos online together and use that as inspiration because you may find an unexpected destination that both of you are interested in. It’s important to choose a place together so both of you can look forward to visiting there and not feel like you’re being forced to go just because of your partner.
2) Plan your itinerary together
To cut down on unexpected surprises and fights you need to plan your travel itinerary as a couple. This way both of you have a say in what attractions to visit and both of you know what to expect. If there’s any issues then there’s time to sort them out before you leave and it won’t interfere with your vacation. You should think about all aspects of the trip, from which hotel to stay in to what attractions to see and where to eat. This puts both of you on the same page, gives each of you a chance to make decisions and feel like you have an equal say in what’s going to happen.
3) Make a reasonable budget
You don’t want to be surprised by a big credit card bill when you get back from a nice relaxing vacation so take the time to make a budget and keep it reasonable. Don’t go for the most expensive hotel just because you don’t travel as a couple often and you want some luxury in your life because that money can be better spent elsewhere. Leave some room for small treats and make sure you budget for all of your expenses so you don’t have to go over budget. You’re going to come back from your trip in a good mood and you can keep this going by not having to immediately start worrying about paying bills.
4) Divide travel chores
Traveling as a couple isn’t going to be fun if one of you is stuck doing all of the work so divide chores up. Have one person responsible for packing while the other one is responsible for booking transportation and the hotel. Use good communication before you leave and go over the list of things to do with your partner to make sure neither of you have forgotten anything. This is going to make you better prepared and you can focus on having fun as a couple instead of dealing with a last minute crisis.
5) Don’t forget about personal time
It’s important for a couple to spend some time apart and when they’re traveling together they’re going to be with each other constantly. This is going to lead to frustrations and feeling smothered so don’t forget about incorporating personal time into your trip. There’s a good chance that there’s something you want to do but your partner doesn’t so don’t make them go with you and have it as your solo activity. This gives you some freedom and gives you something interesting to talk about with them later on.
6) Come together as a couple
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of being on vacation and rush from site to site so you can see everything but you need to remember to spend a little bit of quality time together as a couple. After a busy day of sightseeing you can enjoy a quiet candle-lit meal at a restaurant or snuggle up in bed and talk about your favourite part of the day to re-connect This is going to strengthen the bond between the two of you and you can practice important relationship skills, like good communication and keeping romance alive. It’s a moment away from the vacation and is about the two of you.
7) Re-ignite your sex life
Traveling is all about having fun and doing something new as a couple so use this time as an opportunity to re-ignite your sex life. You can try new sex positions or role-plays in the privacy of your hotel room or be more adventurous and go to a sex shop and take your time picking out the perfect toy or have outdoor sex. This is going to be a special memory of your trip that’s just for the two of you so don’t be afraid to push boundaries. This can also be a great way to relieve any pent up stress and give you an excuse to let go of any inhibitions.
8) Stay in the moment
People have a tendency to take lots of photos and videos on their trip, documenting every moment of it and uploading it to social media. This can stop you from truly enjoying and experiencing the moment because you’re focused on getting the perfect shot. This can lead to fighting if your partner doesn’t take a good photo of you or isn’t smiling in one so you have to take it again. You need to remember that this is about making memories with your partner and this is more important than showing off to your friends. Put your phone or camera down and go with the flow so that your trip is about being a couple in love and experiencing life together.
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