They say that you don’t really know someone until you move in with them, but we believe travel is a pretty big test of a relationship, when you’re a couple. You get to enjoy making memories with someone you love, which is pretty amazing, but you also see them at their worst — jetlagged, stressing about transfers, dealing with difficult challenges along the way. Here are our top 5 tips for travelling as a couple for the first time.
Give yourself time apart
As much fun as you might have together, everyone needs a little time to themselves, especially when you are spending 24 hours a day together in an unusual setting. Alone time is important, even if you just spend a few hours lost in your own books on the beach, or going to a spa on your own. You will appreciate the time apart, and each other even more!
Try something new
There is something so special about sharing a brand new experience together for the first time — it’s something you will both remember forever. So, whether you’re visiting somewhere neither of you have ever been before or it’s one of your favourite places, step out of your comfort zone and try something new, such as parasailing, scuba diving or even just a new cuisine.
Get decent insurance
Travel insurance is always important, but it’s vital to ensure that yours covers every eventuality. After all, if your hire car breaks down, the last thing you want is to have to tell your angry partner that you didn’t get the right insurance to cover it!
Having 24/7 emergency assistance might not be able to help you with any arguments you might be having, but it’s useful to have the peace of mind to know anything else is covered.
Learn to laugh it off
Travel doesn’t always go as you plan it and that can be really frustrating, especially if it is something that is out of your control. The best thing you can do, for your own enjoyment and your relationship, is to learn to laugh off the things you can’t change. Sure, it’s a pain that your flight is delayed and you have to sleep overnight in an airport, but think about how you can make it fun! Enjoy some airport food, play silly games, and nap together — try to make everything an adventure.
Soak up every moment
There might be some tense moments, a little bit of grumpiness when you’re tired, or plans that fall through, but there will also be some magical moments too. Make an effort to see a sunrise, take plenty of photographs, stay up late with a bottle of wine talking about your dreams, and use the trip as an opportunity to fall in love with each other, over and over again.
They are our top 5 tips for the first time you travel with your partner — we hope they helped and you have a great time making memories together! Let us know if you have any other tips, in the comments.