Tips for Traveling Couples
Updated: Apr 24
Travelling overseas and visiting foreign destinations with your partner can often be an unforgettable experience; however, it is not always smooth sailing. After going on many trips together as a couple we have come to realise this, as we have had our fair share of frustrations and disagreements while on the road. Over the years and with more trips under our belts, we have become more accustomed to what travelling as a couple means and how the smallest changes can make the biggest difference in how we travel together.
We have put together some tips that will help you travel better together as a couple, making your future travel experiences stress free and more enjoyable!
1.) Plan Trips Together
Travelling with your significant other isn't just a matter of choosing a destination and packing your bags, there is a lot more that goes into planning a great trip. Make sure you are both involved in the process, work together to book tickets, find accommodation, and make a list of the attractions you want to visit.
By sharing the load, travel preparations will be a lot less stressful and you will both know what to expect from the upcoming trip.
2.) Pack Your Own Bags
This is something that we swear by after many trips away together. Only you will know 100% what you want to take with you, therefore you should be the one responsible for packing it. We suggest that you both pack your individual bags at the same time, this way you can bounce ideas of each other about what you might need to bring to a particular destination, without having to be accountable for your partner's forgotten toothbrush or phone charger.
Packing your own bags and being responsible for your personal belongings gives you a degree of accountability, so you won't always be relying on your partner.
3.) Stick to Your Strengths
When you are travelling with your partner it is important that you both recognize your weaknesses and strengths, so that you can each take on leadership roles for different aspects of your trip. For example, Kong is horrible at reading maps, yet he has an uncanny ability to pick out great local restaurants, therefore I always take the lead when it comes to navigating our way around a foreign city and he generally chooses places for us to eat at.
By sticking to your strengths, you will work better as a team and will save yourself from a lot of unnecessary arguments.
4.) Take Time to Be Alone
Traveling with another person isn't always a bed of roses and there will be times when you need your own space. It is important to take some downtime during your trip, to reflect and decompress, as spending 24hrs a day together can often lead to arguments about the silliest of things. During trips, Kong and I usually take some alone time during the evenings when we are back at our hotel, by reading books, watching movies, taking long baths or going for a swim.
Taking the time to be alone will help you recharge after a long day and will make you appreciate each other even more when you are together.
5.) Slow Down
Taking the time to slow down and enjoy the little moments during our trips, is a skill we have both developed over the years and we feel that it has helped us travel more cohesively as a couple. Even though our trips are often built around time restraints, we always try to find the time to take a break, relax, and enjoy our surroundings. You can slow down by doing something as simple as stopping for a coffee in a café, going for a walk in a park or people-watching in a local square.
By taking the time to slow down, you and your partner will be able to better appreciate the destination you are in, reflect on your trip so far, and alter your travel plans to meet your needs as a couple.
6.) Listen and Compromise
Traveling with your partner can be a great experience, as you get to explore new places together and make memories to last a lifetime; however, inevitably you will not always see eye to eye when it comes to choosing places to visit and things to do. Before you leave on a trip, try making a list of places you want to see and things you each want to do at the destination. For all the things that don't match up across your lists, you will need to come to some kind of compromise. Try to find a middle ground by doing things you both enjoy, while also having one or two activities which cater to your individual interests.
Often the best travel experiences come from things we didn't originally intend to do, so listen to each other, compromise, and make a trip that is memorable for you both.
7.) Travel More
Perhaps the best way to become a more cohesive travel couple, is to simply spend more time traveling together. Very few couples will be able to travel together without any hiccups during their first trip, as traveling as a couple is completely different to dating or living together. Traveling will put previously unexplored aspects of your relationship to the test, as your will often be placed in unfamiliar or stressful situations together.