Planning a romantic getaway with your significant other is not always easy. It takes more than love to tolerate each other for an extended period of time, especially in an unfamiliar place. But don’t give up hope just yet. I have some for traveling successfully with your significant other.
Before booking anything, have a conversation about important things such as travel and where you plan to stay. You may enjoy flying out before the sun comes up, but your significant other is not a morning person and can make the travel time a bit unbearable. Staying in cheap hotels or even a hostel may seem best to save more funds for activities, but are they willing to cut costs in that area or would they feel more comfortable staying in a little bit pricier hotel for the sake of comfort? Discuss this with each other and find a middle ground.
Compromising doesn’t just end there. The places you go to eat, the activities you do, the sights you see, may all need some compromising. Your tastes may differ more than you realize when you’re away from home so agree to do the things you don’t want to do in return for them doing the same. You never know, you may just find yourself surprised.
It’s also important to be upfront about your habits before going away. If you need a cup of coffee in the morning before you’re tolerable to be around, let them know that. Some of those cute habits, such as needing a fan on to sleep, may lose their cute-factor after being with each other nonstop for days. Agree to have open communication during the trip about any annoyances to prevent a small disturbance from forming into a major argument. Remember that you’re sharing a small living space. Keep your items tidy and confined to just one part of the room.
Be cognizant of each other’s needs. You’re both going to be stepping out of your comfort zones; finding ways to comfort each other is a great chance to show how much you care for them. If you notice they’re getting tired, offer to take a break from the itinerary and grab drinks. Moments of spontaneity like this can create some of the best memories. If one of you becomes sick, take the opportunity to show them they are your priority. Take care of them and pack items like a deck of cards to keep each other entertained while you’re holed up in the hotel room for the day.
While it’s important to spend your vacation together, it’s also healthy to spend some time apart. Maybe you can’t come to a compromise on that day’s activities. You want to spend the day snorkeling while they wish to be pampered at the spa. It’s okay to not be attached at the hip. The time spent apart will give you two a chance to miss each other. It will also provide new stories to share over dinner that night.
Use your vacation to disconnect with your world at home. You’re in a new and exciting place, with the one you love the most, don’t let your phone become a distraction. Don’t connect to the wifi except to let people at home know you’re safe. After that, take advantage of airplane mode. You’ll still be able to use your phone’s camera but won’t be bombarded by text messages and facebook notifications. If you’re really in for a challenge, purchase a disposable camera and leave your phone in the room.
The most important advice I can give you is to cherish your time with each other and have fun. Get drunk together, create memories, make new friends, but most of all expand your comfort zones and grow together.