“Let’s go on a trip!” It doesn’t matter who suggested it first, going on a trip is always a great way to take a relationship to the next level.
Whether it’s your first trip together or your hundredth, domestic or international, a weekend trip or a full month, traveling with your partner is an unforgettable experience full of myths and realities that you’ll have already experienced or ones that you’ll experience in the future.
Here you a have a mini-guide to make your trip with your partner go as smoothly as possible:
Come up with a plan with your partner (but be flexible)
Anyone who’s been to Mexico before knows that going to Acapulco and going to the Riviera Maya are two completely different experiences. Both are beach destinations and have a lot of similarities, but the activities they offer are very different, and agreeing on what to do is an essential part of ensuring that you and your partner enjoy your experience to the fullest.
Make sure you discuss questions like: where will we go? For how long? Is it essential that we do it, or should we only do it if there’s an opportunity? Should we hire a tour guide or do everything on our own? The more questions that you’ll ask and answer in advance, the more opportunities you’ll have to do as much (or as little!) as you want when you get to your destination.
Not every couple wants to do the same thing, either. Some want to relax and stay in one place, and others want to cover as much ground as possible and explore every nook and cranny of their destination.
Ask your partner up front what they do and don’t want before buying tickets or booking accommodations, and you’ll be able to get a better picture of what you and your partner want. But if you don’t agree on something, don’t worry! Just communicate your travel needs just like everything else. Keep in mind that it’s okay to have alone time during your trip. If you want to go on a guided tour but your partner wants to relax by the beach for the morning, that’s fine! Do that and then do something together in the afternoon. It’s important that both people feel heard in the planning process.
Decide on a budget for your trip before you go
Another important thing to discuss before you travel is budgeting. Even if it’s only for a few days, you’ll put your mind at ease if you and your partner know about how much you’re going to spend while you’re on vacation. Make sure to call your credit card company and let them know a week in advance that you’ll be traveling and let them know where so your card doesn’t get declined while you’re there!
Start by budgeting for basic expenses such as transportation, meals, and accommodation, and look online for costs of attractions or sites of interest that you want to visit. It’s also important to discuss who will be paying for what and how, and what expenses are absolutely essential for your trip.
If you’re going Dutch, make sure you communicate that up front and add some cushion to your budget for unexpected costs such as drinks, local transportation, and souvenirs for your family (or yourselves!). Be realistic with the prices and always budget for more so when something is more expensive than expected, you can pay for it or if it’s cheaper than expected, you can save some money.
Even if you’re going on the most luxurious trip of a lifetime, budgeting up front and saving on some parts of the trip will give you more flexibility to do what you want. We recommend you book a tour so you can get to know more places of interest in an organized way. It also helps you save money so you can go on another trip! Make sure you agree on which way you and your partner will pay for things within the budget. It’s always recommended to have local currency on you or your partner at all times.
Prepare an emergency plan
Consider it a pro tip for new couples going on their first trip or couples who are visiting the area for the first time.
First, identify which situations you could find yourself in during the trip. Don’t succumb to paranoia, but be realistic. Some questions to consider are: is the place unsafe? Does it involve extreme sports? Have we read a lot of bad reviews of the place or activity online? Do we know how to avoid getting into dangerous situations? What would we do if we found ourselves in that situation or emergency? Do we know the local emergency number? Can we get help from the travel agency that organized our trip or ask the hotel?
We recommend that you stay in touch with family and friends before and during the trip. You can also contact your insurance company about life insurance coverage (if they have it) or get travel insurance for your trip.
Be patient with yourself and your partner
If you’ve spent a lot of time with your partner already (or even if you don’t!) you know what we’re talking about. Traveling with your partner is an important stage in any relationship, and it comes with more than just spending time (and money) together. There may be situations that are different from traveling alone or with your family, and if you find yourself in situations that are out of your control, they’ll most likely be out of your partner’s control too. So stay calm if an unexpected situation comes up.
Patience is key, both in relationships and while traveling. If your goal is to have an incredible vacation and have fun with one another, make patience your priority and expect the unexpected during your time together. If a problem arises, take a moment and communicate with your partner. Remember that you are your partner’s best ally and vice versa. If you find yourself in an unexpected situation, face it together as if you were at home. Don’t let your daydreams or fears overcome you and assume that everything will either go wrong or go completely without a hitch. Make sure you agree on what to explore, what to eat, how much time you want to spend together, and how much you want to spend. Discuss it calmly, use a flexible plan, and enjoy a great adventure with your partner!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our mini-guide for couples’ travel. Remember to share it with your significant other before preparing for your trip and subscribe to Re_set to get the exclusive discounts on accommodations in the most romantic couples’ destinations on the planet.