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Top Tips: How To Survive Travelling As A Couple


Don’t go hungry

Because, let’s face it – nearly all of us turn into snappy, unreasonable monsters when we’re verging on the ‘hangry’ side of things. Almost every utterly pointless argument I had with my boyfriend started because we went too long without food.

The answer? Keep snacks on you – cereal bars, bananas – anything to quickly scoff on the road. A firm food fix when van-living turned out to be Vegemite and peanut butter sandwiches (yes really).

Plan in advance

It’s fun to be spontaneous but it really does save a lot of unnecessary stress to plan in advance – book accommodation for peace of mind. I’ll never forget the time we decided to turn up on a Thai island during peak season without a place to stay. Surprise, surprise everywhere was fully booked….except a cockroach infested over-priced shack complete with blood stained bedding. We didn’t sleep a wink and vowed to book in advance from then on!

Respect each other

Living in each other’s pockets 24 hours a day can be pretty intense but it’s still important to treat each other fairly and keep tempers at bay.

If you’re annoyed about something, take a deep breath and think to yourself – is this really worth a debate? Half the time it’ll be over sometime minor… who used the last squeeze of sun cream, who forgot to zip the mosquito net etc.

Make friends

After months on the road, it’s possible to become a bit reliant on each other and forget how to socialise as you would back home. Couples travelling together can be harder to approach than friends and solo travellers – you’ll need to make the effort to strike up a conversation. Meeting new people is a great way to share tips, exchange stories and learn. Who knows…you might make friends for life.

Spend time apart  

Remember that you don’t always have to be joined at the hip to have a good time. Go on a mini shopping trip alone, take a cooking course, have a dip in the sea, play games with the locals. Whatever it may be, it’s good for the mind and the soul to have a breather sometimes. You’ll even have something fresh to talk about when you meet up later in the day.

Have each other’s backs

We all know travelling can be an incredible life-changing experience but sometimes, things can go wrong. Cards can be sucked into cash machines, money can be stolen, vehicles can break down and accidents can happen. It’s important during these times to always look out for each other. When things get a bit shitty and all you want to do is have a cry and a hug, do it. The beauty of the situation is you have your other half there, so prop each other up.

Use each other’s strengths

Does you partner have an incredible sense of direction? Designate them as the official map reader. Do you have super skills in finding the best transport deals? We can’t all be good everything so split the tasks up and be a team.

LAUGH! 

Be silly, laugh until your tummy aches and try to see the funny side of life.

Belly flop into the sea on Bali’s beaches, have one too many buckets in Bangkok, giggle at each other’s dodgy accents, try on ridiculous outfits in the markets – it’s all part of the fun. Take photographs, keep a diary – you’re memories will last forever. Be partners in crime and keep smiling!

 

Do you have any more tips?  Leave your comments below! 


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  • Sarah
    August 12, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    This post is perfect! My husband and I have always loved traveling together, but just spent 13 months doing so – by each other’s sides almost every single day. We pretty much only got snippy with each other when we were hungry! 🙂 And cherished taking solo walks or runs or museum trips.

  • The Wanderlover
    August 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Yessss this post is perfect. My boyfriend and I ALWAYS need to have food on us to keep the bickering to a minimum

  • Joanna
    August 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    These are great tips for partners traveling together. I usually travel solo but I do remember that one trip that I took with my ex-boyfriend, which ended up being a nightmare. Luckily it wasn’t a long trip, just a few days away. I guess when traveling long term, giving each other space is essential.

  • Renada
    August 12, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Your first tip is so true! Everything is worse when you’re hungry. I would also say communication, which ties into what you say about time apart. Don’t be afraid to say that you need it.

  • Lien
    August 12, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Haha sounds so familiar! I am really not nice company when I am hungry or tired 😉

  • Meghna
    August 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Haha totally agree to all of these! I remember on our honeymoon in Greece when my new husband kept wanting to wake up at 4am to watch the sunrise and I just wanted to sleep! I couldn’t care less about the sun rise..i was so exhausted from the wedding.. I swear I could have literally killed him that morning for forcing me to wake up! By the 3rd day though, we learnt the best thing was to do a few things on your own…he caught a beautiful sunrise while I slept like a baby. =)

    • missionmagic
      August 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story – that’s so funny but I can totally relate!