I love traveling with my husband! We’ve been on almost 250 trips together over our marriage. But just because we are veteran travels doesn’t mean that it’s always been smooth sailing. Though we love one another, traveling is stressful and can really take a toll on even the strongest marriage. Here are tips for traveling couples to avoid fights and other conflicts on your journey. Traveling is supposed to be fun, these tips will help to keep it that way.
Tips For Traveling Couples So You Don’t Want To Kill Each Other
1.Lower Your Expectations
Approach your travels with low expectations. Things are going to go wrong, and not everything is going to go perfectly. As soon as you realize that, the sooner you will have more fun and a better vacation. Just because a day hasn’t gone perfectly doesn’t mean that your relationship (or the vacation) is doomed. Relax, reset, and start over. Tomorrow is always a new day. I always say “won’t this be a funny story in a few years?” to my husband in times of trouble.
2. Realize It’s Not Always Going To Be Romantic
Piggybacking on the tip above, it’s understandable that you go into your vacation with the desire to do something romantic with your partner. But that doesn’t mean that the entire trip has to be romantic! Sometimes, people come down with food poisoning or have a little too much to drink the night before and end up hunched over the toilet. Don’t let these unromantic moments ruin your vacation and look at them like bonding moments instead.
3. Split Up The Responsibilities
A lot goes into planning a trip, so it’s best to divide up the responsibilities based on your own strengths. If your partner has a knack for nosing out the big deals on fun things to do, let them book the various aspects for the trip. If you’re good at navigation, packing efficiently, or navigating the flight details, make those your own responsibilities.
4. Keep A Budget
As is with life, a budget is crucial to a successful vacation that you won’t go home regretting. Sit down with your S.O. to discuss various financial aspects before heading off, and decide who is responsible for paying for what. Additionally, determine how much money can be spent per day (on food, souvenirs, etc.) without killing your budget. Of course, it is a vacation and you can be relatively lax about the financials, but make sure that you do consider them to some degree.
5. Take Time For Yourself
Some people have to be completely alone in order to decompress, and that applies even when on vacation. You don’t need to be with your S.O. 24/7 on your trip, and it’s perfectly acceptable to want to do something by yourself. Head to the spa while your husband plays golf, or vice versa, you’ll come out feeling refreshed and ready to spend more time with one another.
6. Forgive And Forget
Fights or small spats are bound to happen, whether you are on vacation or at home. Forget about them and move on. I hope these tips for traveling couples makes your next vacation the best yet!