Most relationships start more or less in the same way: you meet someone, be it a friend or a partner, and slowly you get to know them. You eventually learn about their peculiarities and the things they like and hate, but to quickly assess if a person is a good match, I’d argue you have to travel with them.
When you go on a date or meet a new co-worker, for instance, you tend to be in familiar environments and you kind of know what to expect in each situation. When you’re traveling however, everything goes bonkers, especially if you’re backpacking and might face new experiences on a daily basis.
But that’s exactly what you need to deeply know another person! Here are a few insights as to why traveling accelerates any relationship:
1. You See the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
And by ugly, I mean your partner’s hangover-bad-breath-makeup-smeared face! No, really; people are not always the same and they definitely change depending on the situation they find themselves in.
When you miss your bus in Peru’s cold and rainy Andes and the person you’re with has a mental breakdown thinking they won’t make it to Cuzco to get the flight, you’ll ask yourself whether you prefer the person that’s mostly calm or the one whose tempers flare?