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?
2. It Puts You in Unusual Situations
Have you been in a place where nobody understands a word you say and you really need to buy some medicine or sanitary pads? I bet it sucks, but it might happen! These are the moments you were not expecting and the ones that might give you a glimpse into someone else’s life.
Usually you’ll tackle these as a team — mimicking and laughing — and everything will happen swiftly, but if your companion freaks out, you might be in for a treat. Sometimes you’ll learn that your partner is super picky when you spend the day going from one shop to the other!
3. You’re Together 24/7
So, all of a sudden, that happy and bubbly person seems rather moody in the morning, giving you sharp answers and the evils — definitely not a good start of the day! You keep thinking whether you might have offended him or her and cannot find the reason.
The truth is there’s probably nothing happening and you’re just seeing a side of them you didn’t know. When this same person spends the whole day visiting the toilet because of a bout of Delhi Belly, you’ll truly see a side that’s noisy and smelly! If you survive that, I believe you can survive anything!