Traveling with your significant other is a beautiful and romantic thing to do. You will see the world together, experience other cultures, see amazing sights, taste delicious food and create many beautiful memories to share with each other.
Also, traveling with a partner can make things easier in a lot of ways. You’ll be able to help each other out, keep each other safe, support each other and make the trip easier on each other.
However, it can be extremely difficult. It’s not natural for two people to spend 24 hours a day with each other for such a long period of time, and you’re bound to have issues and conflicts along the way. You will get stressed, overwhelmed and annoyed with each other and it’s important to deal with it in a healthy way so your relationship is still intact by the end of the trip.
Here are some important things I’ve learned:
Realise When You’re Stressed About the Situation, Not Each Other
Traveling is amazing, but the truth is that sometimes the day-to-day experiences of travel really suck. When you’re trudging along with your heavy backpack in the 86 degree heat of India through busy streets because you can’t find the hotel, or when your bus is stuck in traffic on the highway for hours and you’re hungry and thirsty, travel doesn’t seem quite so romantic.
In these situations it’s easy to become miserable and start being snappy and impatient with your partner. However, this only makes things worse. It’s not their fault you’re in an unpleasant situation, it’s just part of being on the road. They’re probably just as bored, tired, hungry, thirsty, hot or miserable as you. Instead of letting the stress of the situation turn things into a fight, take a deep breath and stay calm. You’re in this together, so go easy on each other.