I absolutely love travelling with my boyfriend.
I love listening to cheesy road trip playlists on Spotify as we cruise through country lanes, pulling him around cities I already know by heart through my extensive pre-holiday Googling, exploring new places at night when the air is warm and the wine tastes better, and every other little thing that makes travelling as a couple just so exciting.
Buuuut…that’s not to say that we haven’t had our fair share of holiday-induced arguments.
We’ve argued about where to eat. We’ve argued because I’ve forgotten to pack enough warm clothes and now need to steal his warmest jumper (every. single. time). We’ve argued because we’re sleepy and cranky and lost and broke and all of the other little things that *sometimes* make travelling as a couple really bloody annoying.
Of course, travelling should be stress-free and exciting – but when does anything ever go to plan? To help you sink into your next adventure without the extra agg of arguing with your partner, here are five tried-and-tested tips for travelling as a two!
Compromise, compromise, compromise
So, you’re all about the beach and he/she’s all about the city. What are you going to do?
If you’re going to have fun on your next trip, you need to choose a destination that caters to both of you. There are loads of creative ways to do this, but my boyfriend and I have found that road trips are often the solution.
We love road trips, simply because you don’t need to settle on one destination! With just your car and a willingness to explore, you can hike through the mountain ranges of North Wales one day and drink cocktails in metropolitan Liverpool the next.
This doesn’t have to mean spending more, either. You’ll just need to stay in less pricey accommodation (preferably somewhere with cooking facilities) to make up for the fact that you’ll be forking out on petrol.
Of course, a driving holiday might not take your fancy – but this is just one example of how you can steer your next trip in a direction that works for both of you!
If a driving holiday 100% is for you, then North Wales is a must! Get inspired with my blog: Five Beautiful Spots To Add To Your North Wales Road Trip
Consider each other’s needs
When we travel, my boyfriend is amazing at finding local restaurants with vegan options. Even if he’s desperate to check out a cafe he’s read about or try the local cuisine of our destination, he won’t pressure me into eating anywhere that doesn’t offer plenty of plant-based dishes.
This simple thing helps to avoid a lot of hunger-induced arguments, and reminds me why he’s the greatest travel buddy ever!
Considering your partner’s needs is vital if you’re going to enjoy even a weekend trip without bickering, so actively think about the following when travelling:
- Likes and dislikes
- Dietary requirements
- Budget (this is a big one!)
- Medical conditions
- Family commitments.
Don’t be scared to spend time alone
Just because you’re travelling in a couple, it doesn’t mean you need to stay side-by-side for the entire trip! Needing to spend time alone is completely natural, so don’t be afraid to take a breather if you need to.
If you’re on a city break, this might be as simple as enjoying a morning walk by yourself, or going solo to the museum your boyfriend really, really, really doesn’t like the look of.
If you’re on a longer trip, like a year-long backpacking adventure, taking time apart could be booking a few nights in separate accommodation. It’s not unusual to need your own space, but recognising and discussing it can be slightly trickier.
When it comes to telling your partner that you’d like to have some time to yourself, simply explain that it’ll help you refresh and appreciate the time you spend together during the rest of your trip!
Take plenty of happy photographs
Your weekend break, month-long holiday or two-year living abroad experience may be the highlight of your entire relationship, so don’t forget to capture it on cam!
Not everyone loves posing for the camera, so I’m not suggesting that you become Instagram travel influencers in order to record your next holiday. A few quick snaps here and there will simply give you something tangible to look at when you’ve returned home!
If you’re planning a future together, these holiday pics could even be what you show your children and grandchildren in a few years time.
Of course, there’s a fine line between capturing incredible moments and experiencing your entire trip through a lens. Pushing a camera in front of your partner’s face might get annoying, so try not to go overboard on the snapping!
However, even if you’re camera shy, you’ll love having some happy holiday pics when you’re at home battling the inevitable post-travel blues.
Plan fun dates for each other!
When you’ve been on the go for a while, it’s easy to fall into the same routines and habits that you would at home. From bickering about who forgot to stock up on shampoo to griping at each other over something as silly as where to eat, long-term trips aren’t immune to typical couples’ arguments.
Of course, small tiffs are inevitable. However, it’s important to remember why you and your partner are on this trip together! It might be the adventure of a lifetime, and you should treat it as such.
That’s why it’s a fun idea to keep planning dates for each other. Being on holiday isn’t a substitute for working at your relationship!
Research romantic restaurants, surprise your SO with an exciting excursion you know they’ll love, or wake them up with a coffee and catch the sunrise from one of your local beauty spots. When you’re in a brand new destination, the date opportunities will feel endless!
If, by any chance, you’re travelling to Bristol, UK, check out my blog: Five Unique Date Ideas In Bristol!
Here are my five top tips for travelling as a couple! Do you have any others to share?