It is a dream of almost everyone to get lost to a beautiful place with their soul mate. However when it seems to happen people get nervous because either they are going with their partner for the first time or their earlier experience did not go as planned.
The situation gets tricky for the Indian couples who recently tied their knots through an arranged marriage and do not know each other well.
No matter how beautiful this thought of traveling together is but the reality is you and your partner have to be on the same page to avoid any misunderstanding. This blog will help you to keep things smooth & idyllic between you and your partner while traveling that you can cherish your experience for a lifetime.
1. KNOW EACH OTHER’S TRAVELING PURPOSE
Are you dreaming about trekking in beautiful mountains and your partner’s idea of a holiday is relaxing in a luxurious resort?
Result = Disaster
It is very important for couples to discuss their traveling purpose and try to plan their vacation according to it. It will be great if you could just talk and find a midway to match the wavelength of your ideas.
You might go to a place which offers peace as well as some outdoor activities. The thing which is crucial is how couples understand this thing while choosing the travel destination which satisfies both otherwise you will end up being irritated if things will not go as you imagined.
2. ADJUST & COMPROMISE
Well! This is the key to a successful relationship – Adjust & Compromise. Traveling is going to reveal many hidden sides of your partner, so be prepared for that. You can be surprised by experiencing a caring side of your partner or you will be shocked to see him/her getting angry over the unfavorable situations.You have to be open-minded enough to handle such personality Revelations.
If she loves to watch the sunrise at the beach and he is a night person, on the tour of 5 days, he can adjust one day to wake up early and watch that beautiful sunrise with her. Similarly, if he is not a strict follower of your travel itinerary it is okay and she can chill and not make a scene out of it.
Tip: You can never regret waking up early and enjoying the mesmerizing sunrise with your lover on your side.
3. SET BUDGET TOGETHER
Yes! It is a sensitive topic, new couples often feel shy and avoid this topic of setting a budget for their travel. Therefore it leads to arguments like where to stay, where to eat and to travel for how many days. It will be easier for couples to get the answer to such questions while discussing the budget. It will solve 75% of your problems and misunderstandings.
You can decide whether 5 stars Hotels are in your budget or in the last days of your tour you can afford to eat in fancy restaurants or not. It will definitely make you guys closer than ever as you can freely talk to each other about any topic.
4. TRUST EACH OTHER’S CALIBER
Every person has their own area of expertise and couples need to trust each other’s caliber while traveling. For example, if your partner is efficient in making bookings for flights & hotels, you should trust him. Likewise if one of the partner’s driving skills is excellent, the other partner should have faith in his skills and let him drive.
It will definitely improve the understanding between both the partners and will simplify your future travel plans as now both of the partners know their area of expertise and how to handle the situation.
I (Manali) am good at organizing and planning, so I do my research and try to find the best hotel & flight deals for us. Naman has commendable communication & negotiating skills. He is good at catching up a new language and sometimes I have seen him just using sign language and getting our work done.
5.DON’T FORGET TO BE ROMANTIC
If you are traveling with your partner Do not miss any chance to steal the little moments to make your lover feel special.
- It could be anything from taking her to a fancy restaurant with live music or walking with him hand in hand at the beach enjoying the sunset.
- You can surprise your partner by couple spa reservations or simply by a romantic dance at your favorite track in a club.
Well, the principal idea behind traveling with your partner is to spend some quality time with each other, experience new things together, and cherishing those special moments.
Important tip – Don’t expect too much as you saw in a romantic movie. Enjoy each other’s company, just go with the flow and do not get cranky when things are not in favor of you just talk and be understanding. Expect less and discover more.
6. DO SOME ACTIVITIES TOGETHER
Couples come closer while doing some activities together. It can be relaxing activities like Couple massage, Yoga, meditation or it can be adventurous games like scuba diving and parasailing.
You will double the fun of your travel journey if you do such activities together. It will definitely help you to know your partner’s strengths & weaknesses and your connection will be stronger than ever. You will end up sharing your childhood memories and some embarrassing stories to each other.
- Bungee jumping
- Sky diving
- Scuba diving
- Walking in nature
- Watching the stars
- Enjoy sunbath on a beach
7. PLAN YOUR TRIP THOROUGHLY
Naman and I make our travel plan meticulously which helps us to use our time in the most efficient manner. It will be convenient & a time-saving process if you plan things in advance.
- First, we make a list of the spots we want to explore in that particular place.
- We decide on our budget.
- Do the reservations and plan day-wise like where to visit and when.
It avoids last moment disagreements. Try to plan thoroughly to travel smoothly like on Day 1 you can do sightseeing, Day 2 is for the major attractions and Day 3 is free to spend in the resort or just explore a nearby place.
Tip – You can hire a good travel agent to plan your trip without worrying and if you want to explore on your own, a little research and pre-bookings are the keys.
8. BE OPEN TO MEET NEW PEOPLE/COUPLES
You must be wondering that why meeting with other people has to do with traveling couples but you will be surprised to know that meeting new people will have a positive impact on your relationship while traveling.
It will help you learn many things from strangers like their life stories & struggles. Even you both feel tight & close while sharing your love stories.
It is really good to know other people’s stories about their country, culture, and traditions. Furthermore, you might end up making a few good friends from your trip.
Tip – Beware of frauds and avoid drinks party with strangers.
9. DO WHAT YOU LOVE
I was dreaming about The Bali Swing for a long time and it was on my to-do list and then we decided to travel to Bali, Indonesia. I knew Naman has acrophobia so it would be difficult to convince him for trying the swing. When I told him that I am planning to try the Bali Swing, He was so encouraging and said “I am not ready for this today but you should definitely go for it.”
I could not thank my partner to be so supportive because I know if I had not experienced it I would have regretted this my whole life.
Be bold to try out new things that you always dreamed about even if your partner cannot participate in it with you. It might happen that by seeing you he/she will say yes to that thing and if not, your partner will be happy to see you doing those activities and be proud of you.
Tip – Never stop your partner from doing his/her favorite things too
10. IT IS OKAY TO SPEND SOME TIME ALONE
Couples often make this wrong perspective that if they are traveling together they must spend each and every minute together. However, sometimes it seems quite uncomfortable if you are traveling for the first time or simply you or your partner are not used to spend so much time with each other.
There is no harm in spending some time alone while traveling with your lover. I would say if you are okay with it, Welcome to a mature relationship!
It will increase understanding between couples that if one person wants to wake up early to do some workout on the beach, it is okay if their better half is not joining them. Likewise, if you want to spend some time while cycling in nature and your partner wants to swim you both can have fun.
Bonus Tip: Set Photography Rules
It might sound silly to define photography rules between couples but it will save you from unwanted fights. It is very common among couples to fight on the topic of Photography because it might happen that your partner is crazy about taking selfies and often takes hundreds of photos in the same spot. On the other side, you get tired and get irritated by this action which might cause conflicts between the two.
The one who likes to click a lot of pictures –
- You should not take more than the required photographs and understand the feelings of your partner. Your partner’s idea is to live in the moment and it is not that bad, you can avoid clicking some unwanted photographs/selfies.
The one who does not like a photograph –
- You should understand why your partner wants to click photographs as he/she wants to capture the precious memories of your trip that can be relished after so many years.
Solution – It will be great if you both set some ground rules on photography. You guys can settle for a predetermined number of photographs to be taken in a particular spot. It will save a lot of time and avoid any sort of conflict.
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