Guest post by Melis on travelling as a couple.
For most of this year, I lived in Singapore and was lucky enough to travel to 10 different countries over an 8-month period with my other half. I thought I would share what I learned from travelling in the sole company of one other person for 24 hours a day, in very different cultures when you are both tired from day-to-day life.
Although it was the most special experience of our lives there were times when we found it stressful! Now we have come home together feeling enriched, happier than ever and already planning our next adventure.
Here are my top tips for travelling as a couple to ensure you have an amazing trip!
Don’t plan too much. In May we visited 5 countries in South East Asia and stayed in 10 different hotels… squeezed into 4 weeks! We were absolutely shattered by the time we got to Seminyak in Bali and just let ourselves chill out, eat, drink and go with the flow.
This ended up being our favourite part of our travels despite having just seen bucket list wonders such as the Angkor temples and Halong Bay. The moral of the story is, DO NOT plan too many destinations in one short trip! (Especially if you are over 30 and a bit knackered like us…)
Compromise. I love finding the most beautiful places to take photos and want to make sure I have seen every inch of a place before we leave, or I get huge FOMO. My other half is more chilled and wants to go with the flow.
The best thing to do is talk through what you both want to get out of the trip before you go, then make sure there are parts of the holiday planned for both of you. You might end up discovering you enjoy something you had never even tried before.
Play to your individual strengths. I am a control freak when it comes to planning travel and I like to know every detail down to whether we get a welcome drink at each hotel. My other half is happy for me to plan things if he can be in charge of directions as I can’t even find my way around my hometown!
I find it works well to share responsibility and both do your bit to make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible and the more boring, administrative parts of travelling are shared.
Pick your destinations carefully. It’s important to really want to visit the place you have booked, not just because it looks great on Instagram. Some places just won’t suit your travelling style and you should take this into account for both of you before even thinking of booking somewhere.
We are still learning what kind of travels we both like, but after our most recent trip, we know that a beach town is probably our favourite! We were underwhelmed by Ubud despite it being so photogenic and adored Kuala Lumpur which we didn’t know too much about.
Do your research, set time around busy schedules to talk it through and make sure you pick the best place for both of you.
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