Vacations with your partner can strengthen—or destroy—your relationship. It isn’t always easy spending time together 24/7, even if you are on vacation. You may have different priorities and different interests, and you just might want some alone time.
So how can you plan a trip with your significant other that will end in fond memories, rather than irritation? Here are some tips.
Identify The Tourist Spots You’d Like to See… Before You Go!
Travel has gotten much cheaper and more accessible over the years. While that’s great news for travelers and local economies, it can cause problems like crowding, environmental damage, and other issues. Planning ahead will ensure that you have the time to see your top spots without rushing.
You and your partner might have different opinions on which big tourist sites are on your “must-see” list. Prevent disagreements by planning out a mini-itinerary and scoping out the best times to visit each site.
Communicate About the Trip Before You Leave!
If you’ve never traveled with your SO before, communication is key. You’ll need to communicate both before you leave and on your trip. Don’t make assumptions about what your partner wants, and be sure to communicate your vision for the trip. Walk through a day together and make sure you’re on the same page.
You’re likely going to have to compromise on some things. Together, you’ll need to figure out what kinds of accommodations you feel comfortable with, the pace of your travels, and which activities you’ll enjoy together and apart. You don’t have to spend the entire trip together, but getting clear on your expectations before you book your trip will prevent a lot of headaches and frustration along the way.
Use Vacation as a Time Away… From Home & Social Media!
During your vacation, you should take the time to rest, relax, spend time with your SO, and enjoy the sights and experiences your destination has to offer. Don’t spend your whole trip just uploading pictures to social media and scrolling your feeds.
Taking some time to unplug will not only allow you to enjoy your vacation more fully, but it will also allow you to spend time with your partner without distractions. You’ll also give your brain a break from the impact of social media on your mental health. If you and your SO never put your phones down, you won’t be able to enjoy your trip to the fullest.
If You Have Kids, Take a Romantic Trip For Just The Two of You
Parenting is exhausting and can take its toll. You get so used to putting your kids first that it’s easy to forget that you need a break occasionally. Yes, family vacations are important. You should absolutely travel regularly with your kids and allow them to explore new cultures and experiences. But you also need to remember that the relationship between you and your partner is important, too. It needs a little extra nurturing from time to time—away from the kids.
Every once in awhile, it’s a good idea to plan a romantic trip for two. Even if you can only get away for a long weekend, make it a priority to carve out some time for you and your SO. These kinds of getaways will take you out of the day-to-day and give you time to just enjoy each other’s company. Choose a destination that you’re both excited about, arrange for childcare, and enjoy some time for yourselves!
Likewise, Also Know the Importance of Alone Time
Yes, you’re going on vacation to spend time together. But remember, constantly being together can take its toll, especially if you or your SO is an introvert. Give each other some space during your trip and realize that you don’t have to be together at every moment to enjoy some togetherness.
Whether you decide to pick a couple of days for separate activities or simply read quietly with headphones on at opposite sides of the room, respect each other’s need for space. Enjoy your vacation more fully by taking some alone time so you can recharge. That way, you’ll enjoy your togetherness even more!
Be patient with one another. Vacations are supposed to be fun, not stressful. If you plan ahead, communicate, and respect each other’s needs, you’ll be well on your way to a dream getaway with your partner!