Planning a trip is almost as fun as the actual travel. All the excitement, the brochures, the talking late into the night. Make sure that your journey has the same excitement from beginning to end, and that you come home still speaking to your travel companion!
Here are my top tips on enjoying your travels with your significant other:
Understand different travel styles
Different people like to travel in different ways, even if these people have been married for many years. One person may like a planned-ahead itinerary while the other may just like to wing it. Know these differences ahead of time so that you can plan with both of you in mind.
Make a list of what each of you would like to do or see while on your trip. Then look at the days and fill in the time with items from each of your lists. Leave open time for opportunities that come up that may be more fun or interesting than what you had planned for.
Budget for the Trip
Outline what the trip will cost (airfare, hotel, transportation, food, tips, events, and of course shopping!) and determine who will be paying what. This eliminates a lot of discussion at dinner tables on who will pick up the tab. Nothing can ruin a trip faster than money disagreements so plan in out ahead of time.
Be willing to compromise and be flexible during your trip. Do something your travel mate wants to do, then plan an event you want to do. Travel with an open mind to look for new adventures that you couldn’t imagine planning for.
Laugh and Enjoy Your Travels
It’s easy to get stressed with the unfamiliarity of your locale, language struggles and money issues. Focus on the enjoyment and fun of your trip, rather than let these disagreements put a dampen on it. Go into each day with the challenge to find new fun things to do. At the end of the day, talk about the enjoyment you had and you’ll have even more fun the next day.