14 Reasons Traveling as a Couple is the Best Thing for the Relationship

Traveling as a couple can help a couple to stay together, but most importantly, STAY HAPPY TOGETHER. You are about to find out from these 14 reasons couples should travel together, and how traveling as a couple helps to bring us together in a better and healthier way.

I have been practicing the best couple therapy out there for 16 years now: Couple’s Travel Therapy! 15 years ago I met my American husband in Brazil while he was living and working there. I was just back in Brazil from living in England and was finishing my MBA.

It was a very good sign for both of us. He took the challenge to work abroad and I was just back from studying abroad and ready for the next adventure anywhere in the world. After a year, of exploring Brazil together, we moved to the USA.

16 years and 40+ countries later traveling as a couple, we continue our journey to visit the Top Dream Destinations in the world, with no plans to slow down. So without any further ado, let’s dive into the joy and lessons learned about traveling as a couple

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The Truth Behind Traveling as a Couple

If I said my marriage is perfect, I’d be lying. Of course, we have our ups and downs just like any couple, but I consider that we have many more ups. And I attribute it to doing things together that we both enjoy and our passion for traveling as a couple and Pin the Planet together.

Because of this shared passion, we built a solid and happy relationship, based on lovetrust, and excitement to discover the next adventure. We love to explore the world together, meet people and make new friends, and build memories in this journey called “life”.

The excitement renews, as the cycle continues:

  1. Dream about the next destination,
  2. Plan our trip,
  3. Agree and disagree on the itinerary,
  4. Talk about our experiences when we are back
  5. Start to dream about the next destination…

14 Reasons you should be Traveling as a Couple

1. Have a common purpose

Couples who travel together, stay together because they are doing what you love. For me, traveling equates to exploration, learning, and discovering new cultures, places, and ideas.

Even traveling to a place close to home for a weekend getaway is a break from the routine and a reminder that life is more than what we see on a daily basis.

Couples should travel together, as any new adventure renews the relationship. It is so refreshing to go somewhere new, and at the same time have the anchor of your spouse/best friend by your side.

PRO TIP: Dreaming together about discovering and exploring your next destination and planning endless adventures with your partner helps to fire up the relationship. Get inspired with some of the top vacation destinations for couples. Check these 150+ quotes for couples who travel together to add to your next social media post 😉

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2. Finding balance together

A secret to happiness and success in any area of our lives is to find balance. Traveling as a couple is a perfect way to practice balance, as you will have to learn and adapt to the weaknesses and strengths of your partner and vice versa.

If you don’t like to bungee jump, you can take pictures of your partner in action – but the important thing is to respect each other’s style and individual preferences, and find a way to participate in the experiences together.

PRO TIP: We find different ways to balance that make our trips even better. When we order food at a restaurant, we try each other’s food and drinks. We take turns driving or taking pictures. We make plans on the go and adapt to the unexpected together. Check out a self-drive safari adventure in Botswana.


3. Traveling as a couple helps to get out of the routine

I believe everyone would agree that the best way to kill any relationship, is to have a routine, without anything to look forward to. Imagine a relationship where you work and pay bills while you save for your retirement. Does it sound familiar?

PRO TIP: Get out of the routine now! Book a trip and get excited about it. It doesn’t have to be any crazy exotic place or take a plane across the world – what about a romantic Staycation like the one we did here in Florida? Or rent a romantic cabin in Vermont? Or you can simply take a weekend off and just drive somewhere different once in a while. The important thing is, to get out of your routine! Now!


4. Experience the new together

Build excitement by discovering a new place, meeting new people, tasting a new dish, trying that local wine….Or maybe renting a castle or a villa in Tuscany for a romantic retreat!? Or rent an RV and go on a road trip, it is one of the best ways to share everything for a few days.

There are countless opportunities to experience the new together. I love trying new things, having new experiences, and making the most of life…, especially with my husband. TRAVELING AS A COUPLE!

PRO TIP: After you book a trip, you have plans to make together. On the trip, you will have so many experiences to share and memories to build. Live in the moment, treasure the present and all of the new discoveries. We frequently talk about our past trips and relive the memories and experiences, and talk about possible future destinations.

Traveling as a couple

5. Practice detachment when you travel as a couple

It is so easy to get caught up in material things, and to develop the habit of “having things”.

If both are in sync and decide to save money for traveling, it is another positive thing for the relationship. There are additional benefits. Your house won’t be cluttered with things that you don’t need for example.

PRO TIP: When you are on the road and traveling together you’ll face all sorts of situations, such as not having A/C, the most comfortable bed, a Western bathroom, or a hot shower – such as his experience we had to live with a hill tribe in Vietnam…. Detachment is a great exercise to practice while you travel, and even better when you have a partner in crime and practice it together, as a couple.

Couples should travel together

6. Build memories when traveling as a couple

What can be better than building memories? Build memories with your best friend…together as a couple!

Memories are the only really valuable thing we can build in this life that we will hold forever. Making memories together is a sure way to stay in love. Capture some of those moments in pictures and relive the memories…it is almost as good as being there again.

PRO TIP: Plan that honeymoon you never took or book a trip for your anniversary. Or if you have kids, yes, go on a family vacation. Create memories for your family as well. Consider going to Anna Maria Island in Florida for example, is a great couple (or family) vacation.

Traveling as a couple in Namibia

7. Have a great communication

My husband and I ALWAYS have something to talk about!

How many times have you been in a restaurant, looked around, and seen a couple sitting at a table not talking? Instead, one or both are just playing with their phones?  Couples that travel together, always have something to talk about. Our last trip was an amazing Road Trip in Alaska on an RV – and months after our trip, we are still talking about it.

PRO TIP: We often find ourselves talking about past trips and experiences or future options for trips. When you are with family and friends, you will be the cool couple who will have something interesting to share, and hopefully, inspire your friends to go on an adventure too. Or, inspire your kids to explore the world.

couples trip

8. Become the best friends

What is your definition of a Best Friend? If it’s someone who stands by your side, no matter what and someone who accepts you just as you are, we would agree.

PRO TIP: You don’t always have to agree, for example when choosing the next Deam Destination to visit, but as long as you have someone to share the amazing moments, and also the hurdles of traveling (or life). It doesn’t matter the challenges you go through or the differences, you have each other and that is all you need.


9. Traveling as a couple helps to get to know each other

Most couples come from different backgrounds. In my case, we REALLY come from different backgrounds – Brazilian vs. American.

It is the beauty of our relationship. We add, accept, and appreciate, without trying to change each other. We are constantly learning from each other and also together as a couple – and I considered our trip to Namibia in Africa, one of the best opportunities we had to find out more about each other. My husband was a hero driving so many hours and still, cooking dinner while we camped in remote areas.

PRO TIP: Couples should travel together since we learn something new and see things differently. Each person has a unique experience and perspective – even though they are doing the same thing. The chance to exchange our perceptions amplifies and enriches the experience. Whether you are from different cultures or not, sharing your thoughts on your adventure makes it so much better.


10. Helps to control finances when traveling together

OK…another point that can be very critical and a sensitive topic in any relationship. MONEY! My husband and I share our expenses for our trips. It works great for us, but maybe it is not the case for every couple.

Whatever works for you, the important thing is to have financial control, and this is another great excuse why couples should travel together, as it is a great exercise to control the financials for a great purpose.

PRO TIP: Make a budget together, and travel within your budget. Not changing the car this year, because you have decided to travel instead? As long as both agree, you will be happy to feel that as a couple, adventure makes it so much better. Try to budget for a cheaper destination, such as Backpacking in South America or a Trip to Vietnam are great options.

Traveling together in New Zealand

11. Build an expectation for the future

This is one of my favorite reasons why we should travel as a couple. Remember how great the future was at the beginning of the relationship. It should continue to be like that. The future just keeps getting better.

For a relationship to last, it is important to have positive feelings about the future. Making plans together (no matter how small), keeps your life paths intersecting. Planning and discussing the future is one big way to make sure you have a future together.

PRO TIP: Build excitement and create anticipation of something that you can do together. Share a dream and realize the dream together. Check these 12 Tips to be in shape for your next vacation, and workout with your partner is also a great reason to do things together.

fit couple getting fit for the next vacation

12. Appreciate each other

You rely on each other. During moments of weakness, the other is strong. As I type this one, I am giggling behind my computer remembering things that I have made my husband do, such as hiking the Himalayas at a fast pace while I made him keep up with me just to record a video of me.

Or make him drive a safari in Africa for 12 hours with a pelvic bone broken after an accident, because I was so excited about photographing animals and I didn’t even realize we were driving for so long – OK…my husband is a rock star!

PRO TIP: Even on the little things, remember to appreciate your partner for their efforts. We all like to be appreciated, and what may seem small for you, can be a big challenge for the others. Come on, hiking the high altitudes of the Himalayas during winter is not that hard.

Traveling as a couple to Nepal

13. Continue to discover more things in common

It’s amazing how traveling together helps the couple find LOTS of things in common. You will be in different situations and you will learn so much more about each other. Not only will you learn about your partner, but you will also learn a lot about yourself.

Traveling has a tendency to do that to people. Couples should travel together because we broaden our viewpoints and grow in amazing ways. Traveling with your partner allows you to grow individually and together.

PRO TIP: Every year I include a different hike during our trip, and we train together for our vacation, besides bringing us together we also encourage each other to be healthy and fit. Check the Best Hikes in Italy or the Best Hikes in South America for inspiration.

couple trip to Tibet

14. Make new friends when you travel together

Last, but not least – Couples that travel together make new friends. And who doesn’t like to make new and great friends? Traveling has the power to bring amazing friends from all over the Planet, and from different cultures.

Instead of having only “his friends” and “her friends” we enjoy making and sharing the same friends together. My husband is introverted while I am not at all, and I just love watching him make the effort and interact with our new friends, and it helps me to see him with new and fresh eyes every time when we travel together.

PRO TIP: As important as making new friends, is to keep your friends. I am a natural communicator and I just love to be close to my friends. Once in a while, we have calls together with our friends we make from all over the world, we change messages, pictures and follow up on each other. Bonding with these new friends helps us to bond with each other.


Trip Ideas to Travel as a Couple


But before we jump into the 14 reasons you should be traveling as a couple, let me recommend these 10 amazing trip ideas for your Couple Trip Bucket list that I think you will love:

  1. Check the top 30 Dream Destinations with your love!
  2. One of the most romantic getaways with your love is to go On a trip to visit Tuscany, Italy
  3. If you and your partner in crime love the outdoors and nature, I recommend going on a Road trip to Alaska, USA
  4. Take your next trip to another level and go on an adventure Road Trip in Namibia, Africa
  5. If you love wildlife and outdoor adventures you can plan and go on a Safari in Botswana
  6. One of the best destinations on the planet for couples is to take a Road Trip to Iceland
  7. Looking to surprise your love? Go on an RV Road trip together
  8. A very romantic destination is to Spend Christmas in Austria
  9. If you are looking to get married or even renew your vows, the best place is Honeymoon Island in Florida
  10. An awesome romantic retreat that you may love is the paradise island of Anna Maria Island in Florida
Traveling as a couple is pure joy

Traveling as a Couple Conclusion

Traveling as a couple is fun! As you can see from this list of 14 reasons couples should travel together, it helps to bring us together as a couple. 

Stress will arise and challenges will present themselves. Still, if you are not having fun together, and building memories, you should reset your relationship and find reasons to have fun together. 

Life is tough at times, and I am just glad that my husband and I get to go through it together and we enjoy things in common, such as traveling as a couple. 

If you have any comments or experiences to share, I would love to hear from you, just leave me a comment below.

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33 thoughts on “14 Reasons Traveling as a Couple is the Best Thing for the Relationship”

  1. Super points Paula! Kelli and I circled the globe for 8 years so far. Being out of routines as we travel bonds us, helping us get closer as we go with the flow in non comfy conditions. Excellent post.

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  2. These are great reasons! I love traveling with my husband because it creates so many amazing memories for us. I also think it helps with communication and being able to get out of stressful situations.

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    • Hi Francesca, I agree 100% with you. Traveling together improves so much the relationship and communication skills. It seems that every trip we go, things in regular life becomes much easier to handle, because we have been through so much together that the every day stuff becomes easier to deal with.

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  3. Nossa realmente fantástico, mas do que um casal, parceiros de viagens, cumplices de sonhos, jornadas e acontecimentos únicos. As fotos são de tirar o folego e muito criativas por sinal. Difícil achar mais alguém no mundo que se conheçam tão intensamente e consigam viver juntos tantas aventuras. O baú de memórias deve estar repleto de experiências e felicidades … conhecer este mundão todo não tem preço. Mais que tudo PARCECEIROS DE VIDA. Parabéns o blog está maravilhoso e super informativo, mas não podia deixar passar tanta intensidade.

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    • Muito obrigada Patricia – isso mesmo, viajar, explorar o novo e nos aventurar juntos ajuda muito a fortalecer o relacionamento. Fico muito feliz que gostou do blog 😉

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  4. We have so many things in common, and so many differences. I think we share some key interests and passions that bind us together. Sharing a love for travel, animals, fitness, adventure and exploration strengthen our love for each other. Respecting our differences and savoring our mutual enjoyment of all this life has to offer is the juice that keeps us going!
    Te amo para sempre!

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  5. Such great post and great reasons! I loved each one of it. My husband did not like to get out of home before but I used to drag him and now he loves to travel too!

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    • I am so glad to hear that your husband loves traveling now, and that you guys are building amazing memories together. My husband and I have always loved to travel, even before we met. We combined our our desire to continue to explore the world together, and it works so great for us.

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  6. Some really great thoughts! And I completely agree with everything, especially those not so sexy things like learning to manage money together etc. I feel like my partner and I are always bonded on a new level after a trip 🙂

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    • Hi Casey, you are right – I always thought that money is a sensitive topic, as we all have our different backgrounds and different ways to make and spend it. But my husband and I, besides the differences, we do pretty well saving for our travels and sharing bills….and yes, the bond after each trip is so real, isn’t it!?

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    • I love it Agnes – the same here! My husband is the navigator most of the time too. All we need to do is to use our “super powers” to complement each other, and make the traveling an amazing experience 😉

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  7. I love this! Thank for sharing and being honest, I love your takeaways. I smiled and giggled as some rang true for us too. You’re so lucky to have a travel life partner!

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    • Thanks Shannon, it is just so fun to explore the world together and to share moments that will last a lifetime. We don’t always travel together – I would say I travel more than he does – but traveling with my husband has been always so amazing and fun!

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  8. I absolutely love this post. My husband and I travel together all of the time. I love how it gives us special memories and experiences that we can share in together. I wouldn’t trade my time with him for anything!

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    • I am so glad to see when couples are building memories together through travels Michelle. It is for sure one of the best things for a happy and healthy relationship, right?

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  9. I love your post, you made excellent points. Definitely spending time with my husband, while we are traveling, helps a lot in our relationship. He is my favorite travel companion.

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    • HI Cathia – it is awesome that you and your husband are great travel companions, it is so healthy for any relationship. Keep on traveling with the hubby 😉

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  10. I really appreciate this post! My significant other and I don’t get to travel together, really, and this is a nice list of things to think about of how to travel together/what to do together.

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    • Tabitha, what about if you go over this list with your significant other and give it a try for at least a short trip and see how it goes? It may end up being a magical experience 😉

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  11. Great post, I couldn´t agree more about everything you wrote. For me the best besides spending time together and making unforgettable memories is also the fact we sometimes face difficult and unpleasant moments while travelling and we have to solve those problems together. This certainly bonds us as well and I´m happy we´re able to do deal with the good & the bad. Fingers crossed we can all travel properly soon again 🙂

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    • That is so true Katja – we grow together and each trip we go together I just a few that we have more things in common and it brings us closer together. Thanks for your comment

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  12. This is such a great article! I definitely believe that couples who travel together stay together. I hope to one day meet someone who loves adventuring around the world as much as I do. 🙂

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    • Hi Taylor, I am sure you will find an adventure partner – it is so awesome to just share moments with someone who thinks like you.

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  13. My husband and I miss traveling together so much! What beautiful locations youv’e seen together. True travelers. Pinned as inspiration after COVID is over and we can all get back to traveling!

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  14. So true and so wonderfully you have explained. Though I’m more of a solo traveler. But I’m sure traveling with a like-minded partner also must be a real fun.

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    • Thank you so much – I am also a solo traveler, and when I can, I travel with my husband, and you are right, it is so great when we find a like-minded partner to travel with. It is not easy to find one, but when we do, it makes the trip even better to have someone else to share the new adventures.

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