Traveling as a couple: 14 reasons couples should travel together
If I can give one piece of advice to anyone who asks me about my relationship, it would be: do things together…especially TRAVEL! Traveling as a couple brings so much joy and it affects a relationship in a very positive way.
Traveling as a couple can help a couple to stay together, but most importantly, STAY HAPPY TOGETHER.
14 years ago I met my American husband in Brazil while he was living and working there. I was just back to 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, exploring Brazil together, we moved to the USA.
14 years and 40+ countries later traveling as a couple, we continue our journey with no plans to slow down.
Enjoy it and safe travels!
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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 love, trust 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:
- Dream about the next destination,
- Plan our trip,
- Agree and disagree on the itinerary,
- Talk about our experiences when we are back
- Start to dream about the next destination…
1- Have a common purpose
Couples who travel together, stay together because you are doing what you love. For me, traveling equates to exploration, learning, 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
2- Finding balance together
A secret for 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 the 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.
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 that 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. You can take a weekend off and just drive somewhere different once in a while. The important thing is, get out of your routine! Now!
4- Experience the new together
Build excitement by discovering a new place, meet new people, taste a new dish, try that local wine….
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.
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…. 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.
6- Build memories when traveling as a couple
What can better than build 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 you 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.
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 saw 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.
Pro Trip: 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.
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 or have an amazing moment, 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 constant learning from each other and also together as a couple
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 of 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.
11 - Build an expectation for the future
This is one of my favorites reasons why we should travel as a couple.
Remember how incredible 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 the anticipation of something that you can do together. Share a dream and realize the dream together.
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 hike 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 broke 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 the efforts. We all like to be appreciated, and what may seem small for you, can be a big challenge for the other. Come on, hiking the high altitudes of the Himalayas during winter is not that hard.
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 is a way for 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.
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 this 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 making the effort and interacting 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 awhile we have calls together with our friends we make from all over the world, we change messages, pictures and follow up on each other. Bond with these new friends helps us to bond with each other.
Final Thoughts about Traveling as a Couple
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, but 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 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.
If you feel inspired, visit the session RESOURCES below for some travel ideas, and why not, start to plan and book your next adventure, together!
If you feel inspired to plan a trip with your honey, check my complete TRAVELING PLAN for all you need to plan, book, and travel to your destinations in a safe and easy 10 steps. Also, start looking at some DESTINATIONS INSPIRATION
Some recommendations I have for you for an amazing and romantic couple’s trip are:
TRAVEL GUIDE BOOKS
I have selected some great travel guide books to help to inspire you and to start to plan your next adventure.
ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR TRAVEL TOGETHER
Another great resource you can use to help to plan your trip together is to start looking for local tours. I recommend checking the options and book with my trusted partner Get Your Guide.
They have great options, very reliable customer reviews, and they also can easily send the tickets to your smartphone, and they have thousands of tours to choose from.
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TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR YOUR TRIPS
Considering that anything can go wrong with any trip, we don’t want to risk the fun, right? Risks are of breaking down, loosing your luggage, or even worse, having an accident and get injured.
I recommend and also use reliable insurance through World Nomads. You can just do a quick quote below, and you will be surprised to find out how little it can cost, for the benefit you will get.
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