Empowering and inspiring, solo travel is getting increasingly popular these days. However, traveling with your partner remains significant. Believe it or not, a week's getaway with your loved one is far more enriching and rewarding than a month's gift-giving, moving-watching, candle-lit dining and shopping. Still not convinced? Here are six reasons why I believe traveling with your partner is good for you in the long run.
1. You can handle frustration and stress together
Traveling gets you out of the comfort zone. You will have to face many new situations which may cause a lot of frustration and stress. From losing a camera to getting sick, missing a flight, being lost etc., frustration is bound to happen in one way or another. When you are with your partner, these frustration and stress will be cut in half. As a well-known saying goes, two heads are better than one. Whatever difficulties or problems that might get in the way during your travel, you two will be able to work out a solution and get through them together.
2. You will learn to compromise
Compromise plays a big part in a happy and healthy relationship and so does for an enjoyable and memorable trip. But don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that you should give up your own needs and even important parts of yourself for the sake of the relationship which is unhealthy and won't last long, but rather compromise in a healthy and positive way, which means both of you sacrifice something unimportant to get something you both enjoy. Positive compromise takes a lot of practice and traveling with your special one is an awesome way to do that practice. It begins the minute you start to plan a trip, from where and when to go to where to stay and what to eat, all of which takes a plenty of compromise. After making so many compromises, you will realize that it is part of a relationship and someday you will be grateful for all the compromise you will have made.
3. You will build an intimate relationship
You are together 24/7 when you on holiday with your partner. Whether you stay at the hotel room or go out for a stroll exploring the local market, streets, shops, etc., you'll spend more quality time with each other. And inevitably you'll have more conversations and ask deeper questions which are not available when you are at home or at work. You'll understand each other better through these talks and so create a closer bond. Even if you don't say a thing, just being with each other can mean more than a thousand words, which is exemplified in the song lyric "you say it best when you say nothing at all". In addition, a survey done by US Travel Association has shown that couples who travel together are normally happier and more likely to spark romance than non-traveling couples.
Sometimes just taking a boat ride together will make you feel ever closer. (photo provided by Alice Baker)
4. You will save money
Money really matters especially if you are a budget traveler. When traveling with your partner, many experiences will be a lot cheaper than traveling solo. Traveling with someone enables you to share the costs of your meal, transport, activities, and accommodations. You also save money by bargaining in some local markets or shops where you can get really good prices when you buy two things instead of just one.
5. You will discover their true passion and hidden talent
You might get bored of doing the same thing and meeting the same people at workplace or at home day in and day out. At usual times, you don't have the mood to look at your partner carefully and so don't know much about their passion, what they like, or what they are good at. When you are on a trip with them, everything is new and exciting. And if you follow them closely, you'll be able to learn what catches their eyes, what captures their heart and gradually you'll know what they’re truly passionate about. You may find that your partner have a remarkable gift for French. You might discover that they have an awesome sense of direction or you may uncover that they are really keen on helping people, etc.
Maybe you'll find that your partner can make really good Chinese dumplings.
6. You will create lifelong memories together
I always remember this talk between Forrest and Jenny in the movie Forrest Gump:
Forrest: Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out... and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water... like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn't tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It's so beautiful.
Jenny : I wish I could've been there with you.
It would have been more complete if Jenny could have been with Forrest to share those amazing moments at the time. But of course it's too good to be true.
Traveling together is making unforgettable memories together. Many many years from now, both you and your partner would be old and grey. You would probably be reminiscing about all the wonderful experiences you shared around the world. Remember the time we saw the northern lights in Iceland? The moment we came eye to eye with adorable giant pandas in Chengdu? Got lost in the streets of Bangkok? Or that night we spent under the stars in the Sahara Desert? Exploring an exotic place brings about many fantastic experiences and these experiences are better and more memorable when shared with the one you hold dear.
Watching stunning aurora with your partner can be an experience you'll always cherish.
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