Being in love is one of the most magical feelings anyone can experience in a lifetime. For avid travelers, true magic can also be found in wandering the world and discovering new destinations. Imagine the combined effect, then, of travelling with someone you love. If you’re lucky enough to have met someone whose insatiable wanderlust rivals your own, you know that yours is not the typical relationship. Here are a few ways couples who travel together are nothing like your average couple.
There are few things as magical as seeing the world hand-in-hand with the person you love. (photo credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/VZSIm_cNAL8)
Growing closer is enormously accelerated.
Whether you’ve known each other for years and years or you and your beloved met while gallivanting around the globe independently, travel brings the two of you closer faster than just about anything else in the world. You spend nearly every moment of your days together, your emotions are constantly heightened, you depend on each other for support, and you begin to see yourselves as a team going up against all of the joys and challenges the world offers. You bond quicker than you ever imagined, your love deepens tremendously, and you feel like you’ve known this person for a hundred years.
You know all of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Spending a significant amount of time with any partner will teach you quite a bit about their strengths and weaknesses, but there’s nothing like travel for discovering how a person reacts to difficult situations. Travel is packed with delightful experiences, but with it comes its fair share of challenges, such as missing a flight, having your camera stolen, or suffering from food poisoning. Through these setbacks, both the best and worst parts of your partner will come to light. Maybe your love is an ace at negotiate with the right people, or you discover he or she knows just how to optimize hotel reservations made in the last minute when you need to shuffle around your itinerary. You grow stronger as a couple, you learn to appreciate new sides of your loved one, and you’ll be able to deal gracefully with any challenges you face going forward.
Plus, it’s hard to hold a grudge when you’re surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty. (photo credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/i3x7NdbVqOI)
You can identify each other’s moods right away.
Spending as much time together as you do traveling, and experiencing the wide range of emotions that travel evokes, you become unbelievably attuned to all of each other’s moods and emotions. When your significant other starts feeling hungry, tired, or restless, you recognize this immediately – sometimes even before he or she does! – and can adjust your itinerary accordingly. Your trips and relationships will run as smoothly as butter when you’re this in sync.
You’re great with finances.
If you aren’t cautious, travelling can be overwhelmingly expensive, but those who know how to track their costs and budget carefully can save tons of money on their trips. When you travel as a couple, you have no choice but to learn how to prioritise your spending, compromise when necessary, and synchronise your finances, skills that are crucial in a long-term relationship. You also develop a deep understanding of what your partner is willing to splurge and cut costs on, which helps you understand him or her even better as a person and adapt your own spending habits.
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia, one of the world’s best destinations for experiencing paradise on a budget. (photo credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/DsvY9NRykRg)
You talk about travel non-stop.
From the moment you wake up to when your head hits the pillow, whether you’re on the road or at home sweet home, you and your partner spend every minute discussing travel. Remember that time when you did that one thing? Wasn’t that guy you met in that country hilarious? Have you read that amazing post your favorite travel blogger posted today? When can you book your next flight overseas? When you’ve traveled together as a couple, travel becomes a topic of nearly every conversation. Your friends and family may beg you to stop talking about that time you spotted a sloth in a Panama rainforest or where you’re hoping to bungee jump next, but embrace it! Few things bring a couple together better than shared passions.
Your couple photos are seriously worthy of envy.
It’s always fun to get cute photos with your significant other and share them on social media or frame them for your walls, but couples who travel together have the most amazing photos of them all. Yes, a pleasant engagement photo in your Sunday best is nice, but wouldn’t you rather have a capture of the two of you with disheveled hair, catching your breaths, right after you’ve made it to the top of an arduous hike? Or maybe a group shot with a host family you’ll never forget? The only downside: having to narrow it down to just one profile picture at a time!
I dare your friends not to drool when they check out your photos from around the globe. (Photo credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/e4DMt7oaZxg)
Special occasions are even more special.
It’s always a blast celebrating occasions like your birthday, major holidays, or your anniversary with a loved one, but imagine how much more exciting these events are when you’re honoring them in an exotic destination. Should you reach the marriage stage, perhaps a destination wedding is in order – or long-term travelers may relish in returning home for the event and reuniting with the friends and family you’ve been away from. Then there’s the honeymoon, which is a bit of a double-edged sword: on the one hand, traveling for it may be a bit anticlimactic since you’ve spent so much time wandering together, but, on the other, you already know how to travel together, you know exactly which destination to pick, and you’re under a lot less pressure for every moment to be perfect.
You always know just which gifts to buy him or her.
Picking out the perfect present for the object of your affection can be a major challenge for anyone, but couples who travel together have constant inspiration for choosing the ideal gift. Are there any handy travel products, like packing organisers or camera gear, that you know would enhance each day of your trips? Was there a particularly destination your partner fell head over heels in love with where you can discreetly pick up a unique souvenir? Even better, travellers value experiences above anything tangible, so surprise them with a plane ticket, splurge on a luxury hotel for your next destination, or treat your darling to a meal at a famed local restaurant.
Some of the best gifts can be found in the least expected places. (photo credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/eBE3pEIZjbc)
You have a million shared memories and inside jokes.
Sure, any couple who has spent years together will be able to reflect together on the multitude of things that they’ve shared, but there’s something extraordinary about those memories taking place all across the world. Knowing your partner can relate to so many of your all-time favorite memories makes you love each other that much more.
They say that the couple that travels together stays together, and it’s no wonder why. Seeing the world with the person you love strengthens your relationship like nothing else and results in some of the best memories you’ll ever experience, so go out and spread the love!
Kirstie Jeffries is a travel blogger and digital marketer from Pasadena, California who has seen 72 countries and counting. She lived and worked in Madrid and Sevilla, Spain and Sydney, Australia before embarking on a round-the-world adventure, which she blogs about at Venga, Vale, Vamos. Kirstie currently works as an independent digital marketing specialist.