Partner bonding needs no age or education. It can happen instinctively and stirs the mind, soul and everything between. Like any relationship, it may go through a rough patch. But travel is that one thing that takes the bonding dimension to a new level.
Couple vacation is the best thing to happen for the happiness, interaction time and blissful moments it gets. But, it can be challenging at times. Mood and timing can be a roadblock when making your partner agree with you on the road to take or the destination to visit. Let us know the reasons that pose a challenge to travelling with your partner.
#1 Travel Stress:
While travelling is fun, it can get stressful for the partners at any time of the journey. There are a lot many things that can go wrong during the trip. Delayed flights, prolonged flight, long car rides to the hotel, packed cruise etc. Forgetting to pack important documents can add to the stress.
Vacationing with a partner is an opportunity to spend quality time with the partner. One may not come across it very often. So, instead of losing your cool on things gone wrong, put your concentration on the positivity of the trip. Feel happy and calm, and you will find little mistakes, no big deal. Enjoy the moment, and the cheer it brings to the two of you. The stress will wean away.
#2 Disagreement on the likes:
Imagine a couple-situation. The male likes to go on sea sailing. The female develops motion sickness on the very thought of venturing out in the water. Man gets disappointed, and the woman feels bad about seeing the displeasure of her better half. This is not a probable situation, but a reality most couples face.
Likes and dislikes in a couple may be conflicting. Adjusting to it is the beauty of any relationship. Set for the two of you, things that make both of you feel happy on a trip and the disagreements will not pinch. There is an art of agreement in disagreement. Practise it for long-term partnership and less divergence. Compromise is the key when you are on a trip. When you reach a destination, you may come across an activity common to your common like even if it is not a part of the trip. Go out of the way and do it! It will increase the bonding.
#3 High Expectations from Self:
At the start of a couple of relationships, it is easy to go above and beyond. One partner may do everything to win the other's confidence, even if it means driving for a long trip all by oneself. But, in actuality, you could burnout yourself quickly. Hence, Divide responsibilities between the two of you to give each other comfort. For example, the man can mount the car roof rack while the woman can help him load luggage on it.
Share the responsibilities of getting to the destination. It will also show the two of you how you can work together as a team. One person managing the travel from scratch to finish will be unfair & can impact the mental piece significantly.
#4 Running out of topics for conversation:
For a dating couple, there is a whole life to talk about things, share and exchange. A time may come when talks and opinions-seeking begin to fade away between the partners. A trip may just remain focused at boarding, lodging and sight-seeing with no playful closeness.
One must reinvent a few techniques to get the steam back. If you are on a road trip, create a playlist that suits your ears. It will help increase happy moments and may push you to test your vocal cords to the playing music. The songs you play for the trip can become a travel memory. So, don’t hold yourself back, go with the flow.
Shopping is another good thing to create a room for conversation between partners during travel. The thought-provoking questions try and get the couple on the same page and cut the momentary silence.
#5 Exceeding the Budget:
A trip to Iceland and Antarctica comes at a cost. Discussing the travel budget ahead of the trip becomes a task and a challenge. First decide whether the trip is going to be at a luxurious level, on a frugal budget or in-between. Splitting the travel cost is also a challenge for the couple. One person likes to shop for expensive things on a trip which may irk the other one.
Split a trip budget down to the last detail. Chalk out the mode of travel, type of accommodation, number of days and then allocate appropriate funds for each activity. If you are keen to have excess fun with your partner, then go ahead and exceed the budget. Celebrate life and moments. They still come at an affordable price. Let finances not be a constraint in bonding over a suitcase.
Travelling together for the first time or the tenth time presents an amazing experience for the partners to discover more about each other. Doing it may be a bit stressful in the beginning. But if the communication channels between the partners are open, then any challenge related to travel is easy to sail with. Putting faith and confidence into each other is all that's needed. The trip can mould itself into a loving memory.