Going on holiday or longer-term travel with a partner or spouse can be an incredibly fulfilling experience. There’s nothing like having each other’s support and the chance to share memories when you return home.
Many couples find it important to spend time apart during their holiday. It’s an unusual couple that get enjoyment out of all the same things and you should bear in mind that this is your time and you should spend it doing things you love, not walking around a steam engine museum, if that’s not your thing. If you broach the idea of spending time apart before you leave, then you’ll both know what to expect and nobody should get upset. Even if it’s just for an afternoon, you’ll be glad you decided to go it alone for a bit.
Money is often a sore point in any relationship and it can be harder to keep track of finances on holiday. To avoid arguments over finances while you travel, sit down in advance and work out a budget between the two of you. Decide how much you want to spend on the trip overall and then work out a rough budget for the different elements of your trip, such as sightseeing, eating out and accommodation. You can actually save a lot of money when you travel as a couple, compared to travelling solo, so make the most of this and look out for great room rates and 2-4-1 offers that’ll help you stick to your budget.
Another great tip is to adopt the mindset that if anything goes wrong (and it probably will), it will one day be a great story to tell the grandkids. Try not to get too stressed out in difficult situations. As long as you are safe from physical danger and have the money to get yourself out of problems, then everything else will fall into place. Losing the flight tickets or missing a train can feel like insurmountable issues when they first happen, but try to relax and see things in perspective. Your partner will thank you for it.
And following on from that, try not to assign blame when things don’t go the way they are supposed to. Usually, an event such as losing the camera or booking a horrible hotel is not the end of the world. When you’re upset, it’s easy to lash out at someone else, but it’s important not to do this. Take knock backs as a team and you’ll have a much better time without any resentment building up. Focus on the next steps to take and resolving the issue rather than how the problem happened in the first place
Be kind to each other and you will enjoy your travels so much more, after all who want to spend their holiday bickering over trivialities.