Travelling as a couple, we’re constantly asked “how’d you do it?” and at first, we couldn’t understand why. But like any big life events such as meeting the parents, going on holiday together or moving in together, long-term travel together really is a big step.
Back to basics
So we were already in a committed relationship before we went travelling – we’d just got engaged, had lived together for over a year and were for sure in ‘the love bubble.’ Long-term travel certainly didn’t burst our little bubble, but it did something amazing. It stripped us back to basics and we got to know each other in a completely different way.
Travelling together pushes you to experience new cultures, adventures and opens your eyes to question how you’d like to live your life. For many relationships, it is inevitable for some to find that the experience leaves them wanting different things.
The reality is, there are no secrets when travelling together, you’re with each other pretty much 24/7 and most of the time you only have each other for company. You are exposed to every part of your other halves personality and at some point or another you will butt heads.
For us, it helped us learn more about each other, helped mould us together and taught us how to really help each other. With each new experiences, we explored options and grew together.
Minimalistic living, realising what’s important
So we once had the flash sports car, designer clothes and all the gadgets and without realising it, these objects defined our lifestyle. However whist travelling we found that our backpacks got lighter and lighter along the way and sooner rather than later, we become minimalists.
With fewer things to worry about we have more time to focus on and appreciate each other. We have the freedom to just get up and go without any additional stress or concerns.
Learn to rely on each other
There’s no denying that amongst the many highs there are always going to be some lows along the way. Whether it be losing money, your luggage, family issues there will always be something that you need to learn to work through together. We soon learnt that we had to rely on each other and work together to resolve these issues and pick each other up.
Enjoy the moment
Back home most of our friends are at the stage where they are looking to buy houses, to marry and have babies. It’s not that we don’t want to do all those things, because we do. We just find that you don’t often get the time with your partner to simply just, enjoy the moment. One of our favourite things about travelling, is that the only thing you need to concern yourself with is, what are we doing today? It’s amazing to have some time out to be content with ourselves and with each other.
UNDOUBTEDLY the most important point by far… you have fun together, make memories that you will be able to look back on forever. Who better to share the most amazing experiences with than with the one you love… you can make every night, date night and keep the spark alive!
Thinking of travelling with your other half? If the answers yes, we recommend that you read our 5 destinations perfect for couple travel for the best places for couples to travel together. We’d love to hear your thoughts on couple travel and hear some inspiring tales – so please Say Hello! or contact us below.