Travel Tips For Two

Just because you get along at home doesn’t mean a vacation together will automatically be fight-free. If your relationship is ready for that next big step -- your first trip as a twosome -- there are a few things to keep in mind before you book.

Happy couple on beach vacation

Talk about what you want from the trip

Even if you think you know your partner well and what they would want from a vacation, avoid assumptions. He might not be the adventurous type when it comes to travel, or he might be more into a cross-country road trip than a villa in Tuscany. Talk about what each of your ideal scenarios are when it comes to your vacation and then find a way to come up with a plan that works for both of you.

Do your research

Before you book something (flights, hotels, activities), do your research so you know what to expect. Read reviews, talk to friends who have been there and aim to choose the best option for what you’re both looking for.

Make a note: Do the planning and research as a couple. Don’t take on the task solo or let him do all the legwork. The more you plan together, the more fun the trip will be.

Be willing to compromise

There will be times when he wants to do something you’re not keen on. Maybe there’s an excursion he’s really excited about or a day trip he wants to go on. Unless it’s something you’re dead-set against (sky diving, bungee jumping), make an effort to do some of the things he wants to do. Then he can accompany you when there are things you want to do that aren’t his first choice.

Make a note: Make compromise easier by agreeing to alternate being the decision-maker each day. Or split the day in half -- you get to plan the mornings and he gets the afternoons.

Don’t expect perfection

It may rain the entire time you’re away, or you might not fall in love with your Tuscan villa. These things happen and the key is to make the best of any situation or your trip will be ruined. It’s not the rain or the fact that the villa doesn’t look like the photos that will put a damper on your vacation -- it’s a negative attitude. The more positive you are and the more laid-back you can be, the better the trip will go.

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Comments on "How to survive your first vacation as a couple"

Two of Us June 28, 2012 | 12:42 PM

Vacations can make or break a relationship. The bonding experience you will share on vacation will be different than home since you are the only two that know each other and there's no escape until the vacation is over.

Emma June 26, 2012 | 4:21 PM

I think it is important to plan the trip together so you both are aware of what is going to happen and be on the same page. It will also increase the anticipation for both of you! I think taking a trip together is a great way to get to know the other person on a whole new level and see if that is something that can continue to be a source of fun and relaxation together.

Tiffany June 26, 2012 | 3:31 PM

Great advice on surviving your first vacation! My now husband and I took a short road trip up north for our first trip. It was a great bonding experience! We're both super relaxed and stress-free on trips, so we never fight. Vacationing for us is a way to escape everything and just enjoy eachother.

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