How to survive your first vacation as a couple
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.
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.
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.
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.