Traveling with your spouse can be an exciting and romantic time. It can also be awful and full of fights if you are not careful! Don’t worry, I’ve got your back; just think of me as your travel “wing woman”. I’m here to help you navigate the ups and downs of everyday situations while traveling together. Experiencing new places with your sweetie by your side can (and should) be a magical experience. As your travel wing woman, I have some couples travel tips—or #wingtips—that will hopefully help you avoid any tension or trouble before it has a chance to pop up.
Tip #1: Pack smart
If you are packing together, which makes a lot of sense on long trips or overseas travel when you don’t want to lug around tons of heavy suitcases, share the space equally. Women are notorious over-packers but when traveling as a couple, try to make sure that you are being fair about the packing space. This will help more than it will hurt, I promise. You can avoid packing two of anything shared, you will both have an idea of what belongs (great if something is misplaced or missing), and the added bonus is a kind of open intimacy that comes with sharing such a compact space. Guys need room for their stuff too ladies so leave behind the third pair of heels and give him an equal amount of space!
Tip #2: Deal with money before you leave
I know that talking about money can be difficult for a couple, but before you leave on a trip you need to discuss a budget. If you’ve planned ahead, your hotel and flights have probably already been considered. You will need to talk about how much you want to spend on food, drinks, souvenirs, and activities. Write it down and work out the details together. Make sure to listen to each other’s reasoning and that you are both comfortable with the final amounts. Leave room to adjust the budget, if necessary, once you arrive at your location. There will always be unknown variables and being prepared can help avoid a fight. Stressing about money on a trip is just like being stressed about money at home—it will eat at you, so be prepared ahead of time to deal with any spending issues.
Tip #3: Realize that it won’t be perfect
I wouldn’t be a good wing woman if I didn’t tell you that although there will be plenty of sunshine and butterflies, there will also be rain and socks that smell like death. Be prepared and accepting of the pitfalls of any couples trip. You will be cooped up, likely for long periods of time, so be aware that travel does not make everything all shiny and new. There may be days when you want to scream and shout and that’s okay. Try being excited about spending so much quality time together instead of only focusing on the places you’ll be visiting and activities you’ll be doing. The main thing is that you get to do them with someone you love! If you both end up falling in a puddle outside of a fancy restaurant in Paris, at least you did it together right?
Tip #4: Shake it off
Someone is going to leave their passport in the cup holder of their bus seat, or drop the map down a storm drain. There is a good chance one of you will hugely overspend on some trinket from a street vendor or get suckered into a donation that turns out to be for some college kids beer fund; mistakes will be made. The important thing to remember is that nobody is perfect and you’re supposed to be on a fun and exciting trip that you can experience as a couple. Don’t let something that has already happened ruin your day or your entire trip. Turn the tables around and make the situation into a new and fun adventure. In the end, it will all work out and you will be glad you didn’t lose your head over something small…or large.
Do you have any couples travel tips to add? How do you make the most of your trips together as a couple?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.