Deciding whether to take the leap and go travelling with your partner or not is a big decision. Perhaps you’ve always planned to go travelling but are worried about how you’ll feel about each other after spending 24 hours a day together EVERY DAY. Maybe you haven’t been with your partner for very long and are not sure whether you’re ready to take the plunge. Or, perhaps you really want to go travelling but you’re partner isn’t too keen on the idea. What to do…?
Travelling is an amazing experience and you are guaranteed to have the time of your life. But, it can also be very stressful at times. If you go away with your other half you need to make sure that you can work well together as a team. You might need to look after each other if you get sick. You might run out of money and need to find a job.
Don’t expect to snuggle up next to your loved one every night. You’ll probably be sleeping in a bunk bed or on a train – cosy. Travelling has a very communal aspect to it and a lack of privacy is something which you will have to get used to.
However, while there are always downsides to travel, having someone who you know will always be looking out for you can be a great comfort. Things are bound to go wrong at some point during your trip, and when it happens you’ll be glad your boyfriend/girlfriend was there to help!
That’s not to say that you can’t do it on your own. Perhaps your partner has work or family commitments and can’t go with you. Maybe they have simply never felt the urge to travel. Going away without your partner can feel even more daunting than the prospect of them coming with you. There are many solo travellers out there who get by just fine. Or, you could take a friend along with you.
You may be worried about the strain the long-distance may have on your relationship but if your partner knows how much the experience means to you then they should support you in your adventure. It’s important to make them feel included right from the beginning. Get them to help you with the planning process and deciding the itinerary. While you’re away make sure you keep them updated with emails and postcards. While the thought of being away from your other half might seem scary, you’re sure to have an amazing time and will have loads of stories to tell your partner when you get back.
Whether you should go travelling with your other half really depends on the sort of relationship you have and the aspirations you have in life. If you both have your heart set on travel, then go for it! It’ll no doubt be an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. If your partner isn’t too sure about the whole thing, why not start off with a couple of holidays or city breaks before embarking on a more long-term trip? Good luck!