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Sleep is the great healer, frequently making those insurmountable problems looking like little more than a nuisance in the morning. Likewise beware of blood sugar. After years together we have hopefully learned of the pitfalls of perfection in relationship. But the same can be said of travel perfection.

The glitches will come but a bit of levity can smooth the bumps and keep things enjoyable. For a bit of excitement, flexibility and challenge we suggest travel without reservations but with one important caveat; get to your city or town, especially when unfamiliar, several hours before dark. From parking in Palermo nada , triple parking in Syracusa and chaos in Sorrento we learned that options disappear quickly after dark.


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Without attention to stressors, the names of Tuscany, Amalfi and Etna can become little more than reminders of lost opportunities that got buried in petty bickering. The joys of local wines, friendly cultural encounters and new horizons are waiting to be found. Keeping this travel checklist handy can be an assurance that they will. And props to you for mentioning the physical thing. It took a few trips together for my boyfriend to realize that if I suddenly become bitchy, I probably need to eat.

You do not have to do everything together. We each have our inner geek and interests that may not be shared, so why force it on the other—one can go enjoy the button museum while the other delights in the big sheep sheering event—and it will make for livelier conversation over dinner that night. Changing things up and splurging for a nice meal or going for a romantic walk helps everyone break out of routine fatigue. I manage the website [duplicate link removed] and I wonder if you have any tips for families who are starting to plan long journeys with their children.

I traveled a lot as a young child as my parents were in the Foreign Service and we spent a lot of time overseas. I think traveling with children is wonderful and brings so much to both parents and child. Instead, you may want to take a look at The Future is Red for ideas — Leigh and her husband traveled around the world with their daughter and are now living in Salta, Argentina. Good luck and enjoy your trip! If you know what you expect to happen and voice it, it can greatly improve how things go.

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Thanks for adding this great advice. Being aware — and voicing — expectations can really help prevent misunderstandings and just improve overall communication. Happy trails to you and Linda! Shared this with my hubby. Love to hear about more fans of the site — thank you! Being with your partner on the road definitely has its challenges, but with a little humor, patience and perspective it can also be really wonderful. I think part of the reason is that I love taking photos and stopping to enjoy the ambience of places.

What would be your recommendations for traveling pairs where one person is a shutterbug and the other person is not? Another variation on this would be to go through streets or neighborhoods together without you taking lots of photos — think of it as a scouting walk. Then, you would return later on your own for the photos while she does something else. So glad you enjoyed this. You are so right that being in new circumstances and facing new challenges can either bring people together or tear them apart. And we do learn so much about ourselves and our partner when traveling together.

Lots of great advice in here for all couples! Completely agree that all of this applies to relationships whether on the road or at home — we tried to write it as such so that all couples could get something from it. Great advice on packing snacks in your day bag!

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Even if everyone has great communication skills, they tend to fly out the window when blood sugar levels plummet. Great tips and totally agree — thanks for sharing. And splurging on a nice hotel every now and then can do wonders!

Really necessary from time to time. I love all of these! Scott has definitely learned to acknowledge when I have low blood sugar and that I usually need to have a snack every couple of hours or I can become cranky. You seem like a great couple. I hope to run into you again soon! Only a few more hours…. It can be a small place! Timeless advice here, thank you.

Simply going for a walk alone helps break this up, in a healthy refreshing way. Great to see you at WDS and hope all goes well in Berlin.

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If you guys ever are in the Los Angeles area, you are welcome here at the beach with us ocean-minded peeps! It was great seeing you again at WDS! There is so much that couples can learn from you both. Last year I got stuck in Istanbul because I met someone and fell in love: Now, 6 months later, I miss traveling so much, so I booked a ticket to Asia.

I booked a ticket for my HIM as well: Truth is, he never traveled outside of his country. I hope he will love traveling as much as I do and we will be a long time on the road. Thank you guys for this wonderful article. Glad you enjoyed the article. Enjoy the time on the road with your partner. If he loves traveling as much as you do, great. If not, these things happen. Life and travel both constantly offer the opportunity to do this.

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We are traveling full time Im never sure what to call ourselves; full time travelers, nomads, never ending travelers??? Sharing the most amazing journey of your life with your loved one, your best friend, I think makes the journey even more special. So glad to hear that your journey together is going so well. I have seen this in action and I considered it the sign of a truly rock-solid relationship.

I wonder sometimes whether Audrey finds my sarcasm in her direction adorable. Great post, thank you! I agree that having a little time apart for each to get some space and explore personal interests can also be healthy for a relationship. Thank you for this great post. There are some really good tips. I am also on the road with my boyfriend travelling through South East Asia since 3 months and we really get on well. Here is my tip: As we are changing our destination every 2 weeks to compare countries in South East Asia, it is good to book a big apartment with more than one room to hang out from time to time.

It gives both of us more space to do what ever we feel like and it keeps the love fresh! Hi Carina, Great to hear that you and your boyfriend are doing so well three months into your journey, especially as it sounds like you are moving around quite a lot. Great suggestion regarding booking an apartment or a hotel room with more than one room to give you each some space — physically and mentally. Glad you enjoyed it. If you have any couples travel wisdom to share along the way, let us know! Thank you so much for this great post. My partner and I have been together for going on 6 years now, traveling and living a nomadic lifestyle for the last few of those years.

And to your definition of an introvert — wow! I am deriving energy. Thanks for your reply Daniel, I appreciate it. Might do some further reading into the MBTI. Wow, great advice guys. This post is absolutely great! And, if you survive, make it that much stronger. Thanks for coming over from the BBC article! Thanks for sharing some great tips, me and the wife plan on doing much more travel this year and next. We are more financially secure and want to explore more of the world. I am defiantly going to keep this list handy especially the one about mental space, that might come in very handy.

I tend to joke around a lot in our relationship so will make sure I keep that up to — I usually find that is a great stress reliever. Keeping up with your style of humor and continuing to joke about your relationship is a good thing — helps to lighten the mood when things are stressful or not going well. And, providing mental space is really important — especially, if one or both of you is an introvert and needs to recharge by being alone or having quiet time.

Have a great time during your travels next year! Seems like you two really have it down. I would only add to do something super couple-y every once in a while. But this are such great tips that I hope to implement as well. My husband and I have been together for a long time. We do a lot of travel at home and overseas, and the one thing that I appreciate is to be able to follow our individual interests. Meaning giving each other to go it alone for a while. Not too long, just enough to do a retreat or visit somewhere interesting.

The reunion is always worth it. Thanks for sharing, Roslyn. Interesting to hear this, as Audrey and I just returned from a trip where I did a meditation retreat in Malaysia and Audrey retreated to a beach in Cambodia. Then, we joined back up towards the end of the trip, allowing us to share an experience together and to relate our separate experiences from our retreats.

Haha great piece of writing. Its a love hate relationship. I have so many fights with my husband while travelling but at the same time travelling without him is not the same. I plan to write a similar blog about travelling as a couple and my experience on my blog. Your email address will not be published.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. One foot in each hemisphere, at the equator in Uganda. Keep checking in Before you begin any journey travel, life, business, etc. Create mental space When physical space is limited, learn to create mental space. Creating space — physically and mentally. Recognize strengths and weaknesses Maybe you are proficient in all things. Lost in the hills of Cappadocia.

Share the burden There will likely be tasks that neither of you wants to do. Ride the ups and downs Ideally, your individual ups and down will occur in opposite cycles so that when one person is feeling down, the other can compensate by taking on more responsibilities.

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Realize it's not all mental Are there times when your partner turns into a demon for no apparent reason? Cat Nap on a Boat in Honduras. Do something goofy Humor and laughter are great stress relievers. Enjoying the Camino de Santiago…together. Enter your email address Conspiracy Theories in the Valley of Longevity. Travel to Love or Travel to Learn? Comments This is a great list. Perhaps the list should have been 11 items… Understanding that not everything that your partner gets upset about is about you is a godsend. Awesome post, with great tips!

Communication, and riding those bumps is so very key. Those are all great for sure, but the determining factor in relationship success is how you survive the mundane routine and stress together. The fact of the matter is that if you both spend many hours or days together in concurrence, then you will learn how to compromise and interact with each other beyond the superficial.

Most new relationships, and even some that have survived a long time, subsist on shallow and superficial communication. Then one day you realize that neither of you has anything to say or worse, could never tolerate living with the person for more than a week. So how do you acquire the valuable insight needed to take it a step further with the woman in your life? My suggestion is that you plan a vacation together. While the latter may be accurate, how often have you returned home from an apparent vacation feeling like you needed another one to recover?

Travel is a stressful endeavor, regardless of the purpose of your journey. Add another person into the mix and the result could be combustible. The first potential area of disaster is when you devise the initial plan. How long will the trip last? Where do you want to go? How will you get there?