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Tips for Couples Travel: Keeping Romance alive

Travelling as a couple on the road can be extremely hard. Use our tips for couples travel to help your travels especially in time for Valentines Day.

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When you are travelling as a couple it is really important to remember to keep romance alive. These tips for couples travel will hopefully help.

You have to take great care to not only keep each other happy but also to celebrate special events such as anniversaries and other romantic moments in your lives.

Why?

Because travelling can take it’s toll on even the strongest relationships.

A lack of sleep while crossing different time zones will leave nerves frayed. While the stress of navigating your way around a foreign country will rattle tensions further. And to top it off you will be in each others faces through the good times and the bad 24/7.

Hospital Broken Collarbone Marmot Basin Ski Area

Adela in hospital after breaking her collarbone

Considering that with most budget travel, your savings will not usually allow for extra expenses such as romantic dinners which can help to recharge those relationship batteries. Instead you will find yourself arguing over whose turn it is to cook the spaghetti on toast!

With Valentines Day nearly upon us it might be worthwhile sharing some of our own little secrets of how we travel as a couple.

So how do we find the energy while on the road keep from tearing each others heads off every second day?

It’s easy!

Think outside the box

You shouldn’t have to look very far from where you are at that moment to gain just a little bit of inspiration. Travelling is romantic in it’s very nature!

Valentines Day in Paris

Sure you may not be in one of the most romantic cities of the world like Paris or having an epic Hawaii holiday on the beach. But, you are likely to be somewhere that isn’t home! That is what makes it special.

Stop being a tourist and slow down

I don’t mean for the entire time you travel but you can definitely spare a day or even an hour to slow down. For that short period you need to stop, think and act like a local.

What do locals do to keep their romance alive wherever you are? I am sure that they don’t wake up at the crack of dawn to be the first in line at the local attractions! No, they sleep in and savour each others company. Or they just stroll hand in hand through a park.

By slowing down you will enjoy those moments of madness as you run to make your train travel trip because you know you can chill out sometime soon.

Samoa waterfalls

Don’t be selfish

Travelling as a couple is all about compromise. If you have chosen the last 2 places to eat at or the last activity then it is time to hand over the reins. There is nothing worse than just getting to enjoy what you want while the other grins and bears it.

Other selfishness acts can be as simple as showing a little bit of courtesy. All it may take is to help her put on her backpack after a long day of hauling it around a dusty city and the romance will be kept alive.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

You need to let the small things slide. You know that really cute chewing sound she makes when she is eating her food? Well that kind of starts to grind on your nerves when it is just the two off you.

But if you cannot learn to accept those small imperfections (and face it everyone has them and I am clearly no god myself) then the bigger worries are really going to set a wedge between you.

Time outs

Travelling is all about sharing special moments together. But, and I cannot stress this enough, everyone needs space.

Whether you like to chill out by going for a run, reading your book or just pondering life’s mysteries with a beer in hand then make time for it. Just tell them upfront and trust me they will understand.

In fact they probably can’t wait to get away from you too!

Take time out when travelling as a couple

Take time out when travelling as a couple

Laugh

We have had some epic fights on our travels and have spent whole days silently driving across America not talking to one another. Do you know how hard it is to give your significant other the silent treatment for 8 hours when they are sitting next to you in the car?!

Let me tell you, it is near on impossible.

Those times are tough but as you sit in silence you will realise just how stupid the situation is. Here you are halfway around the world from your family and you only have one other person to rely on.

When you are laughing most of the time then the small arguments will bounce right off.

Four Jandals Maid of the Mist

Laugh at how ridiculous you look when acting like a tourist!

Spend time with others

Human beings are social in their very nature. Why do you think girls like to sit around with other girls and talk at a million miles an hour? It’s because we crave interaction.

I am quite happy to just chill out and be quiet. Adela on the other hand loves to talk. Early on in our travels I could not figure out how she can sometimes stand my quiet moments? Then it dawned on me.

It’s because we always find the time to interact with others on the road. If you spend your whole time abroad and only talk to one another then it is going to be one helluva boring trip.

Travel is about meeting others. When you do finally get that time alone together you will relish in it!

Date night

Most couples usually have date nights when they are at home. So why not when you are travelling?

I know I said earlier that most of the time budget travel won’t allow for you to go out for romantic dinners. But who said you have to spend $200 on a meal with a bottle of wine. Instead make a picnic and go chill out on the beach for a few hours.

Or just blow that budget and splurge! While your wallet might hate you, your relationship will thank you and the romance will be kept alive.

Splurging on chocolate in Quebec City

Splurging on delicious chocolate in Quebec City

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64 Comments

  1. Laurence

    February 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Travelling 24/7 with someone is a serious test of a relationship 🙂 Still.. if your relationship survives it.. you’re pretty much ready for anything!

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      I think it is the ultimate test for sure Laurence! Going pretty well after over 2 years on the road 🙂

  2. Trudy Florence

    February 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I really liked this. It’s a lot of the things that my boyfriend and I did while we were travelling. We both love meeting other people and would sometimes spend every night with groups of people. Occasionally we would just pull each other aside and say, hey lets just have dinner by ourselves tonight. Looking after each other is also one of our key motto’s. He’s great at helping me with my bag, carrying some of my heavier things while I like getting up and making or buying him breakfast because he’s a later sleeper than me. Travelling together made our trip so nice because we always had each other to talk to and help with everything. I wouldn’t give up our travel adventures for anything!!

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Totally agree with you on all your points Trudy and we are the same! It’s funny the roles that you assume on the road just to help each other out a little bit 🙂 It’s amazing how much we rely on each other all the time actually!

  3. D.J. - The World of Deej

    February 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Great tips you guys…We learned many of these the hard way, but tend to stick to most of what you’ve listed. Our biggest is the alone or quiet time…It’s good for us to venture apart for a few hours and recharge the batteries…

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Totally need that space D.J! Admittedly we are still learning as we travel but I am sure no couple is perfect 😉

  4. Sam

    February 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Nice article. Good ideas. Relationships do need work and travel can create some pretty big ups and downs. Knowing there will be times when your relationship isn’t the happiest can certainly help you move past it faster and reduce the frequency and severity of the downers.

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Thanks Sam. It is good when travelling as a couple because when the going gets tough you can learn on your other half.

  5. Andrew

    February 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Are you eating the ears first? So they can’t hear the rest?

    We have done some travel together. Actually a lot of our time together has been in travel mode for one or the other of us. We are learning alot about each other doing it. We push each other and support each other. We are also learning that we travel much better together than apart.

    I like the list. Especially the part about spending time alone as well as with other people and not just the 2 of you 100% of the time.

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Hahahaha definitely ate the ears first for that reason. It was too cruel otherwise! Love that you guys travel better together rather than apart.

  6. Jade - Ouroyster.com

    February 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Great article! I think james and I need to try to “date night” idea 😀

    • Cole

      February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Just a little bit of time out on a “date night” works wonders Jade 🙂

  7. Nomadic Samuel

    February 14, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Nice tips for couples. As a solo backpacker I can barely take care of myself 😛

    • Cole

      February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Haha yea I struggle with most things while Adela goes around behind me sorting it out 🙂

  8. Steph

    February 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I definitely agree with these! Taking some alone time is always really important for me. I’m a pretty independent, solitary person so it can be rough for me to spend 24 hours a day with someone else. It helps sometimes just to go out for a walk alone or spend some time reading.

    Another one we’ve learned? Never fight on an empty stomach!

    • Cole

      February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Hahaha I am terrible at being hangry! Hungry and Angry if that didn’t make sense haha 🙂

  9. thetravelchica

    February 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I’ve never traveled with a significant other, but I’ll keep these tips in mind when I do.

    • Cole

      February 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Thanks Stephanie!

  10. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    February 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Great tips even if you aren’t on the road!

    • Cole

      February 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Thanks Andi 🙂

  11. sharon

    February 23, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Hi there. I read your blog / adventures with interest. You are quite the duo 🙂

    I decided to nominate you for the versatile blogger award today. Here is the link
    http://abumptothehead.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/920/

    Cheers

    • Cole

      February 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Wow thanks Sharon! Will get on to that 🙂

  12. nomadwayoflife

    February 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Oh, puppy love. It warms my heart and gives me warm fuzzies inside. Well, you two certainly seem to have it all worked out (love the part about being one of the locals). Congrats. If only I wasn’t stuck on the lone ranger bit I would definitely follow the same path. My story is a little different. James Bond. I ride alone 😉

    • Cole

      February 24, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      Hahaha well Bond does get quite a few chicks!

  13. cheryl

    February 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Great tips! And glad to see you two manage to keep your romance alive. 🙂

    • Cole

      February 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Cheers Cheryl we try our best. Definitely not always the role model couple though 😉

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  15. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    March 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Great tips! I’ve been traveling as a couple now for a year and eight months. Funny thing is-we’ve been a couple for that long haha. You really do get to know a person when traveling with him or her, but a significant other even more. It’s amazing having someone to share your adventures with, but it’s important to remember that not every day will be perfect. Hope you guys had a great Valentine’s Day!

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Thanks Bobbi. We are not too big on Valentines Day and our anniversary is the week before (lucky for me, not so lucky for Adela haha). Glad you are enjoying couples travel!

  16. Asia

    March 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Love this article- thanks a ton you two!! My husband and I have been country-hopping since November and so far we’ve been in the craziest situations that have not only tested our comfort levels to some pretty high points, but also our marriage in ways we never could’ve imagined! It’s a crazy, fun, scary, insane game- taking your relationship on a ride like this. But like Laurence said, and we totally agree, if our relationship can survive this…then bring it on!!

    Great post and happy travels!

    • Cole

      March 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      No problem! Travel is the hardest thing for a relationship in our opinion. Super hard but it is all worth it 🙂

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  19. Megan Jones

    August 7, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    What great advice. I think that you could take all the advice out of the context of travelling and it would be just good relationship advice! I particularly liked your advice about not sweating the small stuff. I think we often get caught up in minutiae and lose perspective. Just take a step back and take a breath and I bet the fight will melt away!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Totally agree with you Megan. A little bit of space works wonders for us. The only problem is in the heat of the moment you often forget that!

  20. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    February 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Agree on all points!

  21. Jewel

    December 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Two Jandals missing from the bikini shot buddy!!

  22. Adam Burton

    December 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Love all these tips. I have learned a lot on this post, will apply these on our next romantic trip next year.

  23. Jeff

    December 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Great tips man. I do agree with you a little space works wonders. It has been working to us very well. It gives us the opportunity to reflect back and to face the situation squarely.

  24. Hannah

    December 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Awesome tips while traveling. Especially now that I have been traveling with my husband for almost half a year already.

  25. Ivana

    December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Lovely… Time spent alone helps, indeed.
    We just started our journey, so most probably we will need some tips 🙂

  26. Carlene Lowe

    December 6, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Haha! I can really relate to this. My husband and I been traveling since 2010 and I couldn’t count the argument, debate and cold war but it ended up to a deeper bond and love. Such a great site you have! Keep the love burning.

  27. Renuka

    December 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Great tips! Yes, travel in itself is romantic. 🙂

  28. Jade Adele

    December 11, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Great tips 🙂

    It definitely isn’t always easy to stay cool and collected, but remembering that you guys are made for each other always helps!!

    Looks like you guys are doing a good job of it too 🙂

    Yeay for happy couples!

  29. Doula Training by Doula

    December 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Thanks for all this lovely tips. They are so sweet. 🙂 Keep posting.

  30. Rashad Pharaon

    December 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Love these tips and think a lot of them apply to solo travelers too! Being willing to slow down, take in a new place like a local, talk and interact with other travelers and locals, and be willing to push yourself outside your comfort zone – everyone can benefit from these tips for couples.

  31. Ashley Johnson

    December 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Superb Tips!.I use to travel a lot with my wife and we always enjoy our trip where ever we go.Keep on posting such a lovely tips.

  32. Zara @ Backpack ME

    December 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Traveling as a couple is “the ultimate test of true love”. After traveling full-time long term with my partner I knew this is the man I would marry and have a family with! I can’t recommend it enough for couples.. even if it is to travel for a shorter period of time, you learn SO MUCH of one another!

  33. Susan

    December 28, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    Hi Cole,
    Can’t agree more..This is basically a summary of the life of an ideal couple..Great read and worth sharing.

    Thanks
    Susan

  34. Adam

    December 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    We personally love to travel but we never considered most of these things, and they are all great advice so they will help make our trips much better.Thanks For sharing good Points

  35. Julio Moreno

    December 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Oh date night… truer words were never spoken. Great tips!

  36. ethanbrown

    December 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Really great post…Thanks to share your great advice and experience..

  37. Jonathan Look, Jr.

    December 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    As someone that has been there/done that and has the scars to prove it, I think this very good advice. Especially the not sweating the small stuff. Good advice for life too!

  38. Adrian Tanase

    January 11, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Lack of sleep always makes you nervous, so sleep more.

  39. Katie

    January 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Giving each other space is vital, as most people don’t spend time in each other’s company 24/7 all the time … we all need our alone time!

  40. The Runaway Guide

    January 27, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    Silently driving across the US sounds familiar haha.
    I would definitely say laughing is key. If you can laugh about anything and everything you’ll be in good shape. Nice tips Cole.

  41. Melisa Lissa

    February 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I’m not sure about the Martin Luther’s quote, or how relevant it is in our modern society; But I love likening marriage to a garden. Sometime you just can’t sum up the energy or enthusiasm, but when you do…. it is well worth the effort

  42. Julie Danes

    February 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Honestly, I think that a beautiful holiday, even on the lowest budget, can help any relationship. We all need that “alone time” in two. 🙂

  43. Tom

    July 6, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Trust and space, both are the most important components that help to keep any relation alive. If you cant trust your mate, you will always find yourself alone.

  44. Tom Miller

    June 15, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    Hey,

    Thanks for this, I’ll definitely use this in my next Dubai Tour with my wife.

  45. Robert SSteven

    July 2, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Nice Post. Blog Entry give satisfactory fixation. The offer effects on various standard stresses of your mind.

  46. Kelvin Gary

    September 29, 2016 at 3:04 AM

    A great read. Every couple can relate to this.

  47. Smith Johnson Singapore

    October 9, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Aww. Such a romantic experience. Where is my boyfriend? ehe should see where we are headed next…haha

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Keeping Your Home Safe on a Longer Trip

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There’s something to be said about going on a trip that has you roaming around the world for weeks, even months at a time – but as rewarding as the experience can be, it’s not without its hidden dangers that you’ll want to stay aware of. There are some things you should keep in mind before setting off on a trip like that, especially if it’s your first one, in order to minimize the chances of coming back to trouble.

Upgrade Your Security

If you don’t have adequate security systems throughout your home, now is the time to invest in some. A few cameras and automated locks can be surprisingly cheap, and they can also improve the quality of your life in various ways. A garage door opener from Globalgarage.Org can make it more convenient to get inside without too much hassle for example, even if it doesn’t contribute to the security of your home directly. Some devices can also take pictures and even videos and send them straight to your phone in case they detect activity.

Pipes, Gas Lines – Is Everything in Check?

If you’ll be gone for longer, make sure that you shut off any lines that may cause trouble. It’s also a good idea to leave a faucet running at a drip rate if you’ve got any exposed pipes in the winter, as this will prevent the water from freezing inside the pipes and eventually bursting through them. Gas lines are obviously something you’ll want to shut off first, and the same goes for any other potentially dangerous systems that you’re not going to need while away. It may even be a good idea to shut off the power to your home completely if you don’t have any devices that will need it (e.g. a freezer).

Get a House Sitter

If all else fails, you can always consider hiring someone to take care of your home while you’re away. Plenty of people would be happy to do that for you, and they usually won’t even charge much for the job. They would normally be more than happy to help with clearing out any perishables from your fridge, taking care of your pets and other simple tasks to ensure that your home doesn’t deteriorate in any way while you’re gone. And on the other hand, this will maintain the impression that someone is still living there, which can be a perfect deterrent against burglars.

Treating yourself to a nice, prolonged trip is something everyone should do once in a while. However, it’s not something you should approach without any preparations, and you’ll want to make sure that you’re aware of any potential problem that can come up along the way. Other than that, you should prepare yourself for the time of your life, and make sure to savor every moment. Take plenty of pictures, ensure that you preserve the important moments, and if you find a place that feels like a second home, make sure to come back to it every now and then for a relaxing time.

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Things To Do While Being Stuck At The Airport

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Traveling and the sense of exploration can make you full of euphoria, but that feeling can start wearing off when things do not go according to plan. Euphoria quickly starts to fade when you find yourself at the airport with hours to go for your delayed flight.

While this is not an ideal scenario by any means, most of us have certainly  gone through it. It can become all the more frustrating if you don’t have a loved one to kill that time with – or at times, gets worse because you have them! Why? Both of you are at each other’s heads because of the stress!

Depending on the quality of the airport, it may even seem like time has stopped and you will be stuck at that airport for what may seem like eternity.

Okay. Maybe it’s not that bad. However, no one can really deny that it is extremely boring and dreadful to be spending that time with nothing to do. This is why, we thought to put together a list of fun activities to delve into if you find yourself in a similar situation.

Find Online Games to Play

If you happen to have a cellphone or laptop handy with you, try finding games on the internet such as online casinos in Canada or casual apps on the App Store.

The most significant advantage of these activities would be that they are not just limited to the airport lobby, but they will be there for your rescue whenever you want to play casino games online or might want to solve that next word puzzle yourself.

Explore the Airport Eateries

Airport cafes and restaurants in Canada have actually grown to be quite sophisticated in the past few years, and you can find all kinds of delicacies from various cuisines to cater that connoisseur in you more often than not.

For instance, the Toronto-Pearson Airport actually has some delicious food to offer along with amenities that are exclusive to the airport, so you can find a place to charge your devices and eat before you get hangry.

Get That Creative Mind to Work

If you do have someone with you, try doing things that you wouldn’t normally do.

Note: We’re not suggesting that you spend a fortune on a flash mob proposal, just something to distract yourself from your present situation.

The activity we are suggesting is rather harmless and only requires your observation skills. Try looking around and find strangers of whom you could create a profile of. You can make it the most ridiculous story ever or make it sound believable, dealer’s choice!

It’s a better route, it’s better than sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself!

Take a Stroll Around the local area

This might seem like a crazy idea, but it actually proves to be logical depending on where you are.

Some of Canada’s busiest airports are fairly close to the most popular destinations in the country. For instance, if you are stuck for hours at Vancouver International Airport, the Vancouver Aquarium and the Granville Island would be at the driving distance of under 30 minutes.

Similarly, if you are at the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, you would find that Old Montreal and Parc Jean-Drapeau are both just 30 minutes’ drive apart from the terminal.

Ask around and see what your options are for recreation in case your flight is delayed for a prolonged period of time.

Forget That Childhood Lesson

Three words: talk to strangers.

It is the most obvious yet the most strangest of advice that you can get in today’s day and age, an era where you find yourself to be “alone” in a place full of people.

Communicating with strangers and sharing your stories sans your social security and credit card information really isn’t that bad and can sometimes bring about experiences of kindness that you won’t forget for a lifetime.

As long as these people aren’t putting off Pennywise type of vibes, you should be fine.

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5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Enjoying Holidays With Your Spouse

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Holidays are expensive. According to reports, we spend about $1,145 per year on summer vacations. This rounds up to $4,580 for a family of four. This is a lot of money, which is why we need to pay special attention to planning to make sure it is all worth it.

This becomes even more important when you’re going for holidays with your spouse. It is going to be just the two of you and things can get boring if you do not plan your holidays properly.

To make sure things never get boring, given below are five tips to keep in mind when holidaying with your spouse:

  1. Travel With Insurance

Accidents come uninvited even if you are careful. This is why you need to take precautions and opt for travel insurance so that you are financially covered in case something goes wrong when you’re holidaying.

Think about it. There are a lot of risks involved. You or your partner may fall sick. There might be an accident or a theft and other such incidents. In fact, it is believed that you are more likely to fall sick when you’re holidaying than when you’re home due to the change in atmosphere.

This can be a pain without insurance, which is why it is important that you opt for it. You can go for individual insurance plans or couple insurance, whichever you find more affordable.

Other than this, make sure to carry your insurance documents at all hours for security.

  1. Research Various Tourism Places

Make sure to plan in advance and make a list of all the places you can visit with your partner. The internet can be your friend in this regard. There are plans and itineraries available that can help you plan your vacations.

For example, if you are going for seven days, you must divide each day properly. Write what you will day on day 1, i.e: what all places you will visit and how much it will cost you.

Budgeting is very important. Without proper planning, you may run out of cash and get in serious trouble so make sure to create a budget and stick to it.

Some places are cheap while some places are expensive. You need to make a list of places you can easily afford so that there are no issues. Other than this, do not forget the importance of mutual consent.

Both the partners should like the plan. You should not go to a place if your partner is not interested as it may ruin moods and cause trouble. Other than this, consider enjoying partner activities together, such as massages and romantic dinners to come closer to each other.

  1. Book a Couples Resort

There are many advantages of considering couples vacations resorts. They come with a lot of benefits. Firstly, they are designed for couples so you will get great activities to enjoy. Plus, privacy is also well taken care of.

Just find the right resort and you will be able to have great fun.

  1. Advance Booking

The recipe to enjoy holidays is to save as much money as you can on the trip so that you can shop, stay for more days and don’t fall short on anything. One way to save money is to book hotels and air tickets in advance.

According to reports, you can save up to 20% by booking about a month in advance. However, this also depends on the destination and season. A good idea is to visit a travel agent and let him or her help you plan a trip on a budget.

The Verdict

If you want to prevent your holiday experience from getting ruined then make sure you follow these tips

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