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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Do you have any couples travel tips you want to share?
The First 5 Things You Need to do to Get Set Up Abroad
There are unfortunately a few boring – but very important – things you’ll need to get out of the way before you can set off on your adventures abroad. Whether it’s checking your mobile’s roaming settings or getting yourself a local bank account in the country you’re off to, you need to be sure everything’s in place so that you can contact home and pay for things while you’re there! When all of this is out the way, you’ll be free and safe to travel to your heart’s content. Here are the 5 top chores you’ll need to do to prepare for your trip away.
1. Make Sure you can Call your Mum
To do this, you’ll either need to activate roaming on your mobile phone, or get a foreign SIM card for where ever you’re off to. People travel more than ever these days and phone companies know it, so most have pretty simple ways that you can access their services abroad. Go to your phone provider’s website and see what they say about using your phone while out of the country – most will say you’re already covered to use your phone abroad, but best to check and follow their instructions if not, or you could come home to some huge phone bills. Make sure to know how much it’s going to cost you to call home, and what the data charges are to access the internet, as you’ll obviously want to upload all your travel snaps to Instagram as you go.
2. Set Up your Foreign Bank Account
It’s important to know how you’re going to pay for things while traveling. Carrying around loads of cash is not a good idea – there are professional pick-pockets on the loose in most tourist destinations – so setting up a bank account in the country you’re staying in is wise. Useful apps like Pangea Money Transfer allow you to quickly and easily transfer money at a guaranteed flat fee from your home bank account to your new one abroad, all managed from your mobile phone. Pangea enables you to send cash to a list of South American and Asian countries, so you’ll never be stuck for money when you’re far away from home. Also, remember to set your trip budget so you don’t run out of cash.
3. Make a Plan of Action
So, you’re not going in blind, check out as many travel apps and websites as possible that will have insider views of the countries you’re going to, so you can plan where you want to go and what you want to see while you’re there to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Guides like Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor are great for researching the biggest tourist attractions of your chosen country. This is great for before you get there, but just remember to always ask the locals where is best to go for food and sightseeing once you’re there – they’re the ones who know better than anyone.
4. Learn Some Basic Lingo
If you’re going somewhere that you don’t already speak the language, it’s only polite to learn the basics before you get there! Please, thank you, and how to order food are great places to start. The locals will appreciate your efforts and help you out with your pronunciation, and you won’t get very far with buying things or asking for directions with no knowledge of the language. Before you go, you can download useful free apps like Duolingo, which have a wide range of language courses, or search YouTube to learn handy phrases for your arrival.
5. Sort your Travel Insurance
Finally, you must do your research into travel insurance before you leave. This is so important because different policies will cover different lengths of time away from home, and will only pay out for certain things. If you’re taking expensive items with you like iPads, laptops, and cameras (which it’s advised you don’t!) you’ll be paying a lot more for your cover. If you have any medical conditions, you’ll need to check that your insurance will cover any medical bills. Lots of the most popular insurance comparison websites will help you find cover that’s tailored exactly to all your needs.
How To Keep Yourself Occupied When Travelling
Many of us find ourselves constantly in and out of airports, for business or pleasure or whatever the reason may be, and would like to make better use of that dead time, of which there can be a lot, especially on long multi-segment trips overseas, for example. Here are some quick suggestions to ponder:
Travel time is actually excellent for absorbing a couple really good books, and it’s a great time to catch up on some much-needed reading. You have so many options for ebooks I don’t think it’s even necessary to list them here. You also have your preference of audio books or regular text books; it’s completely up to you. Text is a lot faster if you’re a reasonably good reader, but audio books allow you to do things like walk around and eat while still getting the book “read to you”
Online casinos are an excellent way to kill time on those long layovers. In fact, the hours can go by in a blur when you’re gaming in this way; make sure you have an alarm set so you remember to get to the gate on time for your connection:
Guts online casino with mobile games is a prime example of a great casino site where you can keep yourself occupied for hours on end. One of the nice things about Guts is how comprehensive it is. This allows you to get all your online casino fun in on one app only, thereby avoiding having to spam separate apps on your phone for poker, slots, blackjack, etc.
Other Games on your Phone:
There are obviously tons of possibilities here. Once again, to avoid that dreaded app spam on your phone, pick a couple of really good games that you like a lot and aim for complete and total domination and mastery of them. This will also keep you focused and help with your mental hygiene.
It’s a good idea, actually, to have at least one game available on your phone that does not require an internet connection. This is for both being on the plane itself, and also for being in strange towns where there is no roaming, no wi-fi and no SIM card available for you. You will be grateful to have that one reliable game to pass the time during those gaps in the internet service.
Take A Look Around Town:
This is a final option, but can be a really good one. There are several factors that need to be in play for this option to be viable and workable.
-The security check-in process can’t be overly complicated or slow
-The time of the layover must be enough and must be at a time when there is actually something going on in the town you are in for the layover. Some major cities are closer to being 24 hour towns than others.
-The airport must be reasonably near to the interesting parts of town in that city, unless you don’t mind spending big bucks on transportation. Rideshare has, however, mitigated this quite a bit. Be realistic about your travel times. Remember traffic can be hell in some cities, hell like you wouldn’t believe.
Honestly, the best way for this strategy to work is to know what you want to see beforehand and just go there. Wandering around is usually a waste of time. Do your research online beforehand to make sure you get a positive experience out of this.
Layovers don’t have to be purgatory for you. There are options to make the experience better and more edifying.
Do you have another way you spend your time travelling productively that you’d like to share with us? Please feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Top ways to keep yourself entertained while traveling
Traveling can sometimes be a boring time. Long waits in airports. Traffic jams. Ferry crossings with nothing but water for scenery. No matter whether you’re traveling by car, plane, or ferry, there will always be times when you’ll wish that you had something to occupy you.
Thankfully, in today’s fast-moving world, there are plenty of options to keep your mind occupied when you’re on the road, in the air, or at sea. Here are some great ways to entertain yourself while traveling.
Read a good book
Don’t waste your time with glossy magazines. Most of them will rot your brain and you’ll be done reading them before you’ve even made a dent in your journey. They also take up as much space in your travel bags as a good book, which will occupy you for far longer.
Many people also find that reading a book helps them get to sleep. If you’re one of the unlucky people who finds it difficult to sleep on planes and in cars, a book can help you doze off naturally.
If you’re one of the super-unlucky people whose motion sickness can be exacerbated by reading, there’s a great alternative: audiobooks. Downloading audiobooks to an audio device such as an iPod takes up very little space and frees up luggage room. It means that you can take a whole collection of books with you on your travels so that you’ll never get bored!
iPad or tablet
Don’t rely on airlines, bus terminals, or ferries to provide high-quality visual entertainment. Loading up an iPad or tablet with the latest movies puts the ability to occupy your mind in your own hands. Also, bring an iPad charging station just in case your iPad, smartphone, and other devices need some power, and charge them simultaneously in public charging stations.
iTunes is a great place to download the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies, as well as fun games and eBooks.
As many public places now offer free Wi-Fi, a tablet is also a great way to stay in touch with friends and family while you travel. Best of all, using a tablet to entertain yourself instead of a smartphone means that you won’t drain your phone’s battery. This is important as charging points can be scarce on the road and you may need phone access in case of an emergency.
Play the lotto
Playing the lotto can be a fun way to pass the time while traveling. Firstly, there’s the welcome break of pulling over at a rest stop – or dipping into a terminal convenience store – to pick your lottery numbers. Many people play the lotto using numbers with personal significance, such as birthdays, so the mere act of deciding on the numbers that will make you rich can be enough to while away some downtime.
Then comes the best part – daydreaming of what you’d spend the jackpot money on. This is by far the best way to while away the hours of a long journey. Whether you’d buy a house, a car, or simply want to fantasize about traveling somewhere far more thrilling, you can let your imagination run free. Before you know it, you’ll be at your destination!
Once you get there, you can check your numbers on the Mega Millions numbers CA website to see if you’re a winner!
Discover new music and podcasts
When was the last time that you discovered a new band or artist that you really loved? If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got your favorites that you’ve stuck with for the past few years. Now that you’ve got some downtime on your journey, you have a great opportunity to find your next favorite band.
Audio services such as Spotify provide recommendations for new artists based on your existing preferences – so if you really dig Led Zeppelin, Spotify will find out if an emerging band from Israel fits the bill. Best of all, the Spotify paid subscription service now allows you to download songs and playlists to your phone – so even if you’re out of cellphone range or you don’t want to drain your data allowances, you can still get inspired by some fresh sounds. Simply load up your device with songs and playlists before you leave and you’ll have no shortage of new material to help you pass the time on your journey.
In fact, you could even choose a road trip playlist based on the route that you’re traveling – there are thousands of songs about places all around the world! The same goes for podcasts – why not search for and load up some podcasts about your destination? Not only will you whittle away the hours of your journey, but you’ll also be armed with a ton of new knowledge about your destination.
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