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?
Keeping Your Home Safe on a Longer Trip
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.
Things To Do While Being Stuck At The Airport
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.
5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Enjoying Holidays With Your Spouse
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
If you want to prevent your holiday experience from getting ruined then make sure you follow these tips
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