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7 Challenges You Face While Traveling With Partner

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Doing things together with your partner is an amazing way to rediscover yourselves and get to understand each other more. However, sometimes, there happen to be quite a few disagreements based on preferences and convenience. But have you thought what could happen when you travel with your significant other? Will it be an amazing adventure or a nightmare?

To clear the air, traveling together can be wonderful for both of you. Like any other day you do things together, you can come across various challenges during the trip. That will, however, not make the trip a nightmare. Things you can solve together can help you build stronger bonds in your relationship. If you have never traveled with your lover before, you should at least try it.

These are seven of the most common challenges you can expect while on a trip with your partner.

1. Differences in Handling Travel Inconveniences

While planning a trip together, you will have an itinerary of favorite places to visit and things to do there. When the day arrives, things do change. Sometimes, you are forced to change direction or opt for a different activity. That can be an easy decision if you are traveling alone. But things are very different if you are out with your partner.

Natural conditions, regulations, and personal inadequacies can hinder you from achieving all that you planned for the trip. While one can be okay with anything that comes and enjoy the trip, the other will be wondering why they ever left home. For them, changed schedules, timelines, and places of interest is a complete ruin on their journey.

To avoid stress, you should discuss from home about the expectations, realities, and occurrences that can change the course of the trip. Tell your partner that things can change along the trip. Let them understand that it is okay if the planned events are canceled as long as you can do other things together.

For example, when you find that the number of people attending an activity is restricted (especially during the present challenge around the world), you can have a private picnic in the park and enjoy your moments together.

2. How You Spend Your Vacation

While at home, both of you wake up before 4 am to grab a mug of coffee and begin your daily routines. Both of you are busy trying to make something to sustain you. Waking up early and sleeping late is the order of the day. Nobody wants to be fired for sleeping till 8 am or missing the train to the office.

Life during a vacation is pretty much different. No alarm clock, no train to catch, no pressing duties. It is time to relax, have fun, and explore. However, two people cannot have the same mindset. One will want to wake up early and prepare for the day’s activities. The other one will want to spend more time sleeping to compensate for the time they don’t get enough sleep.

The difference here can bring a misunderstanding that can make the trip awful if you end up in an argument. Knowing what you are after before leaving is essential. Before you set out on a trip, agree on the various activities that you can participate in. If you want to spend more time sleeping, choose activities that you can attend at a convenient time and do not close too early. You can also decide to entertain yourselves in the room instead of spending long hours at cinemas and clubs after dusk.

3. It Might Be Irritating to Be Together

This might be the worst part to read in this piece. You have been spending most of your time at your workplace and meet your partner in the evenings. You talk for a short time and sleep, waiting for another tedious day. That is how time flies, and you rarely recognize each other’s flaws. Maybe only some small disagreements that come along the things you use at home.

Traveling together is a completely different story. You are going to spend time with your spouse 24 hours a day, all the days until you return from the vacation. I can only imagine how much you are going to learn some flaws about them, which have been a secret all along. The problem is not knowing that your spouse can be annoying. Standing there and watching them get into your nerves is the uphill task.

Tolerance is a policy that can help both of you to stay together and enjoy the vacation. However, you should freely express to each other and draw clear lines about what you do not like so that your partner can watch his or her steps. In the same way, you may want to sacrifice a few things to offend your partner.

4. Not Having Same Interests

If you have never traveled with others before, you are going to be surprised. If you were thinking that traveling as a team or with your partner will be the most amazing adventure doing everything together, you will discover that there is a big difference between expectations and reality. You may have very many things in common, but when it comes to favorite activities, you are far apart.

While you may love surfing, your partner would be so much into hiking. These two adventures take place in different environments, and you cannot participate together and at the same time. That means that sometimes you will be far away from each other for most of the day.

While planning your adventure trip, you should table each activity you are interested in. If your interests differ so much, you may want to rethink the trip. Either you decide to engage in the other’s activities to learn a new adventure or you only opt to attend events that both of you have interest in.

5. Unpreparedness for the Trip

Sometimes it is wonderful to plan a surprise for your partner. It is one of the best ways to spice up a relationship or friendship. However, some surprises may not be received with gladness. Travel is one area where you need to plan well in advance and avoid so many inconveniences during the trip.

If you tell your partner that you are going on a trip in three days after booking everything, you may be turned down and lose your money. Your friend needs to prepare as much as possible for the trip. They need time to get the best gear they need on the trip and plan on rescheduling their duties so that they have enough time to travel with you. Make sure you prepare them early enough, maybe two or three months in advance.

6. Breaking the Budget

Traveling is associated with many expenses. If you are not careful, you can spend far too much on your credit card on a trip. With so many amazing events and activities and an unending list of to see, you can easily forget how much you are supposed to spend in various parts of the world.

Traveling with a partner will not be cheaper. You might want to impress her or him by buying a gift during the trip. One problem with buying items abroad is that you will encounter higher prices because the sellers know that tourists have some money to spend. Going to the market places in the city might not be a good idea either. While you can get more affordable items, you may end up in the hands of pick-pockets.

While you may want to spend on some necessary items and entertainment, you should be aware of the budget you have so that you do not spend beyond the limits. Credit cards can help you pay for as many items as you may want, but remember that they charge a high interest rate and pay them as soon as possible. Such spending habits can put you in a loop of debts and financial constrictions.

Create a clear budget of all the things you are going to spend while on the trip, then set apart some allowance for emergencies. That will help you to restrain yourself from spending way too much. Remember to walk with your to-do list to avoid unnecessary expenses on things you never anticipated. Carry all the gear you need on the trip on the roof rack to avoid buying or hiring things along the way.

7. Spending Alone Time

It is normal to wake up feeling abnormal. Moods do change due to various reasons, some of which are unexplainable. That is when you feel like keeping to yourself and spending your time alone doing nothing. Maybe a good rest and diet can help you to recover and get the vibes you need to take on another adventure.

Traveling with a team or friend can be inconvenient because such moments can ruin team experiences. Going out without the moods will be a waste of time. At the same time, your partner may not want to do things alone when you planned to be together. It is essential to avoid booking for adventures in advance. Only engage in something when you feel okay for the same.

Summing Up

Traveling can be an awesome experience. At the same time, however, you should expect some inconveniences when traveling with a partner. Fortunately, everything has a solution. The aim of traveling together is to spend time together and get the most out of your adventures. When challenges emerge, you can solve them and continue with the plans.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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A Trip To Qatar In 2022

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Qatar Financial Centre

While although international travel is not on the agenda in this current climate, one would hope that the world will return to a sense of normal by 2022 and if it does, it means football’s biggest party will be sending out its invites.

A party that will be hosted in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar and although FIFA’s decision may have initially raised some eyebrows, there’s no doubt that plans for such large festivities are being anticipated all over the globe.

It is the first time that the crown jewel of world football has been staged in the Middle East and although that adds an element of pressure to the Qatari organisers, they are ready to put on one gargantuan show.

Of course, the show needs its headline names and with 32 teams earning qualification for the tournament over the next couple of years, the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi will be ready to display their talents on the biggest stage of all.

Even though we are still two years removed from the first game of the tournament, the bookmakers are still taking bets on the eventual winner and at present, France and Brazil are topping the odds to get another cup at Qatar 2022.

France will certainly be considered as favourites and after success in Russia back in 2018, Paris Saint-Germain’s Mbappe will be ready to lead his side to back to back trophies and a third overall title for the country after previous jubilation in 1998.

With that said, a lot can change between now and November 2022, as form and fitness will dictate who will be able to mount a serious challenge and who will end up being left behind as nothing more than an also-ran.

When it comes to who wins the competition, that is not something we will know for quite a while and although the start of proceedings seem still a long way away, that should not stop you from making your own travel plans.

Even though Qatar has a relatively small landmass when compared to previous host nations, it is still ready to open its arms to football fans in all corners of planet Earth and with 80 countries enjoying the ability to travel visa-free, that will be one less headache for you to worry about.

While when it comes to headaches, alcohol is still something of a sensitive issue within Qatar and although it is largely forbidden in day to day life, there will be the usual fan parks in place, in order for you to enjoy a beer or two.

In addition to that and if you are not in the vicinity of a fan park, you will be able to celebrate or commiserate with a beer in any of the licensed hotels or restaurants, but do check if such venues are in possession of the necessary license before booking.

Much has been made of the weather and with that in mind, you may want to swap the alcohol for water and keep the hydration levels at their maximum, especially when you consider the expected temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius.

The weather may be conducive to wearing less clothes than back home, but if making the trip to Qatar do please consider the local customs when it comes to clothing and for men, a pair of knee length shorts should be sufficient to keep the heat at bay and keep you comfortable.

By comparison and for the female of the species, a little more caution may be required and therefore the advice is, to dress modestly in public – a remit which advises against showing your shoulders or wearing a short skirt.

Before the tournament begins, nine stadiums will be newly created and three will be renovated, which means the seven host cities of Al-Daayen, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal, Al-Wakrah, Doha and Umm Slal will be ready to host the 64 scheduled fixtures.

With this advice, all you need to do is book your flights and with the likes of British Airways, Qatar Airways, Iberia, Sri Lankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air India, Jet Airways operating in the area, there is nothing from stopping you joining the party in 2022.

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Consider alternative airlines when booking your next trip

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Whether you are a devoted Muslim wanting to finally make your Hajj, or just a tourist to Arabia and the Middle East who wants to get around cheaply, it’s important to not waste money needlessly on airlines.

Thankfully, competition has been heating up in the region for some years now. Lower cost airlines have been springing up all over the region over the past several years, and this benefits us, the consumers, immensely.

Pick a good portal

We have found in our experience that a great portal for selecting flights makes a big difference. We especially like one portal in particular, which we found recently digging around the internet. It’s called حجز طيران in Arabic but it works perfectly fine in English as well for the rest of us out there trying to get around the Arabic-speaking world without having mastered the language.

The power of secondary airports

Flyadeal, the people behind the portal in the above section, aren’t just a portal, they are an airline. The great thing about this airline is that they have a hub in a secondary city (Jeddah).

This is one of the secrets to saving money, if you can avoid the major airports, you usually avoid a lot of taxes and extra charges that wind up getting built into your tickets.

Secondary airports are often very close to major airports, sometimes surprisingly so. Finishing the last couple of hours of your trip by land can lead to major savings at the end of the day because of this.

Airlines are desperate right now

It’s no secret to anybody that 2020 has been a real rough year for airlines. Many of them seem to be even raising their prices, but ultimately, it’s the consumer who determines the price of something, not the provider.  Don’t panic if you start seeing high prices everywhere. Keep looking for alternatives and waiting. Outside of the immediate short term, the trend is going to be for the cost of travel to fall sharply, and this applies all over the world.

Established airlines may take more time than the newer more competitive airlines to get on board with pricing that’s going to be acceptable to consumers. That’s exactly why you need to use a good portal as a starting point, one that works with an increasingly large network of low-cost airlines.

Being adventurous will pay off in more ways than one. Not only are we stating right now that we believe it will be a lot cheaper on average to travel in the early days following the lifting of restrictions, we will predict that there will be amazing deals to be had everywhere.

And to top it off, you will have the run of places that are normally jam-packed with tourists and visitors. It will definitely pay off in spades to do some due diligence now and be on top of things. And that definitely starts with getting your alternative airline game on.

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A Saudi low-cost airline English speakers may not be aware of

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Probably one of the hottest evergreen topics for a travel blog is and always is going to be how to get cheap air tickets to somewhere.

It’s true that there is no such thing as a permanent air travel hack, and also will probably always be true. People figure things out, and some months later the whole panorama has changed and their “great travel hack” is now just something that gives them the going rate.

However, maybe for this same reason, it’s more important than ever to keep on top of current trends. Things change, and we just come out with a new article informing you!

A new option for low cost flights based out of Saudi Arabia

فلاي أديل, known in English as Flyadeal or Fly Adele, is a new offering for those of us looking to get around the region and around the world quickly and, most importantly, cheaply.

The airline is based out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and since it operates mostly on a hub model, many of the flights you book for them are based out of there. It only has three years in the market, and is very unfamiliar with English speakers and Westerners in general, so we feel that this is a very timely article. The airline is also making a big push in 2020 to globalize more and get customers from all over.

Great deals in the region

Low-cost air carriers are something that have been on the scene since decades ago in some markets. However, in the part of the world, where Flyadeal is operating, it’s still a novelty. We think it’s about time that someone gave the big established airlines some decent competition. It’s high time that the market get this kind of a dynamic, and it bodes very well for the future.

Many low-cost airlines (think JetBlue, for example), wind up with pricing close to and even above median pricing, especially as they gain a positive reputation. We are hoping that Flyadeal can maintain their competitive pricing as their reputation hopefully continues to grow. In the end, only time can tell what would happen.

Facts to remember about using Flyadeal

-You can access flights with this airline on many other travel-related sites. However, generally the best deals will be found going directly to their website.

-Keep in mind that Jeddah is the hub of this airline. You can use this fact and play around it to get the best deals on flights.

-Keep in mind the destinations this airline serves directly. You can often find something close to where you want to go and complete your trip by land for big savings.

-Corollary to the above, one of the destinations for this airline is as far as Manila as of this writing.

-There have been historic peace agreements signed in the very recent past, which are opening and should continue to open up new destinations for this airline.

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