Couples Travel Tips

Couples Travel Tips

Whether you’re traveling with your life-partner, new lover, or childhood best friend, traveling as a twosome can be either an incredible bonding experience or a recipe for disaster.

 

While traveling with another is a great way to see a new place, it can also lead to much discord, especially if you don’t first manage expectations, including setting an itinerary, determining personal priorities, and agreeing on budgetary constraints.

 

Setting an Itinerary

While you can’t plan every moment of a vacation, if you’re going to a new city, you may want to plan your trip in advance, at least the main sites you’d like to visit.

 

Some sites aren’t open on certain days of the week and you want to plan accordingly. Planning in advance will also make booking accommodations easier if you have a sense of where you’re going to end each day.

 

Personal Priorities

In line with setting an itinerary is the matter of personal priorities. Some people want to eat at as many local eateries as possible, while others prefer familiar foods, even when abroad. Some people can’t get enough of museums, while others prefer to visit more off-the-beaten-track types of establishments like local artisans.

 

It’s good to be clear on your priorities before you set out. And while you can compromise and try something new, you can also agree to spend a few hours apart exploring your own personal interests without any hard feelings.

 

If you know each other well, you can also determine in advance (or as you go) your personal strengths in terms of travel, so that one partner may take more control over logistics such as flight and hotel bookings while the other person takes the lead in planning the more nitty-gritty aspects like cultural hotspots to hit up.

 

Budgetary Constraints

One of the biggest advantages of traveling as a couple actually has to do with budget, as in most cases a double room is if anything, only marginally more expensive than single accommodations.

 

It also makes eating cheaper and more abundant as you have someone with whom to share a multitude of dishes.

 

Still, before you set out, you need to make sure your sense of spending is in tune with one another. Think about mode of travel (local buses or cabs?), type of accommodations (camping or hotel?) and other similar areas in which your spending habits may differ to avoid discord once you reach your destination.

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.