As a travel blogger, I am part of female travel blogging communities and read a lot about solo travellers and their adventures around the world. I am fortunate to have found my best friend who I want to spend the rest of my life with, so I thought I would tell you a bit about why I love traveling as a couple.
Warning: This blog post is a cheesy, slushy post so divert your eyes if you’re not the romantic type!
When you are travelling to somewhere completely different, it can be so hard to get your head around how different everything is. Our first trip to Asia was so overwhelming but having Calum by my side gave me that constant support that I needed to feel comfortable and confident.
“Two heads are better than one”
There will always be upsides and downsides to travel and one thing that majorly stresses me out is organising the actual travel part! I spend months planning trips but I can’t tell you how many times I have managed to get us to the wrong airport or booked a hotel on the wrong dates or even booked a flight in completely the wrong month! Travelling as a couple (especially now, after 6 years travelling together), we are much better at organising, triple checking bookings and generally being a super efficient, organised couple.
Amazing date nights
Even when we travel, we still make sure we arrange date nights. We love visiting bars and having a few drinks together, unwinding and non-stop talking so wherever we are, we make sure we arrange some time for nights like this. Travel means we can arrange a date night at a revolving restaurant that overlooks Niagara Falls or we can walk along a beach at sunset and enjoy each others company. Or we can take a sky walk around the Macau Tower!
Extra suitcase room
Like many female travellers, I notoriously pack far too much! It is now become a running joke with Calum that his suitcase is always half the weight of mine! Travelling as a couple means I have that extra space in his luggage to squeeze that extra pair of shoes.
When we travel, we both love trying the foods from that country. Instead of sticking to one meal, we opt for a few meals and share them, meaning we get to try lots of different dishes during our time in a new country.
Personal stress ball
This one isn’t universal but Calum is literally my personal stress ball! When our travel plans don’t quite go to plan, I get massively stressed. Luckily, Calum is a very calm person who always knows exactly what to say when I am worrying about delayed flights/traffic/hotel problems/getting lost.
Makes your relationship stronger
After dating for 3 months, Calum and I went on our first trip together. We visited NYC, Niagara Falls and Washington DC. We bickered and got frustrated but loved our time together and knew that actually, we were meant for each other – yes this is the cheesiest sentence I have ever written. But yeah, travelling together has made us so close and so open and honest with each other.
Because there is two of us, we can save money travelling the way we want to travel. I am not a big fan of staying in dorms so we opt for sharing a private room in cheap hotels. In some countries, we have found it cheaper to opt for a private tour or taxi over two tickets for a group tour or local bus. We manage to find lots of ways to save money as a couple whilst being able to travel comfortably.
Make so many memories together
One of the best things about travelling as a couple is the amazing memories we have made together. Whenever we spend time with our friends or family, we always find ourselves starting a “remember the time…” story. We don’t often talk about travel but when we do, it is always about a fun memory we have shared together.
Encourage each other
After a few months of travel, there are always going to be days where you just want to relax in your hotel room and catch up on sleep. Travelling together means we always encourage each other to do something fun and different and go exploring.
So one of the massive perks about dating Calum is that he is an awesome photographer (Yes I am biased). When we go travelling, he takes great photos of us together but also of me and wherever we are exploring. Unfortunately, I am not so good at taking photos of him.
You grow together
When anyone travels, it is inevitable that you are going to grow and change as a person. I am a completely different person to the person I was before I started travelling. I appreciate relationships and my family and the community that I live and work in much more than I ever considered or thought about before I went travelling. I have a whole new perspective of the world and that grows and changes every time I visit somewhere new. Because Calum travels with me, it means he is growing at the same time and in a similar way to myself, meaning we are growing together instead of growing apart.
Of course, the best thing about travelling as a couple is spending every day with the person you love. Calum makes me laugh non-stop and is sarcastic and at times, grumpy attitude entertains me immensely. We have so much fun together whether we are travelling or not so having him with me on our adventures together, makes everything better.
Why do you love travelling as a couple? Share your thoughts in the comments below 🙂