Let me start this post with a confession, I hate traveling solo.
Traveling for me has always been a rejuvenating journey. By the age of 16, I had already visited 18 states of India . Most of my travel has always been with my family and friends.
Sam and I started traveling after we got hitched in 2012 , so in last 3 and half years, we have traveled to 12 International destinations and numerous cities in India managing our full time IT jobs. Though numbers do not matter and we are in no hurry to complete a half century or century of countries any time soon either. All that matters for us, is the journey, learning and experience together as a couple in a new country.
We have shared more about our experience and importance of traveling with loved ones in Wedding vows magazine last year and in this post we give you a low down on why traveling with your partner is one of the coolest things to do.
Relationship gets stronger and better :
Surveys show that couple who travel together are more happy ones. There is nothing like building your relationship over travel and growing together while handling things and reacting to different situations and circumstances in a foreign land. You can consider travel as an ultimate trust test which helps you to understand each other on a whole new level. You to get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Ours is a typical arranged marriage and as we started traveling together, we got to know more about each other starting from silly things, to food habits to fears. Over the years, our relationship has grown stronger. We have each other’s back no matter what.
Another interesting thing about traveling together with someone with a different taste and choice is that you also get to experience something new beyond your comfort zone. Sam is a history buff and I like rambling around the streets and devouring local cuisines, so on our vacation, we get to do both. He gets to sample the local food and I get to enrich my knowledge by visiting museums and castles.
With someone around you get an excuse for venturing out or taking the courage for detours. You can go drunk in a pub, mingle with locals without bothering, and enjoy the nightlife of the city.
You don’t have to worry about your luggage while you rush to the loo. You will always have someone to take care of you while you are down with a fever or look after you.
Honeymoon Continues :
Every trip is a like a honeymoon. Well, we do consider it so. 😉
You get to spend more time with each other, you get to indulge in new adventurous activities, candlelight dinners in a new country, date nights or walking hand in hand.
Or maybe enjoying an epic sunset in a foreign land and forgetting all the worries of the world is always a BONUS.
Finance Matters :
Apart from airfare, you get to share your meals, rooms, even luggage space. Just imagine the amount of money you can save.
You don’t have to pay the extra baggage charges, you get to order small meals of different local cuisines and share with each other. Even your travel expenses are shared/halved.
Sharing Work & managing time:
You don’t have to worry about waking up early to catch a bus or train. You have someone to pull you out of the bed if you are late.
The work is shared. Like in our case, Sam takes care of charging all electronic gadgets that we carry while I take care of packing and organizing stuff when we land at a new place. He takes care of booking day trips and other expenses while I decide the complete itinerary.
Break from Routine Life :
Getting up early, grabbing breakfast, heading to the office, coming back from work, watching your favorite TV series and sleeping. Next Day– Repeating the same thing.
If your life looks anything like this, a circular cycle of the same routine every day activities, then it’s high time you need to break this routine life of yours.
Escape with your partner to re-live the spark in your relationship. Weekend getaway or long extended vacation anything that works for you. Lay in the sands gazing the night sky, snorkel together, laze around beaches doing nothing with only each other for company. Try to make use of each opportunity and every excuse to create memories.
The magical moment that you will always cherish as you grow old and gray is the time that you have spent together.
Memories for Life Time :
You don’t want to be posing all alone in your private pool of a lavish water villa in Maldives, in front of Eiffel Tower/ Taj Mahal. Or may be watching an epic sunset or sunrise sitting on pristine beaches of Hawaii or Seychelles with no one to share those moments with.
Traveling together and creating memories is one of the best things in the world and the feeling while flipping the album filled with pictures of trips is second to none.
When you look back you might have thousands of memories to recall from just a 5-10 days trip than not a single one staying together for months.
Remember material things won’t last too long but memories, you have forever. Pack your bag, grab your life partner’s hand and make memories to cherish forever.
Do let us know who is your favorite travel Companion ?