Travel Tip Tuesday: Three Tips for Traveling with Your Sweetie

It is hard to believe three years have passed-to the day … Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!-since my husband and I tied the proverbial knot in southeast Texas. In that time we’ve taken more than a few international trips together and picked up some tips for traveling as a couple.

In honor of our 3rd anniversary, I’m going to share some tips that have kept us sane-and happy!-in our travels.

1. Compromise the Planning
It is hard for two independent people who are, ahem, used to calling all of the shots, to learn to compromise their travel plans. I often find myself wanting to squeeze in extra vacation days, especially when we are traveling to Texas to see my family and friends, while my husband tends to worry over the details … you know, like paying for the trip and closing our business.

We’ve gotten really good at understanding each other’s motivations and the last few Christmas trips we took started later than I’d have liked (we didn’t get to Texas until December 22 or 23!) but lasted for more than a month.

2. Help Each Other Prep
Whether they are working to get ahead for their job, planning who will take the pets and get the mail or worrying that everything is in place, most people are ultra busy before a big trip. When you are traveling solo, you have to take care of all of the details. When you are traveling as a couple … yes, you do have some help, but there are also two people, with two sets of “lists” that have to be finished before you leave town.

When we are in the final prep stages before a big trip, my husband and I share our lists, divide them and conquer ’em. This helps each of us feel like we are getting help, relaxes us before the trip and ensures no one starts our vacation with resentment or hurt feelings.

3. Take it Easy
… on each other, I mean. Yes, traveling is exhilarating, fun and exciting but it is also stressful. Before we set out for an international flight, which when we go to Texas means three flights, two layovers and oftentimes an overnight somewhere, we pledge to have a good attitude and not add unneeded stress to each other. At some point, usually when one of us gets too-easily agitated or moody, this turns into a joke and we laughingly remind the other one that they broke the rule.

This doesn’t work all of the time and no, it doesn’t eliminate travel-related stress, but I think our attitudes are what got us through the DC Blizzard last year with flight delays, an unplanned night near the airport and two new, unexpected flight connections in happy spirits.

What other tips do you have for couples who travel together?

Until next time … Buon Viaggio!

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Photos: Cecil Lee

7 Responses
  1. Well done to you both .. I am not sure I could handle travelling with my hubby all that way .. especially with 3 flights and lay overs etc … It would be a total nightmare. He works for Formula 1 and travels all year except for a month or two … BUT the big difference everything is arranged for him and the team. Flights , accommodation , transport from the airport to hotel. So even though they got stuck in China with the Ash Cloud , they did not have to worry about anything…. !!

    Totally helps when someone plans it for you and is there to troubleshoot when disaster strikes!

    1. @anne,

      F1? My boyfriend would be so jealous! This weekend I was happy that a German won and he was sad that Ferrai didn’t make it 🙂 Anyways, travelling when somebody else organizes everyting sounds wonderful!! I spent weeks looking for affordable flights alone!

      Oh yes, P would be jealous, too! I’m not even sure if I should tell him! he he

  2. Excellent as alway! My hubby and I always make sure we plan for every single minute.. and we always include relaxation time and a day to do NOTHING… which for me is very important when going on vacation.

    That’s great you plan for down time … so many people forget that they’ll get tired, even on vacation!

  3. How funny! My (Italian) boyfriend and me (German) just celebrated our 8 year anniversary yesterday (in Texas where we live). We do these crazy intercontinental flights a lot as well to visit our families on the “old continent” 🙂 I have to say that we’re become great travel buddies and fully comply with your tips 1 and 3. We don’t really help each other prep, but that’s probably because we don’t run a business together. I love travelling together! It makes these long flights and layovers much more bearable. You always have somebody to lean on, leave your stuff with, talk to, and just hang out with. Taking it easy on each other is something he’s much better at than me I have to admit. Working on it… 🙂

    HA! Yea, P is better at that than I am, too. He has patience to spare!

  4. Sara

    LOL! Great tips and so very true! My Calabrese husband are I are leaving for the U.S in 1o days and the stress is already starting to take over! I will to my best to take it easy this time around! Look forward to more posts!

    Yea! Good for you … I’m so jealous. I hope you have a great stress-free trip!

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