Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Without The Meltdown
So, you’ve finally saved enough for that belated vacation in Paris, or perhaps you and your spouse have found the time after several years together to travel to the Amalfi Coast?
You daydream about it all the time – waking up at your leisure, sharing a bottle of Pinot Noir while the sun goes down, and exploring the vibrant culture of wherever you may be. But what if things don’t go as smoothly as that?
Traveling with your spouse can no doubt be a time of relaxation, romance, and joy.
But going unprepared can also be a time of stress, unrelenting compromise, and unexpected surprises.
Want your marriage to survive your next international vacation?
Here’s how to prepare for it with ease while enjoying every moment!
Bad Habits Are Magnified
When your spouse leaves his socks lying all over the house at home, that’s one thing.
When you spend every second together during your vacation to Bermuda and he’s still leaving his socks for you to pick up, that’s quite another.
And, while you’re not perfect either, it’s a smart idea to prepare yourself for the notion that just because you’re not in Kansas anymore, these slightly annoying behavioral habits will follow you on your trip.
Consider talking about it beforehand, and going easy on one bad habit of yours (biting your nails) in exchange for them to become more aware of one of theirs.
Don’t Hog the Itinerary Planning
It can be easy for one partner to dominate the itinerary.
Although it’s out of excitement and love of going to your dream destination, take it easy and remember that two people are on this vacation – not just you.
What activities does your spouse want to do or see?
While you want to visit as many art museums in Germany as possible, make sure you consider his love of golf to play just as important of a role here.
Compromise part of your time doing what the other person loves and trust us! – that will save you a headache later on.
Nothing can add stress to a romantic trip quite like running out of money.
Think you have saved enough for that five star hotel in Munich?
Have you checked out the average cost of a cab fare in Amsterdam or Jamaica and feel confident you know how much to budget for meals out? Vacations almost always come with unforeseen costs (especially in other countries) and while your intentions may be good, over budgeting is the safest way to enjoy your vacation without dealing with money stress.
Maybe you didn’t plan on swimming with the dolphins until you saw your partner do it, or didn’t expect to find a necklace you can’t live without while window shopping. Although you don’t have to spend everything you bring, it’s always better than not having enough.
Vacationing together as a couple can be a wonderful experience, and when you prepare for it with a little extra consideration of your partner’s feelings, budget enough money for those unforeseen “extras” and most of all, enjoy every moment at your ideal vacation spot, you will have all that you envision for the great romantic getaway you have been daydreaming about!
What are some of the ways you’ve safeguarded your own previous travel experiences?
Have you had some vacation disasters that you’ve learned from?