When it comes to traveling, there are quite a few different options and roads to take: solo travel, couple travel, family travel or group travel. It can be hard to know what’s right for you, especially if you’re new to the wonderful world of travel. There’s actually no right or wrong answer, considering everyone in the world is different. Everyone enjoys different aspects of travel. Some people like to stick to more well-known, popular attractions; while others enjoy heading off the beaten path. Some people even swear by cruises!
If, however, you’re like me, you prefer couple travel! Being able to travel with my partner Russell, seeing the world together and create some incredible memories is such a wonderful thing. I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to travel with the person I love, and have photos together from our travels that will last a life time.
If you’re wondering why I prefer couple travel as opposed to other forms of travel, keep reading to find out!
Couple Travel: 7 Perks to Traveling With Your Partner!
1. MAKING MEMORIES
Making memories and experiencing new places with the person you love, is such an incredible privilege to have. Think of all the stories and special moments you’ll share with that person, seeing the world and creating new memories. I often think back to when I visited New York City back in June 2015 with my Contiki group. Although I was with the new friends I had made on Contiki, being able to experience a city I had dreamt about my whole life, with the person I love, would have made the moment so much more special.
In March 2017, Russell and I spent 4 weeks exploring Japan together. Neither of us had visited Japan before, so it was pretty amazing experiencing such a unique and incredible country together. We have hundreds of photos and an endless amount of memories together, that we can look back on for years to come!
2. HELP WITH CARRYING BAGS
There are two things about me, that make lugging around suitcases extremely difficult: I am a terribly bad over-packer, and I am very unfit. When Russell and I spent the month of March in Japan, we soon realised that not every train station had elevators. Or, if they did, we couldn’t find them. So quite frequently, Russell had to carry both of our super heavy suitcases, up staircases because I was too weak to carry my own! (Thanks babe)
If I had been traveling solo, I would have definitely struggled. Some people would suggest a solution to this issue: pack lighter and don’t travel with a suitcase. But we much prefer suitcases over backpacks. Yet another reason why couple travel is the perfect option!
3. COUPLE TRAVEL IS NEVER LONELY
I definitely wouldn’t be able to travel solo again, purely for the fact that I wouldn’t enjoy the feeling of loneliness. I know there are so many people who love exploring new places alone and not having to rely on anyone. But I love having company while traveling. Sharing excitement the night before a jam-packed day full of new adventures, or having a few drinks together in the hotel room while looking back on the day’s events, are some of my favourites parts about traveling with Russell.
Traveling with Russell automatically gives me an incredible feeling of safety. I know that he will always protect me if something were to happen. Not that you should rely on somebody else for your safety, but it’s nice having the reassurance that if a dangerous situation presented itself, you have somebody you trust there to help!
5. WORKING TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
There are always going to be problems that arise while traveling. Whether you travel solo, with a partner or with a group of friends. But traveling with someone who knows you well (and vice versa) makes life a lot easier. Whether you’re stuck with delayed flights, lost luggage, hotel room mix ups or transport issues. No matter what the situation may be, working together with your partner to solve the problem, is a lot easier than trying to figure it out on your own!
6. DIFFERENT IDEAS LEAD TO NEW EXPERIENCES
I have seen and experienced so many things that I never would have, if I didn’t travel with Russell. Combining your interests and bucket list with the person you travel with, will mean seeing so many places that you never thought you would. If you and your partner want to see different things, even if it’s something that you don’t think you’ll enjoy, give it a shot! Bounce ideas off each other, and you never know where you’ll end up!
7. PLANNING AND COUNTING DOWN TO THE NEXT TRIP!
Planning for an upcoming trip is so much more exciting when you’re traveling with another person! I love researching and watching endless videos about the next place Russell and I will be visiting. It’s exciting writing ‘things to see and do’ lists and discovering areas that we didn’t know about.
There are pros and cons to every type of travel. Whether you like to go it alone, or share your experience with the person you love. But I don’t think there is a ‘wrong’ way to travel. Decide what works best for you, and see as much of the world as you can! There is absolutely no right or wrong answer. Everyone is different, and everyone enjoys different styles of travel. Choose what is right for you, and you can’t go wrong!
I personally love traveling with Russell. Seeing exciting new places all over the world, planning a trip together and creating memories with the person I love, is something that I will always be grateful that I can do.
What is your style of travel? Do you like to explore a new city alone, with a group of friends, or with your partner? Tell me below! I’d love to read your opinions and travel stories!
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