The first overnight trip a couple takes together can be a tricky one. Here are some tips to make the trip go smoothly.
Going on a vacation as a couple for the first time is a big deal in any relationship. This is the kind of thing that could galvanize the romance, or sending it send it off a cliff. To help you avoid that whole cliff thing we’ve put together a couple of simple tips to follow to make that first trip with your beau or lady love a great one.
1. Plan the trip together… make it a short one
One of you might be the “natural planner,” but resist the urge to let them take care of the itinerary. This is your first big foray into travel together, so plan it together. Pull out a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle so each of you can suggest what you’d like to do on the trip. That way you can find a place that’s suits both of you perfectly. And make the first trip you take together is no longer than a weekend getaway. It’s a great way to test the waters to make sure you two can travel together comfortably without wanting to tear one another apart.
2. Stay flexible
You both know what you’d like to do on the trip, but don’t feel like you’re beholden to a schedule. Yes, you’ll want to reserve some times to do some things, like dinner at a romantic restaurant or to see a show. This trip is all about getting to know each other better, so just let the day take you wherever it goes. Besides trying to stick to a rigid schedule sounds a lot like daily life, and that’s NOT the point of any vacation. Go with the flow, my friends.
3. Split the expenses
Putting together a trip can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Each person should be able to pick up some of the bill for a rental car, hotel, and some of the excursions you’ll be enjoying together. There’s also that pesky possibility that you may break up before the trip happens. Keep ahead of the curve on that sort of stuff by checking the refund policies on anything you reserve ahead of time.
You’ve got the trip figured out, so what is there to talk about? Plenty, actually. Find out what kind of traveler your date is – quiet on the ride/flight, or if they are prone to being car-/sea-/airsick. It might seem awkward to do, but it could cut out some silent treatment or argument during the trip. And don’t feel bad about making your voice heard about not wanting to do something on the trip. You can only strike compromises on what to do if you speak up. No sense in pouting.
5. Don’t forget some alone time
You’re going to have a lot of fun with your partner for the trip, but it’s good to have some time to yourself. Make sure you both have some time to be alone on the getaway. Take a walk while your significant other relaxes in a spa. The time from one another will make you cherish the moments together that much more.
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