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5 Tips to Avoid Killing Your Only Travel Companion

November 23, 2016.happynfull.2 Likes.4 Comments

5 Tips to Avoid Killing Your Only Travel Companion

My fiancé, Chris, and I have had more arguments these past 5 months of traveling together than in our 3 year relationship. It’s no secret that we have differing interests. As much as he’s crazy about sports, beer, junk food and viewpoints; I’m crazy about dramas, coffeeshops, fruits and bookstores.

Spending every waking hour with one another for an extended period of time can bring out a slew of new compromises and issues. While there are inevitable moments where you will get cross with one another, there are ways to minimize damage control.

Follow these tips to avoid killing your travel companion!

1.) Plan Out Non-Negotiables

Now that you have a destination and a duration you’re spending in one place, do independent research! All parties should come up with a list of top 10 things they want to do, see or eat. Prioritize this list from non-negotiable (top) to negotiable (bottom). It should be a fun exercise to read aloud what you want to do. Anything that matches on the ‘Top 10’ list goes on the ‘must do’ list! For things that don’t overlap – map it out, discuss, and see what is realistic and what’s not. For each that your partner wants to do, you should be able to pick one, too!

2.) Be Selfless

Figure out from one another what their interests are in each city. For Chris, it was to find the best shots of landscape and street art. For me, it was to find the best food and cafes. When we would explore cities, we’d point out things to one another. It meant a lot when Chris would walk by a bakery and tell me about it in case we wanted to go there for dessert. It told me he was thinking about me and keeping an eye out. Likewise, if I saw a Banksy tag or other photo-worthy spots I’d be sure to point them out.

3.) Bring Headphones or a Book

It’s good to have your own downtime when you’re couped up in transportation or in a hotel. Everyone needs to recharge from time to time and listening to music (check out my monthly playlists) or reading a book is a great way. I loved sharing new things I read or listened to.

4.) Google Calendar Any Engagements

Since I’m working on the road, I rely on Google Calendar to keep my schedule straight, but to also keep Chris informed on when I need to be connected to a quiet wi-fi spot. This allows us to plan around our needs. Google Calendar is also great to give you a visual of exactly how much time you have when you factor in commute and checkout times. Keeping surprises to a minimal is easy when you share a calendar!

5.) Spend a Few Hours or a Day Apart

Whenever I would have calls, I’d tell Chris to go out and explore and meet me back up at a certain time and location. It’s OK to disconnect for a few hours, and exploring on your own can be quite liberating. My only rule was that he couldn’t go to any places that were on my to-do list without me! It can be nice to meet up somewhere, as if you’re on a date. It also allows you to describe your day and ask how each other are doing.

5 tips to avoid killing your only travel companion

Have you ever had a travel companion that you wanted to kill? We’d love to hear the story!

Emily

Categories: Travel Essentials

Comments (4)

  • Noelle . November 23, 2016 . Reply

    The title of this cracked me up but I’m glad you wrote this. I definitely agree with the list – my boyfriend and I do that before trips to decide what to do. Also bringing a book to have some ‘alone’ time during the flight has been good too. Glad you didn’t kill Chris! 😉

    • (Author) happynfull . November 24, 2016 . Reply

      hahaha thanks, Noelle. There were close moments but now that we have survived it we have grown closer! 😉 You’re going to have to share your booklist with me!

  • Myles . November 24, 2016 . Reply

    These are awesome tips. I’ve yet to travel extensively with someone, but it’s something I definitely want to do. I’m bookmarking this post for when that day comes.

    • (Author) happynfull . November 24, 2016 . Reply

      Thanks, Myles! I think everyone should travel with a companion for at least 1 week before they get married. Perhaps the honeymoon should come before the engagement! haha.

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