We live in the Wanderlust generation, in which everyone under the age of 25 seems desperate not to settle down, or at least not yet. Because of this, our dating cesspool is filled with free spirits and travel gurus. Meeting the man or woman of our dreams is no longer the main priority. It’s secondary to our lust for adventure.
But why can’t we have both? There’s a preconceived notion that says, it’s best to be single when traveling and to explore either alone or with a platonic friend. By doing so, we won’t be held back from getting the ultimate experience. But this viewpoint makes two very unreasonable assumptions.
The first assumption is that in order to make the most out of traveling you should be available for new love or a casual fling. It disregards the importance of making lasting friendships abroad, and focuses instead on potential rendezvous’.
The second assumption is that our significant others must not be as adventurous as us, nor share the same desire to wander, which isn’t always true.
If you were smart, you chose a partner with similar goals and interests. You chose a fellow explorer, and it’s a good thing you did because couples who travel together stay together. And here’s why.
1. They don’t sweat the small stuff
Traveling can be amazing, but it can also be a bit chaotic at times. Ever lost your luggage in transit? Ever been locked out of your hotel room? Or gotten food poisoning from the local cuisine? Then you know there’s stress even in paradise.
Couples who travel together learn to overcome these small setbacks and make the most out of their trip. They don’t have the unrealistic expectation that everything will go completely smoothly. They roll with the punches and they know that, no matter what happens, they’re still together and that alone is good enough for them.
2. They have a good sense of humor
When things go wrong, strong couples understand that they only way to make it better is to laugh it off. Sometimes, there’s nothing else you can do. They make the most out of what they are given and they see every situation as a learning experience and a funny story to share later.
3. They’re on the same page
When two people travel together, they’re more or less living on the same schedule; however, that doesn’t mean they have to do the exact same thing the entire time. When one wants to sleep in and the other wants to wake up for the continental breakfast, they both do it!
They respect their differences and give each other that space. Maybe the early bird even grabs the sleepyhead an extra plate of eggs. That’s what a successful traveling couple would do anyway.
4. They both chip in
Traveling is expensive, so the couples that do it together must discuss budgeting and decide who will pay for what. Making these decisions not only strengthens the relationship, it prepares them for larger financing that they might have to work out in the future, when buying a house or planning a wedding. Couples who travel together get a sense of how their partners utilize their money, whether they’re frugal or big spenders.
5. They share the same thirst for adventure
People who love to travel are often outgoing, spontaneous individuals. They’re enthusiastic about meeting new people and aren’t afraid of living in the moment. Couples who share this impulsive attitude get themselves into some wild, unforgettable adventures and receive endless opportunities to bond along the way.
These experiences turn into incredible stories they are able to bring back home and share with friends and family. Couples who travel together make memories that last them forever, and those memories are what keep them happily together.