It seems as though all I do is bombard you lot this blog with my life as a solo traveller and write about the nature of it.
Don’t worry guys, if you’re cuffed (in other words definitely taken and have been for a while) this post is specifically for you, with insight arriving from my 3rd guest writers G & T from Gttravelblog.
With their experience, passion and knowhow they look into – the benefits and drawbacks of travelling as a couple, tips for people in relationships that are seeking to go away together.
I also wrote a guest post on their blog on guess what……..*drumroll* yeah it’s pretty damn obvious – solo travel! So check it out if you want your regular dose of Johnny’s Traventures content.
Whilst you’re stopping by to see your boy check out the rest of G&T’s blog. Their blog is so promising a lot, they’re not just writing blog posts but also launching their own podcast soon and doing the occasional vlogs. Regardless of how you consume or feed your wanderlust G & T definitely will have you covered.
So this is G &T….
Pros and Cons of Traveling as a Couple
We are so happy to be doing our first guest blog post with Johnny’s Traventures. He is a solo traveler whose detailed, extensive and entertaining blog offers great insight into the locations he’s been to and the experiences he has had. As we are travel as a couple, it was great to have some comparison and insight from Johnny about what it is like to travel solo. We hope you enjoy it and this is hopefully the first of many more collaborations to come.
One of the main things that initially brought us together was our love of travel and our desire to explore the world and all it has to offer. We decided to commit to going to as many cities and countries we can pretty early on in our relationship and so far, we’ve been to over 30 cities together, stayed in numerous hotels, eaten in multiple restaurants and shared some unbelievable experiences. Having said that, there are some definite advantages and disadvantages of traveling as a couple and there are lots of lessons we have learnt thus far.
Being a tourist can be dangerous sometimes. The chances of being scammed, robbed and just generally taken advantage of are even greater when you’re a tourist in an unfamiliar place. But when you’re traveling with a partner, you are less likely to be targeted as there is safety in numbers. With G, I feel that I have a safety blanket because we can be on the lookout together and I know that I have someone to rely on in dangerous situations.
You really get to know each other
Traveling can be great for relationships because you are constantly together so you really get to know one another on a deeper level. You also get to know each other’s habits due to the amount of time you spend together. For example, I only discovered just how OCD G is about time keeping when we went on our first holiday together! The amount of time spent together only strengthens your bond, which is great thing.
Things are cheaper
The cost of airfare, train fare, hotels, food and excursions, is shared between two people so the financial pressure is decreased.
You can sometimes be on the road for months when traveling and, it can get quite lonely when you’re alone but when couple traveling, there is always someone to talk to and to share the trials and tribulations with.
Another pro? Having a personal photographer on hand to get those great shots, instead of risking your camera by asking a stranger to take your picture. I didn’t really appreciate this until we went to Iceland and G took some AMAZING pictures of me and I was grateful to have him there for that.
As great and fun as it can be to travel the world together, there are some disadvantages of traveling as a couple.
As great as it can be to have a companion, we are hardly ever apart when traveling and being together constantly can take its toll because people need their space! Not having space can sometimes lead to arguments, which is not good.
As there are two individuals who have different views of the world, we can, at times disagree about things such itinerary, the amount of money to spend, which sights to see, where to eat and many other things. Arguing when you’re at home is bad but arguing when on holiday is worse. The most important thing is to make up and forgive quickly, as your time is too precious and short to be spent being annoyed with another person.
Top tips for traveling as a couple
- Give Each other Space – Sometimes we need space to do our own thing, whether that’s Reading a book or eating. It’s important to recognise when your other half needs some time to themselves and for you to communicate when you would like some alone time.
- Trust – When traveling, you have to trust that the other person isn’t suddenly going to steal your passport and money and run off with it. No, trust each other because when you’re so far away from home, you need someone to rely on. Your relationship will only thrive if you have trust.
- Forgive Quickly – It’s so easy to get into stupid arguments sometimes. I remember on our first night in Iceland, we couldn’t decide where to eat so we spent that night in our hotel room, hungry and annoyed at each other. We should have just apologised and found something to eat but we wasted that whole night because we didn’t forgive quickly. So realise which battles are worth fighting and which ones aren’t because time is precious and you can’t spent it being mad at someone.
Overall, there are many more pros and cons of traveling as a couple. For me personally, having G as my traveling companion is great. He is so loving, organised, enthusiastic and protective and despite the fact the he can NEVER decide what to eat, I love the fact that we get to see world and share so many experiences together. There is no right or wrong way of traveling, whether that’s solo or as a couple do what works for you and enjoy the journey.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic whether you’re a solo traveler or are in a couple. You can contact us on any of the channels below.
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