Traveling with the one you love is magical. I’m sure no one needs to be convinced of that, but did you realize how vital it is to building a healthier and happier relationship? Whether you’re engaged, bringing up baby, or coming up on your 25th anniversary, traveling together offers you an opportunity to connect in a way you never could at home. Here are 10 reasons to travel as a couple. And remember, getting away is easier than you think…
1. Unites You As A Team
Too often in our day-to-day lives, the pressures and worries of the world cause us to experience a power struggle with our mate. The need to be right or the need to win an argument or the need to choose which restaurant you go to for dinner. All silly things that when you step back and realize your love for the other person you understand how little “winning” matters in a relationship. When you travel together, you both move outside your comfort zones and become vulnerable. New experiences and maneuvering through the unknown forces you to depend on one another, to trust one another, to form a unified team with the same goals and same vision. It’s empowering to see how much more strength you have as a pair than you ever did alone and it forms a bond that will continue to unite you even when you return home.
2. Learn and Grow Together
There are so many things to see, places to explore, people to meet, and treasures to discover while traveling. When you travel with the one you love, you have the opportunity to experience it all together for the first time. With every new discovery or new experience, you begin to grow together and even learn new things about each other in the process (and you thought you knew everything about each other didn’t you?).
3. Return to One’s Self
Nothing makes you feel more like yourself than the freedom and space to explore. It allows you to brush off all the worries and responsibilities weighing you down and just embrace every moment as it comes. When we’re able to return to ourselves, we connect with our partners in such a real and genuine way that perhaps brings us back to why we fell in love in the first place.
4. Experience Intimacy
Let’s be honest, traveling is romantic…therefore…we become more romantic while traveling. Something about the care-free feeling of discovering new places, experiencing new things, and truly relaxing that brings out your affectionate side. Add in a luxurious private villa to make you feel like the only 2 people on Earth and voilà! Nothing refreshes a relationship quite like romance and intimacy so if it takes traveling to an exotic location to reignite that spark, so be it!
5. Show Off Your Adventurous Side
It is far more likely that you will try new things while traveling than when at home. New opportunities are everywhere and if you come across a once in a lifetime experience, why not take the plunge?! Perhaps you’ll surprise yourself with what you are capable of or better yet, surprise your partner with something they never thought you’d do! Keep each other on your toes and life will never be boring.
6. Focus On Each Other
Focusing on one thing, let alone one person, in this day and age seems impossible at times. We are never off the grid, never not making lists in our head, never stopping to simply reflect on the person sitting next to us on the couch. It’s not impossible to do at home, but it is extremely difficult. Traveling is the one escape that let’s you unplug. It gives you permission to not be glued to a device and to just…well…BE. Having the time and energy to devote to your mate can be just the thing he or she has been missing from you.
7. Create New Memories
Building beautiful new memories as a couple is what holds us together. It even has the power to shut out the old not-so-lovely memories we hold onto. The more new experiences you have together, the more beautiful and deep your story becomes. It is a proven fact that people who collect experiences are happier than people who collect things. Though material gifts can make for a kind gesture, what you remember for a lifetime are the experiences you share and the memories you build along the way. Consider foregoing those big Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, even “Push” presents and fund an experience that will add to your already beautiful story.
8. Get Inspired
Inspiration doesn’t always come easy and often we don’t even know where to look for it. Inspiration comes through new ideas, new places, and new conversations. Once you get comfortable where you are at, there are few experiences left to fuel inspiration. Exploring uncharted territory will without a doubt inspire you, but what’s the fun of being inspired alone? Having a partner to share in your inspiration is one of the greatest joys in the world. You may be inspired by the same things or perhaps inspire each other by the unique way you view each experience.
9. Laugh More
They say laughter is the best medicine and boy are they right. Laughter is healing but it is also a valuable habit to learn in a relationship. Nothing teaches you to not sweat the small stuff and laugh before you cry like traveling. Whether you lose your passport, forget to pack your undies, get lost in a new city, or have it rain down on you the entire trip, there is only so much you can control. If you can learn to laugh in these little moments and make the best of these bumps along the way, it will bond you with one another to pull through and also probably make for a hilarious inside joke you’ll keep for a lifetime. Because you are friends first right? So share a good laugh, hold each other up, and continue on stronger than before.
10. Share Deep Conversation
How often do you sit across the table from one another and just talk? Not about a problem at work, or your finances, or while the TV is blaring in the background. I mean really good life talks, you know? There is something so igniting to a relationship when you have those deep discussions. When you’re on vacation together, at first it may seem odd to just sit there, nothing much to say, nothing else to distract you, but as the night goes on over exciting new food, good wine, and ambiance to kill, it suddenly just happens. You begin to dive in deep to really understand each other right where they are. Their hopes, their fears, and even their hidden dreams for the future. It’s in those moments that we share our secrets with one another, and it brings us closer than ever before. There really isn’t anything sweeter!