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Traveling As A Couple: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Whether you're in a brand new relationship or have been together for a while, traveling with your partner can be an experience of a lifetime.

You get to share your love for the world, dive into new cultures, and make memories you wouldn't want to make with anyone else. While traveling as a couple can be exceptionally romantic, it can also have its downfalls. At times you might find yourself having a Lady and the Tramp moment with a plate of spaghetti in Italy; at other times you could be tangled in petty arguments with your significant other.

So how do you navigate the waters when traveling as a couple? Here is our take on the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how to make sure your travels are stress free.

The good.

Traveling as a couple creates an entirely new experience different than if you traveled solo. It takes the pressure off of planning by giving you someone to share the responsibilities with. It is also cheaper to travel with a partner because you can split the costs of hotel rooms, taxi fares, drinks and food. You also have someone there to look out for you, whether it's keeping an eye on pick-pocketers or taking care of you if you're feeling under the weather. Best of all, you have someone to make memories with who can encourage you to explore new places you wouldn't have gone to by yourself.

The bad…and the ugly.

It's no secret traveling and planning vacations can be stressful. Life on the road is more intense and can strain any relationship, and it's partly due to being together constantly. You're living together, dining together, driving together, exploring together, etcetera. You can find yourself rehashing old feelings and getting into petty fights during long car rides. Not to mention, your partner's quirks, habits, and pet peeves are amplified.

So what can be done to make sure your relationship survives your travels? Communicate and work as a team. If you find yourself in conflict, more likely than not, you will squash the problem faster on the road than at home because you are always together. Communicating with your partner is the best way to keep your relationship thriving.

Traveling gives you the opportunity to learn more about your partner and to find a good groove to exist in. It's also important to make time for your personal space. Respect what each other wants to do and take an hour or a day to explore on your own. Time alone is important for your sanity and for the survival of your relationship.

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