They say you never truly know someone until you travel with them and boy oh boy is that true! Traveling with your partner is one of the best things you can do in your relationship, it takes you out of your comfort zones, away from your safety nets and makes you face situations you may never had to.
Traveling together means you’ll be in each other faces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with nowhere to hide. If you haven’t lived together or known the person for long, you will be the end of the trip!
THEIR ANNOYING HABITS
Annoying habits will raise their ugly heads throughout the trip. It could be anything from biting fingernails to counting the number of tiles in the bathroom.
THEIR TASTE IN MUSIC
Music is a vital part of any road trip. If you’re lucky you might have the same taste in music and live happily ever after or like my partner they may have to endure listening to Adele on repeat trying desperately to hang onto their sanity.
HOW THEY HANDLE BOREDOM
Long boring waits are all in the name of travel. Long flights, long lines, long train trips and long road trips – it’s inevitable, you’ll discover pretty quickly just how well your partner handles boredom. Depending on their mood at the time they might be fun and really good company or they could be the opposite… If the latter, this is a good time to be aware of their buttons you just shouldn’t push.
IF THEY FIT YOUR TRAVEL STYLE
Are you the kind of person who is out exploring at 6 am whereas your partner normally surfaces closer to noon? Or are you adventurous and want to do all the thrill seeker activities when your partner would rather visit every museum? It’s completely okay to have days by yourself to do the things that interest you but not your partner. Otherwise, there’s the magic word: compromise!
HOW THEY HANDLE TRAVEL MISHAPS
Will they make a big scene if they can’t check in early? Become a completely unhelpful blubbering mess when you miss your connecting flight or will they take charge and have things fixed no problem? Traveling can bring out the best and worse in people. How they handle these situations will give you a huge insight on how they handle important situations in the future.
THEIR SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
Ahh, the good old window seat debate. You’ll be faced with this dilemma throughout the trip so it’s best to sort it out early. A Little tip, if you can’t decide who sits where, take turns.
As mentioned in point three you’ll be facing long travel days and find out pretty quickly there’s only so much deodorant can cover. Baby wipes can be life savers!
THEIR SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS
I for one cannot sleep on the right side of the bed, I just can’t. I’ll lay awake for hours tossing and turning. One night I resorted to rolling Tom over to the other side of the bed just so I could fit in a few hours sleep before the alarm went off. Sort this out at the beginning of the trip to avoid any sleepless nights.