Why it is Better to Travel the World as a Couple

Why it is better to travel the world as a couple

Let’s make 2016, the year you Travel the World! I am always surprised by the amount of excuses people come up with that supposedly prevent them from Travelling. Most people do have at least a couple of doubts and fears when it comes to Travel.

I’m certainly no stranger to the occasional moment of uncertainty. Should I really spend so much money on this trip? Wouldn’t it be better if I saved that money for rainy days? I don’t have enough time to plan this Trip! This country is far too dangerous to visit. I don’t have enough time to Travel! We can’t travel the world as a couple!

That’s why  I have launched a series on this blog in which I will regularly feature Guest Posts from experienced Travelers. These articles will help you banish those silly excuses to the far flung end of your mind. Hopefully, my Guest Bloggers will be able to qualm your nerves and inspire YOU to travel more in 2016!

Now, I’m very excited about this series because not only will it be an informational piece for you guys, but it will also be an informational piece for me!  After all, we are in this together!

Today in Celebration of the month of Love we are tackling the issue “I am in a Serious Relationship! I cannot leave my Boyfriend or Girlfriend back home. I should have done this when I was single.”. I have connected with a couple of Travel Bloggers that will prove to you that you are wrong. Oh so wrong! And along the way, they will also give you their Best Advice, Hints and Tricks on how to Travel the World whether you are in a relationship or single.


BIO & INTRO


Why it is better to travel as a couple

Today’s Guestblogger is Welsh born adventurer, Vicky. She is the founder and writer of The Travelling Tortoise. Both Vicky and her partner James love travelling and exploring the world. They have been together for almost 7 years. This loved-up couple recently returned from a 10 month trip to South East Asia and a 4 month trip to South America. Settling back into real life was difficult. They did, however. land on their feet and relocated to Copenhagen about 6 months ago. Both are proud to call this wonderful city their new home. The next trip, however, is just around the corner – starting with Nepal.

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WHY IT IS BETTER TO TRAVEL THE WORLD AS A COUPLE


My boyfriend and I had been together nearly five years when we jumped on the plane to embark on one of our first travelling adventures to South East Asia in 2013. We had a one way plane ticket, two nights in a hostel booked and a very rough plan of a route we would take Exploring Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia over the following six months. We ended up extending our trip to three more countries over four extra months. We have since been on a further four month trip to South America in early 2015 and are currently living in Copenhagen while James undertakes his post-graduate studies.  

We both worked hard putting money into our savings account over a two year period whilst still living with our parents to minimise outgoings and maximise savings. I know it is not always easy to save money but we have met other couples in different circumstances, ranging from couples with mortgages to newly weds on their extended honeymoon and if your situation will allow you to save and you want to travel, start putting the pennies away now..

Why it is better to travel the world as a couple
James and I at Machu Picchu

TRAVEL WILL STRENGTHEN YOUR BOND

A few months prior to starting our South East Asia travelling adventure James and I had quite a bad patch in our relationship. We were actually deciding whether or not to stay together and whether to go travelling if we did. After numerous conversations we decided we would stick to the plan to leave in July 2013 and it was the best decision we made. Spending lots of time together and experiencing so many new things was exactly what we needed and it made us so much closer as a couple.  

Why it is better to travel the world as a couple - Checking out the view close to Da Lat in Vietnam
Checking out the view close to Da Lat in Vietnam

TWO SETS OF INCOME ARE BETTER THAN ONE

There are many benefits to having someone to share your travelling experiences with. For a start you have 2 sets of incomes to save with and although there will be two of you travelling mostly the cost will work our cheaper, especially for accommodation we were able to get private double rooms for cheaper than two hostel beds in most places.

YOU WILL HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

We found travelling as a twosome gave us a lot more confidence in trying out new things and getting a bit more off the beaten track. By having the confidence to explore further a field we discovered some beautiful places which aren’t mentioned a great deal in the guidebooks. We might not have gone to some on these if we were on our own, but as a couple we felt safer together and went to places like Bukit Lawang in Sumatra, Indonesia.  It took us a flight and three buses to get there which I don’t think either of us would have done solo but we loved it so much we ended up staying for a whole week..

Why it is better to travel the world as a couple - Having a little 'Zen' moment in the Sumartran Jungle
Having a little 'Zen' moment in the Sumartran Jungle

TRAVELLING AS A COUPLE WILL BROADEN YOUR HORIZON

Having a second person around can also help provide diversity to the trip. Your partner might suggest going to visit something or go somewhere you wouldn’t normally think twice about, it might turn out not that great or you could have a fantastic time but either way at least you have broadened your horizons and tried it.

DON’T FORGET TO SOCIALISE AS A TRAVELLING COUPLE

We also found it was pretty easy to meet people when there are two of you, I think sometimes it can seem quite daunting to approach a couple but this all depends how your body language is really. If you seem open, chatty and friendly then people will come and talk to you and on the other hand you have to be open to approaching people and starting conversations. Remember part of travelling is meeting new people and ensuring you don’t get stuck in a rut where you are only really speaking to your partner.

James and I with Tommy and Karen, a lovely couple we met and remain friends with

YOUR MEMORIES WILL LAST FAR LONGER

I absolutely loved having James around to talk to, support me, and share all the great things the world has to offer. It was lovely to have someone around once you finished your trip and makes the transition of getting back to ‘real’ life easier. I found it helps to make your trip ‘live on,’ it is great to have someone to reminisce with and to remind you of the crazy things you ate, seen or done together.

Why it is better to travel the world as a couple - The highest point of our trip in South America 5078m
The highest point of our trip in South America 5078m, I'm not sure I would have got to the top without James' encouraging words

In my experience travelling with my ‘partner in crime’ is amazing, I personally think it made my experience better.Travelling with your partner is hard but so rewarding. Any downside that travelling as a couple may bring there will definitely be an upside. If you feel that travelling with your loved one will work then go for it, there will definitely be ups and downs but you will work through them and come out stronger. Do not let the fears or excuses hold you back from such a great experience.

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12 Comments

  1. February 29, 2016 / 12:56 am

    I’m with you… definitely, travel with your partner than solo;) It’s either you make the relationship work or break… either way, it’s for the best:)

  2. February 20, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Good honest comment about your traveling/blogging experiences. Well done!

  3. February 19, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    I mostly travel with Justin! I prefer it this way as I like us to experience everything together. There are times where I travel alone, too, but I like it best with him 🙂

  4. February 19, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I love this. I travel almost every trip with the boyfriend as we started dating while traveling and our love of travel brought us together.

  5. February 19, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Great article!
    Thank you 🙂

  6. February 19, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    James and Vicky look like a great couple. It’s so amazing when you can share your passion for travel with your partner. I hope I can experience it someday 🙂 I like travelling alone too, but sometimes I think having this kind of “reassurence” by my side would help me be a bit more adventurous on my trips

  7. February 19, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Many benefits from traveling as a couple! I have been single almost my whole life, I dont know much about traveling as a couple but it seems like an amazing experience!

  8. February 19, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    I’ve been traveling with my husband for over 34 years, starting before we were married. He’s definitely my favorite traveling companion and our shared trips are an important, cherished part of our history as a couple. When I started dating an exhausted medical intern working over 80 hours per week, we didn’t realize that his career as a physician – scientist would result in so many travel opportunities. We’ve been to 35 countries and 6 continents as he collaborates with researchers around the world.

  9. February 19, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    I agree with all of this! I am in a long distance relationship and travel is the thing that holds us together. Thanks for sharing!

  10. February 19, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Travelling as a couple is amazing – definitely right about the memories lasting longer if you have someone to reminisce with 😀

  11. February 19, 2016 / 3:03 am

    Wonderful post! Such beautiful pictures. I think it would be a great idea to travel with someone as you will have someone to share the experience

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