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 to dangerous to visit. I don’t have enough time to Travel! 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 Valentine’s Day 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
Today’s Guestblogger is Australian born horse rider and hula hooper, Chantell. She is the co-founder and writer of Adoration 4 adventure.
Adoration 4 adventure is a budget travel website centered on an Australian and an American who aretraveling the world and sharing their stories.
A late starter, Chantell went on her first plane at 21 and first international trip at 24. Since then she has traveled to over 30 countries as well as lived in the United States and Brazil.
Currently residing in Vancouver, Canada, her dreams are to become fluent in Portuguese and travel to every country in the world.
HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD WHILST IN A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP
In January 2015, I met a charming American man at a hostel in Cambodia. Darrell and I were instantly smitten and decided to travel together throughout South East Asia. As that magical trip came to an end and we were both due to return to our respective home countries, we knew that we didn’t want our relationship to finish too. A quick plan was hashed out to do the dreaded long distance with Darrell coming to visit me in Oz and, a few months later, I would fly to the states. There was just one problem – I had already been planning a European backpacking trip that summer.
SHOULD YOU TRAVEL WHILST IN A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP?
I have known of other couples in similar situation. Some have decided to travel together, others have cancelled their trip altogether in favor of staying at home with their new beau. As much as Darrell would have loved to backpack around Europe with me, this trip wouldn’t be possible for him due to timing and budget constraints. Darrell and I are travel enthusiasts and love the freedom of backpacking. We had both been traveling solo when we met and knew that we would never want to hold the other back from going on future trips. In the end, we decided that I would come to Dallas for a few weeks first then head to Europe for two months before returning to my man. It was a great compromise, as we got to travel together before I left – taking a Caribbean cruise and two US road trips. I then set off for Europe, with tears in my eyes as I kissed Darrell goodbye at the DFW Departure gate.
TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
The first week was hard, although I was ecstatic to be in Scotland, I was missing my boyfriend terribly and the jetlag didn’t help. Darrell supported me the whole way through, as he knew that I would always regret wasting my trip feeling sorry for myself. I pushed through and as the jetlag subsided my mood improved. Long distance is tough. Long distance while traveling is even tougher. Between time zone differences, dodgy (or sometimes non-existent) Wi-Fi connections and long days filled with activities that stretched into the night – it was hard to keep constant communication going. We Skyped as often as possible, sent each other photos, silly jokes and anecdotes about our days.
TRAVEL WILL STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP
It was a challenge – but we survived it! As much as I missed Darrell, I loved that trip! And I was so grateful to him for supporting me in taking it, even though he couldn’t come with me. It has made our relationship stronger and we have both gone on to do other solo trips. Darrell traveling to Houston and Seattle, while I was in Vancouver. Myself taking a two week trip back to Australia and a week in Central America. Of course it is always great to travel with a loved one if you can but it is also important not to let the excuse of one of you being busy to stop the other from taking the trip that you have been dreaming of. Go out there and make the most of 2016! There is so much world to explore!