“In Life, It’s Not Where You Go, It’s Who You Travel With” – Charles Schulz

I've been traveling for 7 years with the same guy. My life partner. And I will tell you something ... There are countries, towns, beaches, shops and even football games that would never be my first (or my tenth) choice if I was traveling alone. But for good luck I do not travel alone. Because all the magic in traveling with your partner is to go to places, do things, taste dishes that you will not even know that you may like it if there was not this person to convince you of it. Traveling with your mate can teach you a lot about yourself, your partner and your relationship. And that's why I'll give you 10 reasons to travel with your partner.

You share memories

One of the best things about traveling is that create memories that accompany you for a lifetime. If you ask me, there is nothing more beautiful than sharing the same memories with the person sitting next to you. Because there are some travel experiences like that sunset in Hawaii or that tropical storm in the Sri Lankan jungle that look even more enchanting when you have someone to share them with than when you tell them to a stranger.

Travel strengthen your relationship

When traveling with your partner, you have dozens of challenges, experiences and inconveniences that will help you develop a bond that is much stronger than the bond which is created between you two when you watching movies on the couch. Whether you spend a night in the desert in a Bedouin tent or wander lost in a big city like Paris, the experiences you share on your trip as a couple give you plenty of opportunities to develop and strengthen your relationship.

Learn each other's interests

As much as you know someone, there's always something new you can find out about him, especially if you're traveling away from the comfort of your home. When you spend every single minute of the day together exploring a new place, you will see what is that makes the other happy, with what he smiles, what excites him, what can make his eyes glow. And may, it is something that will make your own eyes glow too even if you did not expect it.

Share your frustration and anxiety

During trips you will often have to face many new situations that can cause great frustration or anxiety. I can remember a lost mobile on a train from Barcelona to Figueres, a camera that was destroyed in Rome, an airplane arriving in Kuwait with a 5-hour delay, while at that time we should already be in a plane to Sri Lanka. I can remember more ... But when you are with your partner, this frustration and stress will be halved and the problems look smaller. Anyway, two minds are better than one.

Learn your partner's character

They say that if you want to test your relationship, the best way to do it is to travel. And they are right. The trip will not always be entertaining and carefree. Difficult and undesirable situations, accidents, illnesses will arise. All these problems will give you the opportunity to see how your partner reacts in difficult moments and how he handles these situations. And you will learn things about him that might take you months in your normal life.

Increasing intimacy between you

According to a survey by the Travel Association, 77% of people traveling with their partner agreed that travel has significantly increased intimacy between each other. These couples also feel happier, while romance between them is more intense. This is because during a trip you can see your partner as he really is without the stress and intensity of everyday life, which will make you connect with your mate more closely.

Learn to make compromises

Compromises play a big part in a happy and healthy relationship and even greater on a trip. But in order not to misunderstand, I do not mean to abandon your own needs and desires for someone else's sake, but to compromise in a healthy and positive way, meaning that both of you will sacrifice something insignificant to get something you think Important. In any case, compromises start from the moment you start planning a trip, where and when you will go, where you will stay and what you will eat. Through traveling, you will learn that compromises are part of a relationship.

You save money

Money is quite important during the trip. When traveling with your partner, many things will be much cheaper than if you were traveling alone. Traveling with someone enables you to share the cost of your meal, transport, activities and hotels. Besides, if you can manage your money on vacation, you can do it easily and back home.

Never get bored

And now you think, who is bored on vacation? And yet, during your travel there will be many such moments. There will be flights that last longer than 10 hours, there will be stopovers, there will be endless train routes, there will be museums where you have to wait more than 1 hour to enter. And at these moments, you want to have next to you a partner who will make you laugh, who will tell you a story, who will give you a hug.

Wherever you are you feel like home

Sometimes when we travel frequently or when we are away for a long time we may feel that we are missing our home. Wherever you are, however, when you have your partner next to you, you will never feel that you are missing your home. And that's because you know your home is where your heart is and your heart is there next to you.

Remember, "Couples traveling together stay together".

Daphne Giannouli

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