There are certain experiences that inevitably strengthen the bond of any relationship. Traveling together is one of them. This may seem obvious at first – because of course traveling together can mark an important chapter in your lives. Having a good time and sharing incredible memories are bound to make you happier in your relationship. But there are some less obvious (but equally important) ways that traveling together can help you grow as a couple. Here are three important ways traveling the world together will strengthen your relationship:
1. Encourages you to talk about money
There comes a time in every relationship when you have to talk about things that may make you uncomfortable; and for lots of us, that includes money. Traveling together forces you to address some financial questions – like can we afford this? What kind of budget do we want to have for this (if any)? And who is going to pay for what? For some couples answering these questions may be easy, especially if you’ve already discussed issues around financial management. But if you’ve just started dating or in general feel uncomfortable discussing money, these questions may be more challenging. Wherever you start, it’s important to be honest and open (both about your financial situation as well as your feelings about financial management in general). If you cannot afford to drop five grand on a weeklong cruise around the Bahamas, don’t say you can. And when your partner discloses information about his or her financial situation, take that seriously and respect what they tell you. Discussing these issues honestly and openly will help you better understand each other’s financial management styles as well as see what will work best for you as a couple. Not only will this help prevent awkwardness or tension from building in the long-term, but it can also break down the walls around other difficult issues (money related or otherwise).
2. Makes you appreciate each other’s strengths and weaknesses & shows how you best work as a team
There’s no doubt that traveling introduces you to new adventures in every way – most good; some more challenging. Whether you’re dealing with a delayed flight or just figuring out how to get from point A to B, facing issues outside of your normal routine can help you uncover things you may not have known about each other. When faced with different situations, you’ll learn and appreciate each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and, most importantly, how best you deal with these issues together as a team. Maybe one of you is better at planning. Maybe the other is better at staying calm in stressful situations. These realizations will carry over into your everyday life and ultimately work to strengthen your relationship as you continue to appreciate these qualities in your partner every day.
3. Helps you realize your relationship exists outside of your ‘normal’ life
Speaking of your normal routine… At home, your relationship lives within a happy bubble, surrounded by those who love and support you and by the natural environment in which you know your relationship thrives. It’s easy to get caught up in everyday ‘life’. You forget that there’s a whole big world out there; and your happy bubble makes up only a fraction of it. Traveling together will help you realize that your relationship can thrive no matter where you are. Whether at home or abroad. Your evening walks in Central Park could easily be evening talks in Park Güell; your date nights at your favorite hole in the wall down the street are the same whether in New York City or Barcelona. Because when it comes down to it – what makes these experiences special is each other. And that recognition in and of itself will reinforce the value of your relationship – which exists beyond the borders that you travel across together.
The best thing you could give each other is a lifetime of adventure. So why not a lifetime of adventure exploring the world together? You won’t regret it.