If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, I love to travel with my husband. As I move forward with my endeavors, I’ll travel a lot more without my him but the trips we take together are really something I look forward to eagerly. These trips are our escape together usually and I really feel as though travel improves relationships.
When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. While travel can be stressful, frustrating, and presents some interesting obstacles at times, it is also a great way to learn to be with your loved one. By traveling you learn so much more about a person. For instance, you learn how that person handles trying situations and how you both interact with one another through these trials. Nevertheless, according to the US Travel Association, traveling with a loved one can actually strengthen your relationship. I suppose travel could really make or break a relationship but I tend to think it contributes to a healthier relationship.
Our first big trip together was to Ireland. We dated for about 5 months before that first trip and the idea of going on a vacation together to a foreign country was really exciting. The trip turned out great and it was during this trip that we learned a little more about each other. Alfred realized that I was adventurous and I learned that he was much more grounded than I imagined. Due to my desire for exciting, new experiences, he learned to be more open to spur of the moment activities. Meanwhile, I learned to appreciate those low-key, relaxed moments that Alfred enjoys.
And not everything will be roses and rainbows during a trip. Of course, arguments and disagreements will come up. We are two different people after all. Sometimes a person just needs space and it’s important to honor that most basic need. But overall travel improves relationships and really helps us learn to enjoy our time together and apart.
Here are a few ways travel improves our relationships making them better and stronger.
When we travel, we hope everything will go perfectly; our flights won’t be delayed, no one becomes ill, and not one argument will occur. But we don’t live in a perfect world. These things happen…along with so many other possibilities. Traveling with my husband helps us learn to deal with unexpected set-backs in an effective manner. We are usually thousands of miles away from home and we have no choice. It’s either work through them or we set ourselves up for failure. Needless to say, we’ve learned to work through most problems pretty well.
2) Bonding Time/humility
Traveling is all about new experiences and incredible sites. Experiencing both of these with my husband definitely helps me grow closer to him. When you are standing at the edge of the Cliffs of Moher or you climb a giant mountain or you watch whales as they feed together, you are bound to feel a lot closer to the person you are with…especially if you love that person. Not only that, but seeing these sights and experiencing other cultures really brings a sense of humility to our relationship. We realize how unimportant many of our disagreements are and learn to appreciate our time together.
I feel like romance and travel go hand in hand. I’m not one to use the term romance but I’d be remiss if I didn’t include it here. Standing at the top of Eiffel Tower at night or hiking to a lookout together is exciting and romantic. Traveling with my husband has really help keep our love alive. When we travel, it feels as though we are two free spirits choosing to stick with one another and even the most mundane or normal moments can be romantic.
4) Future Plans
This one is important to us though it might not be as important to everyone. When we go on a trip it is exciting and we have tons of fun while creating new memories together. Upon our return home, we begin discussing our next trip. Planning a new trip gives something to look forward to and helps us remember that soon enough we will escape our day-to-day lives yet again for some adventure.
I don’t know what it is about traveling but heading out on an adventure definitely creates desire. Our life in that department is pretty good even while at home but traveling creates situations in which we are able to explore more. Not only that, but when we are separated for a period of time, we definitely miss each other a lot. It makes our reunion that much better and helps us to see what we may typically take for granted otherwise. That old saying “distance makes the heart grow fonder” is true.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you believe travel improves relationships?
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