So you are excited, maybe even feeling a few butterflies about taking your first vacation together as a couple. But just like any other vacation or life experience, things may not go as planned. What started out as plans for a romantic getaway may turn into a disaster. Here are tips to survive your first vacation together as a couple.
Location Is Everything
Do not just assume that your partner knows what you want when going on your first vacation together. Do not just say “Surprise me!” You can both end up having a miserable time if you fail to decide on a travel destination together. Suppose your partner plans a trip where you will spend a good amount of time hiking through a regional or national park area known for its trees, wildlife and plants. It will not be much fun if you are allergic to many types of weeds, grasses and plants. Or suppose you did all the planning and decided on a lovely trip to a casino resort only to find out that you are the only one who gambles?
Plan the location and events together. If you are not sure where to go for your romantic vacation, perhaps “Top 5 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.,” featured on The Nest, will help the two of you choose the perfect destination.
Creative Planning Will Help You Survive the Vacation
Especially on the first vacation together, you do not want to get the idea that it is just to lay between the sheets the whole time. Smarter Traveling says that while the focus of the vacation may be about being romantic, you should plan other activities, “Else, you will miss the point of going to another place, because you might as well do it in the comforts of your own home.” Marie Clare offers the suggestion that each of you should take turns choosing activities and events. That way, you are much more likely to not only enjoy the scenery and activities, but to relax and enjoy each other.
The first vacation as a couple will serve as a milestone in your relationship and something you will look back on later. So focus on each other but be sure to spend time engaging in creative activities outside of what you can do every day at home.
Be Open to New Things and Ideas
You do not want to spoil the vacation and perhaps even the relationship by refusing to take part. Be open to new activities that you have never done before, unless there is a serious reason not to do a certain activity or eat a certain type of food. If you are allergic to seafood, it is probably a good thing that you do not try lobster or crab legs for the first time. But do try things like new foods that you just have not had the opportunity to enjoy, go to the museum, the spa, or beach for the very first time or ride the biggest, baddest roller coaster in the amusement park. Trust that no matter the activities you try for the first time that both of you will be there to support and protect the other one.
If you are going to be driving to your romantic vacation destination, it is imperative to plan carefully when it comes to actual driving. A long trip during rush hour or where there are delays due to road construction will not only contribute to a significant delay in getting to your destination, it can contribute to spoiling your fun together. Plan ahead and travel when there are fewer cars on the road. Plan a route where there is little or no construction so that when you arrive at your hotel, you will not be too tired, irritable and moody due to frustration over the long delay.