You really learn a lot about your significant other when you go on your first trip together, for better or for worse. Here are my quick tips to help make that first trip together memorable for the enjoyable moments rather than the conflicts.
Keep the Conversation Light
My first couple’s vacation involved an eight hour drive. At some point, my now-fiance and I started talking about controversial topics and we had each taken the opposing sides of the issue. Eventually, we had to stop at a rest area, walk it off, and agree to disagree. Learn from my mistake and try to keep the conversation light and amiable. There’s a time and a place for debate and that’s not in the car while you are on vacation!
Pack the Snacks
Hunger can bring out the worst in a person. I learned to never go on a car trip without some snacks kept in an easily accessible location. You never know when you or your significant other will get hungry and, in my experience, satisfying the hunger can avoid a lot of conflict. Protein snacks are usually my go-to snack since they satisfies hunger for longer.
Have a Plan Before You Leave
My fiance and I did not have a plan for what we wanted to do when we went on our vacation. It ended up causing problems because we each wanted to do different things. We were also each getting more and more frustrated because we were wasting our vacation time trying to agree on what to do.
To make matters worse, we had not previously discussed what we were willing to spend on entertainment. Did we want to go to a theme park? Well, we weren’t sure if we were comfortable spending more money! All of those problems could have been avoided if we had come up with some sort of plan before we ever left home.
Bring Any Medicine or Remedies that You Might Need
I am a frequent migraine sufferer. More than once, migraines have spoiled my fun and left me bored and suffering while everyone else was out making memories. So, if you have a go-to remedy or preferred medication to help a condition that you’re afraid might ruin any fun, make sure to bring it with you, especially on your first couples vacation. Vacations are about making memories, not suffering from something that may have been avoided!