Travel Tips for Couples
Bae·ca·tion ⠂bāˈkāSH(ə)n,vəˈkāSH(ə)n/ ⠂an extended period of recreation and traveling spent with your significant other (bae)
A baecation is the perfect way for you and your significant other (bae) to reconnect. You get to spend time exploring, eating, and trying new things together. But traveling with your boo can be quite stressful. Whether you’re blaming one another for forgetting to pack the travel toothbrushes or trying to decide which beach to hit that day, there’s bound to be a few tiffs. Today, I am sharing some of my foolproof tips for having a stress free baecation.
Tip: The first thing you should book is your lodging and transportation. After that, look into activities that get booked up very quickly (Broadway shows, music concerts, etc). Hold off on booking activities that may be affected by the weather. You do not want to waste your money only to have your activity ruined by rain, wind, or extreme heat.
Experience: A friend of mine recently visited NYC. She purchased her Broadway show tickets two months in advance but held off on purchasing Empire State Building tickets just in case the weather changed - there was a terrible rainstorm that weekend and she saved herself $200.
Go With the Flow
If you are anything like me, you like to plan in advance. Whenever we go on vacation, I plan out our accommodations, car rentals, meals, activities, etc. so we can pack as much into one trip as possible. This can become stressful especially when the days do not go exactly as planned.
Tip: Leave at least one day of your trip for relaxation and/or spontaneous activities.
My Experience: While we were in Los Angeles, my fiance and I were spending the day lounging in our Airbnb when someone tweeted about a local comedy show. We decided to go that very night and cracked up - this is one of our most memorable activities from that trip.
Tip: Be prepared to compromise. Be open. The whole point of a baecation is to relax and enjoy each other’s company, not bicker about what to eat that night.
Do You, Boo!
Tip: Take some time to separate from each other. This may seem odd considering the fact that you took a trip together but absence truly does make the heart grow fonder.
My Experience: A good friend of mine recently visited NYC. While she went to the spa, her significant other explored the city. They agreed on a meetup time and location later in the day and enjoyed the rest of their vacation together.
Try New Things
Of course, you should take the time to enjoy activities that you are both equally interested in. But for a moment, indulge in each other's guilty pleasures.
Tip: If your significant other is a thrill seeker, go skydiving with them - you can watch from the ground or join them in the sky. If your significant other is a gourmet cheese connoisseur, go with them to the local cheesery. Exploring each other's hobbies and interests will bring you closer to each other.
My Experience: Although I’m not an avid follower of basketball, my fiance took me to a Miami Heat game and we had a blast!
Do you prefer traveling solo or as a couple? Why?