That being said, preparing for a road trip is not as easy as packing your bags, starting the car, and hitting the road. There’s a lot more to be done before you leave the house, from making sure your car is in check to create a travel itinerary to planning a romantic surprise for your spouse. Here’s a list of things you need to keep in mind when embarking on a first-time trip after tying the knot.
Find a destination you’re both interested in visiting
Many of us have a list of countries we’d like to visit one day, and chances are that your partner has one, as well. On the other hand, some of us don’t really plan ahead and just go with the flow, selecting our travel destinations spontaneously.
Nevertheless, you need to make sure that you select a destination that both of you are interested in. If you can’t agree on one when you first try to decide, don’t give up. Instead, make a list of at least ten places you’re eager to see, check which ones match, and decide accordingly.
Discuss your budget beforehand
Where you go and how long you stay there also depends on how much money you decide to spend on your trip. The last thing you want is to enter a discussion about money during the trip. To avoid that topic, it’d be best to create a realistic travel budget.
Figure out how much you can spend on a hotel and food, and consider creating a daily budget you won’t go over. There are also apps you can use to keep track of your spending and ensure a stress-free trip.
Plan your trip thoroughly
As a couple, you want to avoid misunderstandings, even more so when you’re traveling together. Other than your travel budget, your itinerary also needs to be thoroughly planned. That way, you’ll get the most out of your trip and avoid any conflicts that may arise.
You also want to consider the activities and whether there are things you can enjoy together. Mutual highlights are what make these road trips memorable, so make them count.
Make sure that your car is in good working order
It’s understandable that you have great expectations when it comes to a first-time road trip with your darling. However, things don’t always go according to plan and when you’re traveling by car, there are a number of things that can go wrong.
That’s why you want to make sure that you’re ready for anything. Having a pair of functioning tyres is imperative when heading out for a road trip, and so is having a flat tire repair kit consisting of spare wheel, wheel brace, jack, tire gauge, inflator, and sealant. Keep your car in good working order and you can rest assured you’ll reach your destination safely and on schedule.
Divide up the responsibilities
Before you head for a trip, you need to understand the importance of working as a team. Discuss your responsibilities and decide how each of you will contribute.
Talk about driving and decide when and if you’re going to switch. While one person is driving, the other one can help with navigation. Also, decide who’s going to get the food and coffee when you’re making a stop. When both of you are making an effort, it takes the stress out of traveling and makes everything go much more smoothly.
Plan a surprise for your partner
This trip is all about the two of you, and you want to make it special. After all, this is your first trip together as a couple, which means you’ll remember it for years to come.
Think of this trip as an opportunity to be thoughtful and do something nice for your partner. That can mean different things for different people. A romantic dinner for two at a local restaurant, a bottle of champagne under the stars, or an entire day of pampering at the spa – we’ll leave it up to you to decide on the surprise that’ll bring a smile to your partner’s face.
If you’re planning on traveling with your partner, you need to make sure that you’ve got everything covered before you fill-up the tank and hit the road. Of course, it’s easier than traveling solo, but still, road trips take time to plan out if you want them to go smoothly. Rely on these tips to prepare for your long-awaited journey as a couple, and start your marriage off on the right foot.