How To Avoid Arguments With Your Partner When Traveling

March 1, 2022

Travel excursions can be fantastic vehicles for bringing couples closer together and strengthening bonds. Visiting exciting locales and trying new things with your special someone is a prospect that many of us would have a difficult time passing up. However, despite all the good couples travel can do for a relationship, it can also facilitate a wide range of easily avoidable arguments. So, if you are looking to keep your next couples’ getaway argument-free, put the following pointers into practice.

Select a Destination You Will Both Enjoy 

If you fail to select a travel destination you will both enjoy, you stand to ruin the trip before it is even begun. Choosing a destination that only one of you is excited about is liable to result in the other party being sullen and bitter throughout the entire trip, which will inevitably lead to arguments. You can nip this problem in the bud by sitting down with your partner and reviewing potential destinations well in advance of the departure date. After taking the time to research the pros and cons of each prospective destination, the two of you should be able to decide on a mutually agreeable locale. 

Take It Easy On The First Day 

While there is nothing wrong with getting into vacation mode, it may be best for the two of you to take it easy on the day you arrive. Instead of immediately hitting up every conceivable attraction and planning a romantic candlelit dinner, use the first day to unpack, settle into your lodgings and get a general feel for your surroundings. Depending on how long the trip was — not to mention how early you had to get up to make your flight — going all-out on the first day may lead to extreme fatigue, irritability and, of course, arguments. So, unless this vacation is going to be an extremely short one, your first day should primarily be dedicated to decompressing.     

Seek To Keep Things Fair 

Partnerships are all about compromise and respecting each other’s wants and needs. That being the case, no couple’s vacation should be dominated by one party. To help ensure that the trip is equally enjoyable for both you and your partner, you should take turns deciding which activities to engage in, which sights to see and which restaurants to dine at. This last one is particularly important, as hangriness is practically guaranteed to facilitate arguments. Fortunately, couples on the hunt for amazing Annapolis restaurants will find no shortage of options from which to choose.   

Be Open to Spending Time Apart 

Keeping the peace with your partner sometimes means spending time apart. No matter how close you are to your special someone, being together 24/7 is likely to cause you both to hone in on the other’s most irritating qualities. So, if there are travel activities for which your partner does not share your enthusiasm — or vice versa — propose that the two of you spend a few hours apart. This will ensure that you both have ample time to engage in activities you find enjoyable and provide you with a small break from one another. By the time you meet back up, you will be delighted to once again be in each other’s company. 

Manage Your Expectations 

When it comes to vacations, many couples fail to keep their expectations in check, which often leads to disappointment whenever the trip hits a minor snag. Regardless of how much planning you’ve done or how much the two of you have been looking forward to this trip, it is important to recognize that minor inconveniences are going to pop up. Instead of obsessing over the perfect vacation, simply focus on enjoying each other’s company and having a great time. This approach is likely to leave you both a lot less irritable and therefore less prone to arguing.   

It is only natural for couples to want to travel together. After all, who better to enjoy new experiences with than the person closest to your heart? Unfortunately, regardless of how close they are, many couples do a fair amount of arguing during travel excursions. Although there are a variety of reasons for these arguments, the vast majority of them are easily avoidable — provided, of course, both parties are willing to put in a little effort. So, if you want your next couples’ trip to be bereft of disagreements, employ the measures discussed above.  

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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