According to Conde Nast Traveler, various studies have shown that couples who travel together experience an improvement in communication, as well as a boost in relationship quality and satisfaction. If you are planning to take a trip with your partner, make it a true adventure. Seek out unique destinations and thrilling activities that you’ll both enjoy. Follow these tips to plan a couple’s adventure of a lifetime.
Set a budget and stick with it
Before you start planning, figure out how much you want to spend on your trip. There is no use in getting your hopes up about a vacation you can’t afford. Take a good look at your finances and set a budget for your adventure, then stick to it.
Narrow down your destinations
Make a shortlist of your preferred destinations and activities, and then delve deep into research about each one. Read guidebooks, travel magazines, and other materials about each spot. Ask other travelers questions on message boards such as the Tripadvisor and the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forums. Whether you are looking for whitewater rafting, rock climbing, kite surfing, or ziplining, you can find an adventure (or a few) that suits you both.
After you determine your destination, it’s time to start booking your transportation, accommodations, and activities. If you are going to fly, set up alerts on Google Flights and other services. Be as flexible as possible about your flight dates and times to get the best deals.
Make it a road trip
You don’t need to fly to have an awesome adventure. Sometimes a road trip is even better! For example, you can take a historic highway such as Route 66 across the country, and make stops at places that are chock-full of adventure along the way. Check out road-tripping sites such as RoadTripsforCouples or RoadTrip America for route suggestions, maps, and tips to make the most out of your adventure. Before hitting the road, get a tune-up, have your tires checked, and put together an emergency kit for your vehicle.
Think outside the box for lodging
If you are going to drive to your destination, you’ll need lodging along the way, as well as at your final destination. Beyond hotels, look into renting vacation houses, apartments, and cabins. Also, consider camping. If you have the equipment, camping is cheap and can be an adventure in itself. You can also look into hostels, boathouses, volunteer stays, and other alternative accommodations.
Choose the right tour group
If you are using a tour operator or a guide on your trip, be sure to pick a reputable outfitter, especially when traveling overseas. Again, tap into the message boards for recommendations. Also, look for industry organizations to find trusted guides such as AmericaOutdoors.
Be flexible along the way
Do not over-plan your itinerary down to the minute – or even the hour. Have some plans for each day, but be willing to break them (other than the specific guided adventures you’ve booked). Being spontaneous and finding new things to see and do can be the best part of your adventure.
Sure, you’ll be packing clothes and shoes and toiletries, but don’t forget other essentials like a first aid kit, extra cash or traveler’s checks, sunscreen or an extra phone charger. Speaking of phones, if you’re traveling outside of the U.S., don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ve got enough data. Your best bet is to switch to an international plan temporarily, otherwise, you could face a hefty bill when you get home.
A trip with your partner can provide the time you need to rekindle your romance and rejuvenate your relationship. With a little planning and forethought, you can plan a vacation full of interesting adventures and unique experiences. Of course, there may be hiccups along the way, but you can make the most of them as a couple, and come home from your trip stronger than ever.
About the author: Zack Spring
Zack Spring works as a tech consultant which requires him to travel frequently. He also enjoys running and cycling – staying as active as possible. He created TravelFit.info to encourage his readers to stay active while traveling.
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