Learning how to compromise and how to properly communicate are the major factors in keeping a successful travel relationship. However, another important subject that couples need to keep in mind is making sure that both of you have particular responsibilities on the road.
As partners who plan a trip, there are plenty of tasks to perform when you travel. You need to take note of things such as accommodations, visas you need, the currency of the place, transport inquiries, and booking of flights.
This is why splitting up certain assignments early on can make travelling with your partner far effortless and much less difficult than a chaotic approach, allowing you time to focus on the adventures and experiences rather than the tiresome and nitty-gritty aspects of long-term travel. So, before you argue and get into a screaming match, here are some tips you’ll need to ensure a great holiday with your significant other an unforgettable one.
#1 DISCUSS VISIONS AND EXPECTATIONS BEFORE THE TRIP
You may have both agreed on a destination but have different preferences of activities that will take place once you got there. You may be wishing for a romantic getaway spent parked in hills with a drink in a hand while your partner wants to do a more adventurous pursuit like water skiing and scuba diving.
So even if you have made a plan that’s jam-packed with a well-detailed itinerary, it may not be appealing to your partner’s natural propensity to aimlessly roam around a city. Make sure that the two of you have talked through your preferences and make a draft up a list of activities and adventures you both agree on before you travel.
#2 DECIDING WHO PAYS FOR WHAT
They say that money is the root of all evil; this is why couples argue on vacations as it often roots from disputes over finances. You may want to work on a more modest budget but it may not work around your partner’s desire for the finer things in life together with their costly habits on vacation may stir up your temper if you’ve already decided to go fifty-fifty.
Being aware of this possibility is really important so you can have an honest dialogue about how much money you are willing to spend and how you will divide up expenses. Decide how much the two of would be willing to pay for the hotel accommodation before booking, then split food and tour expenses by half while on the road. The best technique we can share with you is to suggest who will pay what and when. For instance, you assign one person to pay for everything while on the trip and have the other person wire-transfer your share of the bill once back at home.
#3 DIVVYING UP RESPONSIBILITIES
Handling money isn’t just about identifying how to share the expenses. It’s about assuring that the obligation of money management is fairly distributed. We are sure that almost all of you have never met couples where Person A is being the money manager and Person B just goes with the flow of knowing what’s happening.
Your whole journey would be easier if one person does the tracking but it can also be unworkable if the other person maintains conscious ignorance about how their habits are affecting the family finances.
With that, it is recommended that couples would conduct regular money meetings. Whether it’s weekly, monthly or quarterly, it doesn’t matter as long as the person who’s in charge of paying the bills and managing the accounts shouldn’t be the only person who is aware of how much money there is, where it’s moving and where it’s kept.
ON THE NOTE
As responsible couples, you need to have a savings plan being the result of a joint decision based on your long-term and short-term goals. Your short-term goal may be taking a vacation next year and your long-term goal is to purchase a house. Always involve your partner with not only knowing the plans but making sure that they’re on board with you. Having the same goal and both going for it will get you both there faster.
Ivandrea Ollero is a writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, one of Australia’s luxury hotels providing accommodation in Parramatta and great historical Sydney experience for tourists. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.