7 Fascinating benefits of traveling with a partner (1)

7 Fascinating Benefits of Traveling with a Partner

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. – Ernest Hemingway

Even when we were just friends, Steven and I already dreamt of traveling to different countries. Steven, being older and more stable than I, had already spent many times visiting beautiful countries. During those time, I just had a picture in my mind the places I dream to visit.

It was last 2015 that we came up with the idea that we would travel at least once in a year. While the people we knew got married, had kids and built a family, Steven and I have made ourselves busy with working, saving money, traveling and improving our relationship.

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I am a firm believer that travel can make or break a relationship. When it comes to us, our travel experiences make us better individuals and help us to understand more of each other. The following are the benefits we get from it.

1. We learn to adapt to differences.

Having an open communication lessen our arguments.

As we try to know the culture of the country we are visiting, we are also finding out that we have been exposed to each other’s culture as well. Steven to Filipino culture and I to Korean. Sometimes my expectations clash with his that will eventually lead to discomfort. But, I guess that was what we needed for us to realize our imperfections.

7 Awesome Benefits of Travelling with My Long Distance Boyfriend

We compromised to respect each other’s differences. From that, we learned how to adjust with one another’s behaviors by being more considerate in whatever we say or do in order not to offend or hurt feelings. Traveling together directed us to look at things with a different perspective.

2. There is always someone who will look for you.

Traveling with a partner will make you feel safer and more comfortable. There will always be someone to look after your things when you need to go to the comfort room. When you get a problem in something, you will know that there is a person who is ready to listen and offer an advice.  If you get lost, your partner will surely look for you everywhere.

7 Awesome Benefits of Travelling with a Partner

3. The stomach is always well taken cared of.

I absolutely never had a time starving during our trip. My boyfriend knows what are my favorites. He would always go to a restaurant that serves sea foods because he knows I love it best.

If my pace slows down, he would search for an ice cream shop and buy one for me. He knows that ice cream is my energy booster.

When we visited LGB Cake Shop inside IFC Mall in Hongkong, my boyfriend asked me to choose all the cakes that I think were delicious. I pointed to four kinds of cake because I thought he would just like to know what were they. I was thinking he would just tell me to choose what I wanted to eat. He knows that I easily get full.

7 Awesome Benefits of Travelling with a Partner

To my surprise, he bought all those cakes that I pointed. I was glad that I just chose four kinds and not everything. I was not able to eat all of them and Steven was forced to eat some cakes too even he does not like sweets.

7 Awesome Benefits of Travelling with a Partner

4. It always turns out to be a safe and stress-free travel

I feel secured even I was with strangers because I knew that there was someone who could protect me anytime. Most especially when we went to a crowded place, my boyfriend had been always there to check on me. I felt like a child when he reminded me to never let go of his hand. If I wanted to separate from him I should make sure I do not get very far because getting lost in a foreign place is stressful.

7 Awesome Benefits of Travelling with a Partner

5. Seeing your partner’s true color without pretensions.

I think this is the one that I like the most. Traveling with him gave me an opportunity to know who is he at his best and at his worst. I have seen how he became upset, how he became afraid, how he laugh, and the like.

7 Awesome Benefits of Travelling with a Partner

There were plenty of times I caught him off guard doing a random act of kindness on the road.  Like that time while when we were walking, I kept on talking thinking that my boyfriend was just beside me. I asked a question to him and not gaining any response at all made me glanced at my side. Surprisingly, my boyfriend was not with me. I searched for Steven when I caught a sight of him from a distance offering a hand to two women who were carrying a bulky luggage which was too heavy for them. I felt it quite unusual to see such a sight these days. My boyfriend assisted them to carry their luggage up to the steep stairs. Seeing the women’s faces looking at him with gratefulness made me a proud girlfriend.

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There was also a time when he  helped a fellow couple to reach a certain place by sharing our route when we went there. He also always does not forget to say “thank you” even to simple things.

6. More places to discover

I have been always the one who do our travel itineraries. Most of the time, I go to places which I think were less touristy. Whenever I consult it to my boyfriend, he will also include places that were used as locations for different films. One good example of this is the Central-Mid-Level Escalators were “Chungking Express” (1994) and  “The Dark Knight” (2008). It was also used in Jackie Chan’s movie “The Accidental Spy” (2001). This is an advantage to someone who is a movie fanatic.

7 Awesome Benefits of Travelling with a Partner

7. There are no dull moments.

Isn’t it when we are with someone we love, everything seems to be almost perfect? Steven is better than me when it comes to History. He always has something to share whenever we get on and get off be it on a tram, bus, taxi, or ferries. I have always felt like I was a student listening to my History teacher. My boyfriend has also the skill to carry on a conversation with just Google Map on our phone and street signs on the road. Indeed, he was a road savvy.

7 Awesome Benefits of Travelling with a PartnerThe physical body might sometimes get exhausted in traveling but not the heart. The experiences on the roads certainly enrich one’s lives and relationships. The  memories it brings cannot equal any material things in life.

Have you tried traveling with your partner?

 

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Steven and Ana Rose

Steven and Ana Rose are the loving duo behind Roads and Pages. Inspired by their love of different cultures, languages, and foreign places, together they explore one country at a time.

125 comments

  1. Travelling with your partner can be so fulfilling. It’s amazing all that you learn from one another and you grow to understand one another’s needs. It’s important to keep communicating and always be honest. Arguments will be easier to get over that way. All those cakes! Lucky you! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Travelling with your partner can be so fulfilling. You learn so much from one another and as you say adapt to one another’s needs. It’s so important to keep communicating and be honest. Arguments will be easier to solve if you both are respectful and honest to one another. All those cakes! Lucky you! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Travelling with a partner is definitely the way to go! My wife and I have just recently returned from a 12 month round the world trip. We found out more about each other (despite already having been married for 4 years) and it made our relationship stronger just like it did for you. Like you said you also get to see more destinations and each of chooses places that the other may not think of. Thanks for sharing a great post and enjoy your future travels together.

  4. I definitely love having my boyfriend with me when I travel. But there is always something adventurous about traveling solo. I would never change a minute of all the solo trips I have taken in my life.

  5. I really enjoyed reading your post, and it made me realize that I’d love to travel more with my boyfriend. So far, we’ve taken one short trip, a little romantic getaway, together. We’re hoping to take another this summer. I like how a new setting fosters shared experiences and stimulates conversation. Traveling with someone, whether they are a romantic partner or just a friend, really bonds you and you make memories that you’ll remember and cherish.

  6. I would always recommend young couples that are thinking of getting married, to go on holiday together before 🙂 You can have the most amazing time together, but how many couples also have split up after their first holiday together?! Or even during! I have seen it all 🙂 I am living on a very touristy island, watch people how they behave when on holiday and you get to see it all! We often wonder, if some people leave their brains at the home airport when checking in. I love your images , really great shoots!

  7. This is true! what a great read! we always travel together and I agree with you that your stomach will surely be full and happy if you travel with someone you love!

  8. I am in a long distance relationship, so yes whenever I go out of the city, it’s to meet my SO. I used to hate wandering around Manila. Now, that I have someone I can wander with, everything has become so easy. I feel very much safer too.

  9. Of course it is great to travel with your significant other. Unless you want to see different parts of that city where you are in. That is when communication and compromise come in. It also gets difficult sometimes when you get lost looking for something.

  10. We only travel with each other and wouldn’t have it any other way. Before we got married we’ve traveled alone and with family and friends and each one of them has a different charm. However traveling with the one you love is a different feeling which we thought could not be expressed in words… But it seems you’ve come pretty close 🙂

  11. It was lovely to read your views on travelling together! I haven’t properly travelled with a partner yet, but am excited to do so one day, especially after reading this. How sweet that your partner bought you all 4 of the cakes you thought looked good. He sounds like an absolute gem.

  12. I hope to experience this with my partner (when I actually get one!). Travel definitely will challenge the relationship in positive ways and bless the man who is my travel partner. We will have to travel more than once a year lol. Thanks for sharing!

  13. As a solo traveler, I do miss those moments with another traveler sometimes. You guys make a great team, appreciate it! That’s a cute story about the cakes he bought you, I wouldn’t even do that for myself, it was very special.

  14. My husband and I made the same choice as you did and now travel together twice a year. We are usually away for at least a month at a time and it is great for getting some high quality time alone. I really value these escapes – they have definitely bought us closer together.

  15. I love traveling with my boyfriend. We pare well together when it comes to traveling. He wanted me to go with him on his last trip. I wasn’t able to because I still have responsibilities at home. HJe has been gone almost 3 weeks. With teenagers in school, there was no way I could leave for that long or longer.

  16. For me, my most favorite travel partner is my son. Me and him have similar interests. I love traveling with my husband as well and you are right.., travel can be so much fun if you do it right and do it with people you love.

    1. Hahaha! Thank you Natalija. My eyes would like to try all of those delicacies, but I was glad I did not tell it to my boyfriend. He has his unique ways of surprising me. If he would buy all of them, for sure all I would like to do next is just to sleep. It is so good to sleep when the tummy is full. 🙂

    1. True it is. I am also thinking of travelling with my friends this year. I hope that it won’t conflict with my work and study schedule. Thanks for reading my blog post.

  17. I love that your travels are a growing experience for your relationship. My husband and I are of two different races so I can appreciate the culture differences but that aspect also adds an extra layer to everything because you get to learn and be included in two different worlds you might not have otherwise. We have traveled alot and lived all over the US (6 states and counting) and we love the adventure of it all and seeing the magic from two different ways of looking at the world. Really enjoyed your posts and seeing your travels through the amazing pictures.

    1. Thank you very much! Living in different countries is quite tough yet enjoyable. In fact, traveling itself opens our eyes to many learning opportunities that we might not be able to get if we just stay in one place. Through going to place together, we also grow together as a team.

  18. I always travel with my husband and I love it. I agree with all your points. In our case, he’s also in charge of navigating streets via Google maps and carrying the heavy bags.

  19. Traveling is a great way to get to know your significant other especially when you’re thinking about spending the rest of your life with the person. These are very accurate and you’ll definitely see what they are like as a partner and as an individual.

  20. This is definitely one of the most unique articles I’ve ever seen. I’ve never thought of how long distance couples would travel together and I enjoyed reading this significant points very much 😀

  21. True that traveling together can be reveal a lot about your partner’s personality, patience, resourcefulness and spending habits. My wife and I travel a lot with our kids now, but I always yearn for a long trip with her alone again.

  22. That’s really sweet how your boyfriend tries to keep things interesting for the two of you. Traveling is always fun when you do it with someone you trust.

  23. How wonderful that you get to spend time together like this. I enjoy travelling with my family, but I also enjoy travelling alone and not having to worry what anyone else wants to do – I can keep my own timetable.

    1. It is always great to travel once in a while. It is one of the things that keep me sane. Travelling with family is great and I did that when I was still younger. I miss those times when my siblings were still free and could join all the trips.

    1. I am sorry to hear that. My boyfriend is not that expressive in words. But when it comes to actions, he does not fail me. After that, I started to understand more of his personality.

  24. Traveling with my partner is one of the best things that I ever started to do. Although we don’t really go anywhere that I would deem exotic, I know he’s there no matter what. I know that he will let me go and see what I want to see. And I know that I will do the same for him. It’s really nice.

  25. I enjoy traveling with my partner and i totally agree we with you on almost all of the points. The best thing about travel with a partner is that you have someone to share all the memories with.

  26. Actually when you travel that itself is very exciting…When you do it loved one, the whole experience reaches another height.

  27. My husband and I haven’t had a chance to travel for pleasure in 18 years due to raising children and working. I think it is wonderful that you are taking the time to do this now before you become tied down my the responsibilities of life. It will allow you to become so much closer to one another and it is wonderful to travel with your partner.

  28. I think the good part with traveling with someone is that there will always be a comforting presence nearby. That’s really important especially when you are in a new area.

  29. I agree about traveling with a partner plus having those memories to talk about for years to come is priceless! We are full time adventurers and it has been the best decision we have ever made!!

  30. Yup, traveling with a partner is definitely a plus! I love having someone else to help get lost with and make the journey that much more enjoyable! It’s just not as much fun doing it alone!

  31. This is great and everything you said is so true. Traveling with your partner really allows you to see them at their best and worst because something can always go wrong on a trip. I love having someone to travel with!

    1. Thanks Monique! Yes we both have our ups and downs in our travel but at the end, we just laugh at those moments. We learned something from our previous travels and that help us grow more.

  32. Sounds like you and your boyfriend are well-matched for travel, and it’s great that traveling together has enriched your relationship so much! I haven’t had much opportunity to travel yet as I am a single mom with two kids, but I like to think that when I am able to travel more, it’ll be with a great companion!

  33. This is cute. I travel with my boyfriend once a year. We have never done the long distance thing. The best we did was when I went away myself for 2 weeks. Yes it was hard!

    Divine

    1. My boyfriend and I have been in a long distance relationship for more than 3 years now. I think that communication is a vital key to surviving in this kind of relationship. Giving one’s time to our partner and having an understanding heart are the other factors that must not be taken for granted.I am glad that you and your husband were able to manage to be far from each other.

  34. Nyaw. This is inspirational. I and my partner is also in a long distance relationship and yes, every time we see each other, I make sure we travel and spend time together exploring new places together. And hey, food is our favorite too!

  35. I have been married for a long time now, but when I was dating my husband we went on a few long weekends – but we weren’t long distance. Glad you and your man were able to get away together.

  36. Yes, traveling with your partner has a lot of perks. It not only makes your bond stronger but also allows you discover new things about each other. Being pampered and looked after by your man while traveling is also great plus! <3

  37. Definitely a fun time to spend a vacation together and make good memories out of it. Time can always put you two in distance but there are times that time will put you back together. I love travelling if only I have all the time in the world!

  38. My husband is Danish so you could tell we tried being in a long distance relationship as well. I liked the set-up though. I still remember our travels together before we got married and I could say that allowed me to get to know him better and vice versa. It was actually one of my criteria before I decided that I wanna be married to him. He is a great travel buddy and I knew that we will spend most of our married life traveling the world. Traveling allowed us to adapt to differences and thus I agree with your very first realization.

  39. I began reading your post bottom up and I first thought that your long distance bf would be Google Maps! Seriously, my imagination was running crazy. Only when I reached the top paragraph did I realize that it was Stephen. Is he a Korean?
    Keep up the innovation in your blog.

  40. Enjoyed reading your story. It’s a wonderful way of keeping the relationship alive and deepening the bond. Cheers to more travels with your loved one. And may your relationships be more awesome!

  41. haha, do guys always so that? ordering all the food the gfs point out and then regretting it secretly when they realise they have to finish 90% of all the food they bought? my bf does that all the time, ordering so much food and then eating until his stomach is near the point of bursting. but those cakes surely looks super yummy!

  42. I agree that travelling with someone you love gives you the best kind of experience. I travel with my main a lot and we’ve discovered a lot of things about each other.

    PS. Love all your photos! Planning to go to HK too and will definitely visit these places too.

  43. My partner and I haven’t actually travelled together yet but we’re going on our first holiday in February, just a couple of days though to get us started so we can start building up towards travelling for at least a month at a time! I love the idea of being able to share an experience with just him you know, it’ll be something we can happily look back on forever!

  44. I suddenly miss my boyfriend while reading this. I usually travel from Davao to Manila every year to visit him. This time was different because we get to travel together to Ilocos. I can’t wait what we will do next year!

  45. I suddenly miss my boyfriend while reading this. 🙁 I am in an LDR too, and I travel from Davao to Manila to visit him every year. This year is different because we traveled to Ilocos together. I can’t wait what we will do next year!

  46. i love traveling with GF as much as you do! Those pointers are true. It’ll reveal both self with no pretending that one is better than the other. It’l reveal each other’s true colors. hurray to couple traveling!.

  47. I love traveling with my boyfriend. The difference is, we’re not in a long-distance relationship. But it’s still different when we’re in another setting where nobody knows us and we’re just discovering new things together. It’s one of the ways I can relax while enjoying the view, knowing that he’s around. 🙂

  48. It’s great to travel with your bf, but it’s also so nice to travel solo, and find out if you’re really up to make it tho. One thing I realized is that it’s really fun to travel with someone since sharing those moments is kind of just amazing, and happiness is the best when it’s shared! It worth the shot tho!

  49. Traveling boosts closeness and builds a stronger relationship with who you are with. It’s one of those things that you can look back on. It also is nice to set a date for traveling rather than the usual movie dates. It’s nice to put yourself out in the big world and fend for yourself amidst the new environment. Travel also broadens your mind and gives you time to reflect. Great photos by the way! 🙂

  50. It will be my first out of the country trip with boyfriend on weekend! And I’m so excited! I’ve been to different countries already and this will be his first time. I’m kinda anxious but more of excited on how things will turn out. We have a deal though, I’ll bring him to good places (I’m good with roads) and he just need to protect me. HAHA! I hope we have a successful trip as well as yours.

  51. When we are still bf/gf we are always make it sure to travel once a year not in abroad really but to roam around the Philippines 🙂 Yah I agreed with you, you will feel safe when you are with your boyfriend especially if you don’t know the place. Now that we are husband and wife we travel now with our son and we strengthen our family bodn

  52. Now this is what I call relationship goals. And yes, I definitely agree on the benefits traveling with a long distance boyfriend. It sure is a nice experience to go on a travel to someone you love despite the differences you guys have. Anyhow, I love how traveling can definitely make a relationship stronger and better. Oh the sweet stuff you got there, drooling here. hahahah

  53. Me and my husband have never tried travelling abroad but while reading this post I’m kinda pushing it to happen perhaps next year. That would be something to look forward to. 🙂 Great post Ana!

  54. My boyfriend and I are still young, and though we want to get married in the future, we opted that we wanted to travel first until five years after graduating. We are slowly saving up for our future travels, and this one just made me wish for it to come sooner. Haha. Travelling with a partner has a lot of advantages and disadvantages, but I’ll always choose to remember the moments shared and the parts where we’d gotten to know each other better 🙂

  55. My fiancé and I have been LDR for 7months (but we’ve known each other over a decade and dated for 3.5 years before he moved out of state for the military), and while we haven’t “traveled” together, we have traveled FOR each other. I completely agree with this post based on my experiences 🙂

  56. I agree, I love traveling with my husband. When we first married he had no desire to travel at all, but I’ve slowly introduced it and now he has a list of places he wants to visit!

  57. I am glad you enjoy traveling with your boyfriend. I have been married for almost 21 years and we travel together and sometimes I wish we didn’t. lol. I love our times together, but I also love my girlfriend and solo trips as well. But you are right, its nice to have someone to have your back, share what you see and take a picture of you… you don’t always wants selfies. Enjoy as much as you can before settling down and then enjoy that too.

    1. I had a good laugh about you wishing that sometimes you did not have to travel with your husband. Familiarity breeds contempt, it has been said. LOL! Yeah, I can see why after two decades of being together, that you are together becomes routine. Not the same for those in LDR though, such as the blogger Ana here. In her case, absence makes the heart grow fonder, yes?

  58. I always travel with my partner as well so I can totally relate to this. You are collecting memories together and that would be the best part of travelling together. Yes, I always feel safe traveling with him and you’ll have to worry less. I want to travel alone but I cant imagine myself traveling without a companion..haha!

  59. There really are some advantages in having a travel partner especially if its your loved one. Everything is just fun to do and exciting because you love who you’re with. And I do agree that being with them makes you see what your partner really is most of the time. No pretensions. Also, you don’t have to worry that you’re all alone when you’re lost or figuring your way in the city.

  60. To sum it up, being wish some you love and doing thesame passion makes in more easier, in every aspects. Always cherish the moments when you’re together and stay inlove, honestly while reading these blog, I’m not focuses on the places, but the sweet moments that you shared, stay in love

  61. My husband and I have traveled a lot together, sometimes its good, sometimes its not. After 13 years we’ve come to terms of the way he likes to travel and the way I do, most of the time we don’t agree. He in the end prefers to travel alone and I prefer to stay home alone.

  62. I have traveled with my boyfriend within Philippines but just a few destinations. It’s one kind of experience that brings you closer to each other. Number 7 is sure one of the best benefits! Cause you can be both crazy at the same time and no one will ever ridicule you or even judge you. Cheers to more travels!

  63. Ive never experienced travelling with a boyfriend during my time hehe.. my then boyfriend who is now my husband would want to bring me to one of his business travels but my very strict parents wouldn’t allow me! Hahaha! I guess its the shared moments that makes travelling with a partner makes it worthwhile.. now that we’re a couple we travel as much as we can.. plus kids sometimes and thats a little more budget to consider 😉

  64. It’s great to travel with your partner. I totally agree with your list. We live together. And also travel together. I really like it to be away together from the usual daily life and all the obligations. And just be together. And discover new places. Be amazed and surprised. See everything in a different way than at home.

  65. I guess the best part too of traveling with a partner is the shared moments and experiences. Happiness is best when it can be shared and if you love travel, and both of you are together, how much more fun could it be? At the same time, regardless if you are traveling or not, being together breeds familiarity and you see each other’s flaws. Communication, of course, is the key to understanding.

  66. It’s also so nice to travel with your significant other, I haven’t done that a lot with my boyfriend because we’re mostly too busy with work but this coming year we’ll definitely make time for out of towns! 😀

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