When you're scrolling through Instagram and you see endless holiday spam of happy couples, behind the lense it's not always sunshine and rainbows... but sometimes you get lucky.
In my mind, I wouldn't think about going travelling with anyone other than my boyfriend, Jack. Before we met I never really thought about exploring different cities; the thought of travelling made me anxious but something inside me changed. I'm not sure what it was, but I suddenly fell in love with the idea of cities and before I knew it, Jack and I had booked a trip interrailing which would include hopping off in a few European cities. I had met someone who made me want to explore and gain experiences that will stay with me forever.
I've been pretty lucky when it comes to travelling with Jack, we're not one of those couple's who argue easily. The only reason we fall out is if I'm in a bad mood, usually because I'm hungry.
No matter the length of the trip, constantly travelling together, reading maps, planning your days and getting lost can take its toll. Everyone knows that spending 24/7 with someone can be hard, just take a look at the big brother house... so that's why I've got a list (because I love a good list) of what I think works with travelling with your other half.
Figure out the basics: where do you want to go?
Take as long as you need together to find out what locations you would like to visit and what you want to experience together. If you haven't travelled very much, there's so many options such as tours, interrailing or packages to help you have a stress-free trip. Take a visit to a travel agent together, I'd recommend STA where you can sit down together and discuss your options.
Your partner may have a different budget than you, so make sure you plan how much you will need to book the holiday and the amount of spending money you'll take. The last thing you want to be doing is arguing over money and finding out this whole travelling thing is a little more expensive than first thought.
Plan, plan, plan
Travelling and holidays are always the best with great planning. Get organised, and have all your paperwork, money, visas and suitcases ready a month before you leave. Plan your trip together, and choose day trips you will both enjoy - don't forget to plan while you're there too, it's all about compromise!
Meet new people
One thing I love about travelling is having the chance to meet new people, especially because you never would have it you didn't take the plunge. Spending time with others, especially in the evening can make the trip so much better and add to the memories you share together.
Spend time alone if you need to
We all need alone time to clear our head, so don't be afraid to take an hour to yourself. Whether you're head down in a book or taking a walk. When Jack and I travelled across North America, we were in a tour van and we actually sat on separate ends. You just got to do what works for you, even if you run back to them five minutes later for a cuddle.
You're going to make memories that will last a lifetime, so make it one you can remember. Document your trip whether that's through photos, videos or words. You won't regret it.
Have fun and remember why you're doing this
Most importantly, remember to laugh about the hiccups along the way. You booked a trip for a reason so have fun and enjoy this amazing thing together.