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Building a great relationship takes work. Like anything in life, you will have to make sacrifices and apply yourself; there is no easy path to attaining anything worthwhile.
That said, there are always certain strategies for achieving your goals with much less effort, and in terms of building a strong relationship, one of the best hacks is taking a vacation with your significant other.
Vacationing together can change the direction of your relationship and gift you an even stronger and happier bond within a surprisingly short amount of time.
If you’ve been considering going on a trip with your partner, now is the time to go. Here are some of the reasons why a vacation will be great for your relationship.
Why a Vacation with Your Partner Is One of the Best Relationship Hacks
Break Your Normal Routine
If you’re trying to improve any area of your life, coasting is by far the least effective way to go about it. Going through life with no plan or directed effort is a recipe for failure no matter what your goals are.
If you’ve been in a relationship for some time, you may have fallen into a predictable routine and you could be coasting. A vacation will break this routine and interrupt most of the unhealthy relationship patterns you may have fallen into.
This break from reality will allow you to notice the things you can stop doing and the things you could do better to make your relationship both stronger and happier.
An Opportunity to Have Tough Conversations
It’s amazing that the conversations people tend to avoid are the conversations they absolutely need to have to make their lives better. Humans are wired in a funny way and will always look for ways to avoid conflict.
When you’re on a vacation with your partner, avoiding the tough conversations will be untenable as they will come up anyway. There is no way you are going to spend so much time together and not talk about the state of your relationship.
Great relationships are built on open and honest communication. Establishing a precedent during your vacation that you are free to share how you feel and what you think will go a long way in improving your relationship.
Get Comfortable Around Each Other
Familiarity does not necessarily breed contempt. In the case of a romantic relationship, familiarity may only serve to make the two of you more comfortable with each other.
When you spend a lot of time around your partner, you will learn that they are simply human and have just as many shortcomings as you do. Many new lovers tend to hold back from their partners thinking that they may lower themselves a step in their eyes if they open up fully.
The reality is that if your partner truly loves you, they will be very accepting of both your strengths and faults. You are a complete package and your faults make up part of that package.
Travel allows you to spend real one on one time together, and when you are completely comfortable around your lover, you will be uninhibited around them and the moments you share will be more authentic and more fun.
Learn Their Relationship with Money
Differences surrounding the topic of money are some of the major sources of disagreements in relationships. Given the fact that your philosophy on money will be a major determinant of whether your relationship is a success or not, you need to learn your partner’s money habits early.
A vacation gives you a non-judgmental environment to gauge your partner’s fiscal responsibility. There are bad spending habits that can be changed or managed with a little effort. These habits should never be a cause for worry. However, if your partner is either extremely frugal or overly prodigal, there’s a problem.
Being extremely frugal can get in the way of fun. You should be able to spend on yourselves within reason. If you can afford to stay at a luxury all-inclusive vacation once a year, you should be able to follow through without your partner’s miserly habits getting in the way.
On the other hand, being too spendthrift can lead to financial ruin in the future. When your outgoings are greater than your income, you are setting yourself up for financial disaster.
Share Fun Moments
Ultimately, you will be going on a vacation to have fun with your partner. A vacation gives you the opportunity to create and live through amazing fun experiences that you will remember for as long as you live.
Put aside your differences and spend this time reconnecting with your partner. You’re likely to remember why the two of you fell in love in the first place.
Our lives are just a sum total of our experiences. You will form stronger bonds with your lover if you have shared a lot of experiences together, good or bad. Lose yourself in the moments and allow yourself to have as much fun as possible with your partner. You’ll be glad you did.
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Couldn’t agree more.
Glad you enjoyed the post :)
I’ve always thought that if you take a vacation with your partner early on in your relationship, it’ll act as the true test as to whether you can compatibly live together!
Totally agree, travel can definitely prove to be a make or break when you’re spending so much concentrated time with one person, and dealing with the highs and lows (/frustrations) that come with a trip :)
My relationship with my SO has never been better, but we still take vacations for your last point … to make those memories!
Glad to hear it Dan! Happy travels :)
The first vacation with my wife was a weekend road-trip to Toronto. Our mutual love of travel was key to the strength of our relationship.
Oh wow Toronto is a wonderful spot :) Thanks for sharing! Travel is a great mutual interest over which to bond :D!