Whenever I tell people about my plans to go to Thailand, usually the first question is, “What does Johnny (my boyfriend) think?!”. I tell them he’s coming with me, and they usually act surprised and say something like “Well, good for you…”.
I’m always left confused by this reaction, but then I think that maybe I have been leaving people with mixed signals. I raved about Eat, Pray, Love where a woman travels alone. Stephanie, Jenny and The Lost Girls have been women I’ve looked up to from the start, and they all are traveling alone. I think most people expected that I was going to go by myself considering all the people I look up to have gone by themselves. Johnny and I decided to go on this trip together, from the very beginning. I know some people can’t stand to be around their significant others for an extended period of time, but Johnny and I have been dating going on 5 (!!!!!) years now, and we’ve lived with each other 2 of those years. We get along really well and some of my most important and awesome travel memories involve him. We’ve been road dogs from Miami to London, Napa Valley to San Diego. It only seemed natural to keep our travel traditions going.
One of the purposes of taking this trip with Johnny is to not only learn and explore for ourselves, but to grow as a couple. While LA is a huge ass city with a lot to do, if you are on a tight budget, you might be out of luck. Our rent and food bills alone pretty much eat away at our budget. Even just talking about the trip and making our budgets has brought us closer together. Taking this trip together is going to give us the opportunity to be able to break out of this LA bubble and LIVE.
Johnny and I have always gotten along, but I would be lying if I didn’t say there are some tips I try to abide by when we are traveling together:
1. Always try to stay awake during long road trips (I admit I’m a huge failure at this, but I’m giving it a try this next trip) The conversation is usually exciting and you can learn so much about your significant other!
2. If you get tired of each other, take a break. Walk away. Go to a different room. Take a run, walk, bike ride. All by yourself. You’ll feel better, trust me.
3. Learn to compromise. He wants to surf. You want to take a guided tour. Maybe one half of the day can be spent surfing, the second half doing a tour. Just don’t make the trip all about what YOU want to do, or vice versa.
4. Keep in mind that just because you are traveling together, that you don’t have to do everything together. Take time to explore your surroundings by yourself!
Do you have any rules you live by when you travel with your significant other? Let me know in the comments!