How To Plan The Most Amazing Debut Vacation With Your Partner
You’ve been with your partner for a while now and have decided that the time is right to take the next step in your relationship and plan a vacation together. Going away together for the first time is a big step because it means being together almost 24/7, and if that’s not something that you’re used to it an put pressure on your relationship. However, that first vacation can also be an incredible experience and one that will shape the future relationship that the two of you have.
If you’re excited (and slightly nervous) to start planning your first vacation with your partner, you’ve come to the right place. To help you organize the most amazing time away, below is a guide to everything that you need to know when it comes to vacation planning as a couple and ensuring that you have the most amazing time together.
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Sit down and talk it through
The first step is to sit down together and talk things through. Share your thoughts and ideas for your trip with your partner and see what they say about them. Ask them what they would like to do and where they would like to go. Create a list of all the places that you would both like to go and then work through them, researching each one to gain a better insight into the type of vacation each place could offer.
Don’t forget to take your budget into account. Pick three places that are your favorites and then start searching for trips online to work out which option is the most cost-effective and the most suitable for your budget. It’s essential that you take the financial side of things seriously and discuss it with your partner, to ensure that you are both on the same page about how much you can afford to spend.
Discuss your trip in detail
Once you’ve chosen a location, the next step is to spend some time together getting excited about your trip. Sit down together and share old stories from previous vacations, talk about the things that you have enjoyed doing while you were on holiday as well as the things that perhaps you did not like doing as much. It’s important to get an idea of what your partner enjoys and doesn’t enjoy about being on holiday, so that you can ensure you have the best time together.
The more excited the two of you get about the trip, the more enjoyable it should be. If you are both counting down the days until you arrive, this will make the idea of going away even more exciting.
Plan, plan, plan
Of course, the key to success when it comes to planning your first trip together is planning. Like with any trip away, planning is the key, because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So when it comes to your break away, it’s important to take some time planning for your trip in detail. That way, not only will you ensure that you and your partner are able to do and see everything that you want to, and that you are using your time effectively, but also that you are both on the same page about how to spend your time.
If you’re on a budget, it might be wise to book the tickets for the attractions and sights that you plan on visiting in advance, so that you can benefit from the online discounts that most attractions offer for ticket prices. Whether you are planning on heading off to Paris and going on the Louvre tours or visiting the famous Catacombs, you might want to consider booking queue jump passes too, to ensure that you aren’t wasting precious time stood in queues to attractions. If you book these in advance online, they don’t have to be expensive.
Buy a guide book to the place that you are visiting and plan your trip itinerary using it. Write a list of all the places you and your partner have agreed on visiting and schedule them into your itinerary so that you both know what you’re doing then. Don’t forget to choose some restaurants to eat at too and get them booked in advance so that you don’t miss out.
It’s also a good idea to schedule in some free time for you both. So if you’re going away for a week, maybe three afternoons from 4pm you could have free time to relax and unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. You might want to chill by the pool, go for drinks, or you might have heard about a cool attraction from some locals that you’re dying to see. Vacations aren’t just about going here, there and everywhere, they’re also about relaxing and unwinding, which is why having free time is so important.
Don’t make the mistake of presuming that your partner likes doing everything that you enjoy doing. If you want to make the most of your trip, it’s important that you know how to communicate properly with your partner and share how you’re feeling, to encourage them to do the same.
It’s important to understand that traveling together for the first time is a big deal and can be a somewhat stressful experience. That’s why being open with each other is so important, as that way you can ensure that you both know how the other one is feeling and make the most of the time away that you have without fighting. If you need some alone time, that’s fine. Just because you’re on vacation together, that doesn’t mean that you can’t spend some time alone, if you need it.
Your first vacation as a couple is always going to be a magical experience, well just as long as you are mindful when you plan it, that is. Hopefully, the tips above will help you to plan the most amazing vacation for you and your partner that you will both love.