Travelling over the holidays — with those long lines at airports, busy roads, ever-changing weather conditions and numerous family get-togethers — can be a lot to handle, without the added stress of travelling together as a couple for the first time or, for the 80% of Transat Holidays‘ Travel Index respondents who prefer to travel with their partner, yet another year.
Travelling together can be a good gauge of your compatibility as a pair and by following a few tips from Transat Holidays‘ relationship expert Kimberly Moffit, your holiday trip as a twosome will be as smooth as a sleigh ride over freshly fallen snow.
Find Kimberly’s tips below, as well as an infographic showing more of what Canadians like and don’t like when travelling from the Transat Holidays’ 2013 Travel Index.
Tips for travelling as a couple – from Kimberly Moffit, Transat Holidays relationship expert
Q: Is there an ideal timing for a couples’ vacation?
Kimberly Moffit: It’s not really about length of time (i.e.: 3 months, 6 months, etc) but more about your level of certainty about the relationship. If you’re sure you’d like it to continue, and want to take things to the next level, a vacation is ideal. It’s very similar to meeting the parents – it can be amazing yet stressful, and is only worth the risk if you’re invested in the relationship. There’s definitely a risk for going too soon. Even if it’s ‘the one’ you’re going on vacation with, if things are too early it could eliminate some of the early, blissful experiences that you have in the early stages of getting to know each other.
Q: What is the good, bad and the ugly of travelling in a pair?
KM: Travel with a partner is extremely revealing. It gives us new information about their habits, travel preferences and we get cozy and intimate with them in a happy, relaxed environment. It can be blissful and exciting, but it can also be awkward, exhausting, and horrifying if we uncover a side of our partner that we’ve never seen before. Going on vacation presents challenges in new ways. How does your partner act when their luggage gets lost – do they tough it out, or complain so much that it ruins their entire vacation (and yours!)?
Q: What are the destination choices for a vacation with your partner?
KM: Sunny destinations that are also adventure-packed. Keep in mind each person might have a different experiences they want out of the trip. Maybe one person is a beach bum and the other wants adventure? Transat Holidays offers Duo packages which include two destinations in one to accommodate the needs of everyone.
Q: What are the top items to pack on a vacation with your partner?
KM: Pack what you’d usually pack on a vacation. A camera to make all kinds of new memories, suntan lotion for when you trek outdoors – and be sure to spice it up with some lingerie and some sexy outfits.
Q: What are the top items not to pack?
KM: Try not to bring too much work on vacation (romance-killer), good books or magazines are great but will prevent you from getting to know each other and an iPod is an instant communication blocker.