Traveling With A Girlfriend

Traveling for the holidays? We put together a Holiday Travel Hacks guide to make your life easier – from packing to travel time to activities that you can do when you get there.
If you’re planning a weekend away from it all (the most-coveted sexcation) with your significant other, going out of town with someone you love is vital in keeping sane while simultaneously checking out things you’ve never seen (or done) before.
However, combined with the relaxation comes the inevitable stress associated with leaving your comfort zone. Still, are there plenty of preventative steps and intuitive measures you can take to ensure your trip goes according to plan and leaves each party feeling a little stress as possible.
1. Plan Your Trip Over A Low-Key Holiday Weekend
One big stress that everyone feels is the pressure of taking time off work for setting up a nice week away. To immediately quell some of that stress out of the picture, plan a trip over an ancillary holiday weekend like Labor Day to cut down days you must take off from work. It’s way less busy than a holiday like Christmas and Thanksgiving, and will give that extra time you need without the added pressure of feeling like you have to see your parents.
2. Book Through AirBnB
At this stage, AirBnB is sort of a no-brainer. It’s found in 190 countries and over 34,000 cities. It’s way cheaper than most hotels (alleviating stresses about spending) and will give you a consider those offbeat elements of towns that hotels typically don’t focus on. Bonus, you can meet new people if you opt to book a location with a host. Alternatively, if you are really gunning for a hotel, you need to use sites like Hipmunk and HotelTonight to get cheap rooms, or simply stay in hostels!
3. Pack Smart
Don’t bring anything extraneous or weird. She doesn’t need her vast assortment of rare Pokemon cards and you also certainly don’t need your assortment of rare ivory. Stick to the basics and, if you can, limit everything to one or two carry-ons. Then your stuff won’t get lost and that’s automatically one less thing to worry about.
4. Split Everything
Don’t even think twice concerning this one: Splitting everything down the middle (save for some romantic dinners and presents) will stop any money-related resentment in its tracks. You should use websites like Splitwise to keep track of all your expenses and make sure everything evens out.
5. Balance ‘We Time’ With ‘Me Time’
It’s truly a blast traversing foreign lands with someone you love, but it goes without saying that it’s important to explore alone as well – you know, finding yourself and that kind of crap. Without forgetting that you’re both going on a trip together, make some time (whether it’s a few hours or a full day) to take some time by yourself to wander. Heck, maybe you’ll come across a twee little store and find that rare porcelain sloth she’s been eyeing since last year. Presents come about in mysterious ways.
6. Don’t Plan Everything
You need guidelines, but don’t ruin the trip by mapping out every second of every day. If you know you absolutely have to see the Louvre on Tuesday, then by all means, go to the Louvre on Tuesday. But, make sure you leave some free time around the big activity to allow for spontaneous mini-adventures. You don’t want to constantly be in a rush the entire time, trying to squeeze in every tourist trap. Don’t worry, despite its destruction in numerous action movies, the Eiffel Tower isn’t going anywhere.
7. Take Pictures
Yeah, do it. Take pictures, it’s romantic. Just take into account that your friends are increasingly being polite when they consent to watching your hour-long slideshow of you as well as your babe going out on a cobblestone street in Holland. Also, pro-tip: usually do not bring a selfie stick anywhere unless you would like to commit social suicide.
8. ESCAPE Your Comfort Zone
Within reason, that’s. If some shady dude in a back alley gives you pills beneath the guise of these being DayQuil, it’s easier to wager that they are not and he’s attempting to steal your kidney. But seriously, get beyond your safe place and do stuff you wouldn’t usually do in the home. Eat weird food, drink weird things, dance in weird warehouses, get weird tattoos (provided that they’re not matching) Wait, are you currently going on holiday in Brooklyn? Point is, make the very best of your dual-vacation.
9. Leave Time For Romance
This is really a prerequisite for several relationships – traveling or not – it is best to leave room for sex Never get so engrossed in schedules and plans that you just forget about sex. You are not dating a pal, you’re dating someone who has given permission to see them naked and touch their stuff. So, in the event that you feel a hankering for post-Louvre sexy times, get back to your hotel and knock boots until your teeth shatter. Then get yourself a post-coital baguette, because apparently we’re in France.
10. Research
Let’s be honest, don’t assume all country will probably be as easy-going, safe and accepting of selfie sticks as America. That said, just do some research about where you’re going before you book your tickets. If however you visit a country where white T-shirts are outlawed, consider not wearing a white T-shirt. An instant Google search will procure all the details you should keep you as well as your loved one safe.
11. Keep Planning
Don’t make your random visit to Iceland a one-time romantic trip that happened nine years back. Continue planning trips, continue taking pictures, continue saving your cash for that crazy-long plane ride to Australia. Honestly, in the event that you keep things from getting boring, they simply won’t get boring.

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