Travelling together for the first time can be a make or break for the relationship. You can learn more about someone within two weeks of travelling, than you can by dating someone for two months. Even if you already live together, travelling can be a bit more intense.
When caught with making tough decisions on the road, stress levels can rise. Not to mention, you will have little to no privacy! Take the below precautionary steps before breaking your travelling virginity with your partner!
Before embarking on a month long journey through Europe together, try taking a short weekend trip away first! Book a nice weekend getaway not far from where you love for a couple nights and see how you two work as a team. Remember, being together 24/7 is going to be a huge adjustment, and you will have to start making decisions together once out on the road. Make sure you are both ready and comfortable with each other taking the lead at different times!
Make sure you are on the same page
Make sure you and your partner are on the same page before packing those suit cases. Sit down with them and make the big decisions like what hotel, what day trips and even where you are going to eat. Even picking the destination place can be challenging if you both want different things. Also, don't always go for 'the most romantic' vacay spot, anything can be made romantic if you want it to be.
Be flexible. Remember, this isn't a trip by yourself. When planning the getaway, each of you should make a list of things you want to accomplish or do on this vacation. Then pick and choose from those lists what is more important to both of you. Make sure you take into consideration what your partner wants, whether it be to shop for an afternoon, or to simply sleep in a bit longer one morning. If one of you loves picking the good restaurants, let them pick where you will eat the first night. You will see, your partner will also become more flexible with your ideas.
Figure out your budget
This is probably the most important part of the planning process. Make sure that it is clear how much or how little you are wanting to spend on this vacation. That will determine what you do and where you stay. If you don't sort this out before leaving, and your partner wants to splurge on the most expensive hotel when you are thinking hostels, problems will arise. Be considerate when discussing this so you don't offend your partner. Money can be a sticky issue!
Roll with the punches
Try to not fret about the small stuff. If you miss the train to your next destination or there are no more rooms left in the hostel you were planning on staying in – let it slide! These are little things that won't be a huge deal in the grand scream of things. Remain positive. With only a small window of opportunity to be together, try not to put extra stress on the other or even yourself.