Have boyfriend, will travel

By: Diana D’Amato

Spring break and summer vacation bring a vast amount of travel opportunities. If you are dating someone, it’s an opportunity to plan a romantic getaway together. When coordinating a trip with your significant other, it is important to be mindful of your partner and the time you will be spending together.

First and foremost, plan the vacation together.  Pick a location that offers ideal features for both of you to enjoy.  That way, both of your needs are met and you’ll be traveling somewhere you are both excited about.

Plan activities you will both enjoy and can do together. Find out if your hotel has an activities calendar and check out your options. Try to find something you would both enjoy like a hike, spa session, or art class. Or try something new! Depending on your location, you may even be able to find a day trip to tour a nearby town. These activities create a special memory to carry with you long after the vacation is over. You can lay on a beach anytime; now’s your chance to explore the area or do something exciting.

If necessary, plan your own separate activities. Not every couple has the exact same hobbies, so don’t be afraid to take it upon yourself to attend an event your significant other may not be interested in. And vice versa. If you can, try to plan this in advance: set up your spa day for when they want to hit the golf course. For my fellow introverts, this is a great way to have some time to yourself after so much time of constant contact. Being in such close proximity to someone, no matter how much you care for them, can sometime grow tiresome. So, carving out this time to yourself can be reinvigorating.

But, know that compromise is the key to any good relationship. This doesn’t mean dragging your S.O. to something you know they’ll hate. Just be ready to make sacrifices and indulge your partner in something that excites them. After all, this is about spending time relaxing together.

Try to spring for a romantic night out. This is an especially great idea if you are traveling with a group or family. It gives you a chance to have some alone time and reconnect. Plus, a memorable date night will ultimately heighten your vacation experience.

If you are a planner like me, be flexible.  Leave wiggle room in case things go off course. There’s only so much you can predict, so adding in extra time will help avoid feeling rushed in the end. Plus, it takes some of the stress of you. Think less detailed and more big picture. It can lead to quality Kodak moments and memories you won’t soon forget.

Going on a trip together briefly throws you into sharing a living situation.  Newer couples that have never lived together may find this to be challenging at first. For what may be the first time in your relationship, you are sharing the same space, this can be intimidating. Be prepared for bad habits to creep in once you both get comfortable. Whether it’s finding out that they leave their clothes on the floor or that they don’t like how you take up all the counter space in the bathroom. This can be a real test of your ability to potentially cohabitate with your significant other. But try not to let the close quarters stress you out. Be patient with each other.

This is a chance to relax and enjoy your partner’s company. You can learn a lot about them when you’re sharing a hotel room and have nothing but time on your side. But most importantly, remember to have fun. It is a vacation after all.