Taking a holiday with a new partner can be a risky move. Sure, it may help you get to know them better by observing them outside of their normal surroundings while also giving you a common experience. However, it can also put unexpected stress and unnecessary expectations on your relationship.
Are you considering taking a trip with your new partner? Don't book your hotel until you first read our tips.
Know the Plan
When you're planning a get-away, you have to know where you're going, how long you'll be gone and how frugal or extravagant you'll be with your money. When you're traveling with a significant other, you have to be prepared for the unexpected, particularly when the relationship is still young and you don't know your partner's style. Their idea of what constitutes a fun and rejuvenating holiday may be vastly different from your own.
Avoid any awkward disagreements by being upfront with your plans. Don't assume that vacationing in a beach town means that you'll spend your days lounging near the water. Your partner may be eager to spend the week hiking, biking or ziplining their way through the trip. Also, don't be shy about discussing the finances of the trip and who will pay for what. The more specific you can be with your planning, the happier everyone will be.
Don't Be Afraid to Go It Alone
Are you and your current partner living together? If not, you may be in for some interesting surprises. Your significant other's cute little idiosyncrasies become a little less cute when there's no break from them (before you start feeling superior, just remember that you have your own little quirks). Just because you're on holiday together doesn't mean that you have to spend every waking moment in each other's presence. If your sweetheart is envisioning lazy days of reading on the beach and you're ready to pack up your gear and explore, be willing to go your separate ways for a few hours. This is the best way to ensure that you and your partner both have an enjoyable holiday without feeling like the other person is keeping them from spending it the way that they want.
Discuss Food Preferences
Maybe you enjoy experimenting with local fare while your partner prefers to stay with what he or she is comfortable or familiar. Since food is a pretty big part of any holiday, it's important to discuss how you'll be dining. Just like every other area of your relationship, compromise is important. However, if your partner hates kimchi, they're probably not going to eat it just because you're in South Korea. Be upfront with dining preferences, and be willing to seek out a middle ground that will suit you both.
Think about the Accommodations
A small hotel room can make even the most devoted lovers feel a little stir-crazy. However, if you and your partner have not been together long, it may be the source of a truly unforgettable feud. A partner that is a restless sleeper, or one who travels with a lot of clothes, accessories and anything else they could possibly need while away from home, may make cozy accommodations feel claustrophobic. If possible, spend a little more for a more spacious hotel room or a larger bed.
Figure Out Where You Stand with Technology
Does your significant other have the habit of checking their text messages, favorite social media sites or email throughout dinner? A little annoyance like that may turn into a huge issue when you're on holiday. For some, a break from daily life may mean that they set aside their phone or tablet to focus on where they are and who they're with, using technology only when it's absolutely necessary. For others, it may mean that they mentally disengage and enjoy the freedom to indulge their love for technology without inhibitions. Understandably, how someone uses technology on holiday can be a pretty polarising issue. If your partner is willing, lay some ground rules when it comes to technology or at least be upfront with how you plan to use it.
By communicating what you are expecting from your holiday with your new partner, you can ensure that your get-away goes smoothly and is as enjoyable as possible.
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