Traveling is really one of the most amazing things that we’ve ever done together. The memories created will last a lifetime and these are moments that you will treasure forever. Till today, i’m still happily rattling off to all my friends about the countless travel adventures that we’ve been through and i know that this is something that i will never stop doing.
So here’s our take on why you should travel with your partner! 🙂
1. Travel bonds people.
Through the many obstacles and experiences that you will go through together while traveling, you’ll get to build a bond so strong that nothing can come between. The experiences that you share will be so special and only the 2 of you will truly understand what you’ve both gone through together. Trust me, the bond that travel builds ain’t the same as the bond built through shopping or watching movies.
2. Two minds are always better than one.
Every individual has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. At times when you’re at a crossroad, it’s always good to have a second opinion on the path to take. Especially when you’re in a situation when a decision needs to be made urgently and you can’t think straight, it’s always good to have the other person to make that decision for you.
3. Happiness is doubled when shared.
Be it when you’re about to jump out of a plane from a height of 15,000ft, viewing the sunrise from a hot air balloon, or trekking through the wilderness, it always feels so good to have your special someone next to you, sharing that magical moment with you. You can never get tired of relieving those memories together again and again as compared to going through that same experience alone or with a complete stranger.
4. It’s always nice to have that someone to look out for you, and to take care of you.
When you’re out there in a foreign land, and all you’ve got is your partner to rely on, that’s when trust really comes into place. You just gotta have faith and trust that both you and your partner will always keep a look out for each other.
I can’t express enough my gratitude towards Daniel for taking care of me when i was down with severe food poisoning in Myanmar. During that time i felt so horrible and weak as my body rejected food for 3 days. I really thought i was gonna die. But luckily i’ve got Daniel by my side to keep me going and to ensure that i’m still alive. But yes, through all these experiences and other near death experiences, we know that we’ve definitely got each other’s back.
5. Discover those bad habits of your partner first, before it’s too late.
Through travel, you’ll also get to discover so many interesting things about your partner, both good and well, not so good. But nobody is perfect right? The beauty lies in these differences that make things so much more interesting! Imagine having to face this person almost 24/7 for the entire time that you’re traveling. It’s either a make or break. All of your partner’s bad habits will slowly start to show. But well, it’s better to discover all these now then when in the future right? At least for now, you can still decide if you’re able to accept those traits of his/her.
6. Always good to have an extra pair of helping hands.
For example, we usually keep track of our expenses when we travel. Daniel handles the cash while I key in the accounts in this iphone application – iXpenseIt. It can be quite challenging doing both at the same time on your own. It’s always better to have a dedicated someone to do the task. Or like when handling a large amount of cash, it’s always safer to have 2 pairs of eyes to keep watch over it. Also, it’s so much more convenient to be able to just pass your belongings to someone you can trust while you head off to the toilet.
7. Your expenses are halved.
It’s so much more economical to travel with someone. For example, you get to share the cost of accommodation, activities, cab fares, meals, checked-in baggage and more!
8. Two is better than four.
Two persons balance out the freedom one gets from travelling alone together with the lack of freedom when travelling in a group.
9. You’ll never be bored (especially when you have such an entertaining boyfriend like mine haha)
We’ll often have to take loooooong bus rides or train rides when traveling from one place to another. During these times i’m really so happy to have Daniel by my side to keep me well entertained.
10. Understand each other on a whole new level.
When you’re out of your comfort zone, that’s when the true test sets in. From the way you react to stress or difficult situations to the way you make decisions. For me, I’m usually more of the “gan jiong” kind (easily agitated and uptight) while Dan is usually as cool as a cucumber. I will always end up ‘over preparing” while he’s always preparing for something only at the very last minute. But this way, we learn to understand the way both of us work and accommodate to each other. Also, we learn to tell when the other party’s in a bad mood and when we should persist, or to back off.
This is also why we have both quit our jobs and will be heading off for our 1 year travel from China to Europe this August 2014! During this Footprints Across Asia expedition, we will be covering off the beaten track destinations such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkey and more! Like us on our Sunrise Odyssey Facebook page if you haven’t already done so to follow us on our exciting adventure! We will be posting lots of interesting stories and photos of our Footprints Across Asia journey on our website and Facebook!
So what are you waiting for! Go book that air ticket now and travel with your partner. Enjoy! 🙂