9 Must-know tips for your first ever vacation as a couple
Some people say that the first holiday away can actually make or break a relationship, as it can be the first time that you will have spent 24 hours a day in each other’s company. It is an exciting time and it can be a wonderful experience, but there are some pitfalls to watch out for too. If you are about to embark on your first vacation together as a couple, then read these 9 tips on how to make sure that it is a success:
1. Keep it relaxed
Don’t try and pack too much into your first vacation together. You will want time to relax and to get to know one another better and setting rigid timetables and hectic schedules won’t allow you to do that.
2. Choose your destination carefully
If this is your first vacation together, then don’t assume that you know what type of holiday it is that your partner would prefer. Talk to each other about what your ideal holiday would be and then, research destinations, carefully, to make sure that you will both get what you want.
3. Try a short break first
Before you go on your first, two weeks or more, vacation, try a short weekend break first. That way you can find out more about what each other’s taste and expectations are, before you commit to a longer period away together.
4. Don’t be afraid to do some things separately
Just because you are on holiday together, that doesn’t mean that you need to spend every second of every day together. If you want to go shopping, and he does not, there’s no harm in splitting up for a while and meeting up again later.
5. Be prepared to compromise
You won’t be on this vacation on your own, so you will have to be prepared to compromise a little. No single one of you should be taking all the decisions on where to go, what to do and where to eat, the decisions should all be made jointly. If you can’t agree, then take it in turns to choose.
6. Work out the money, before you go
Be sure that you both know who is paying for what and what your budgets are, before you leave for your vacation. One of the biggest causes of arguments between couples is money, so work all that out first, so you both know where you are with the finances.
7. Don’t get drunk!
Holidays in the past may have included overindulging at the free bar at an all-inclusive resort, but be careful not to overdo the alcohol on the first holiday as a couple. You don’t want to make a fool of yourself and nor do you want to spend a week in bed with sunstroke and a hangover.
8. Don’t blame your partner, if something goes wrong
Things do go wrong on vacations. Flights are delayed, things are forgotten and people turn up late, but don’t get into the blame game, if there’s a bit of a crisis while you away. Treat it as being all a part of the adventure and work together to resolve any problems that might crop up.
9. Don’t propose just yet!
Sun, sea and sangria can have an amazing affect but don’t be tempted to propose on the moonlit beach, on your very first vacation. It might be a beautiful moment, but it takes more than one vacation to really get know each other.