The 5 Phases Of Going On A Vacation With Your Partner

When you think about planning a vacation with your partner it should be a time where the both of you get to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Unfortunately, there’s always stress that comes along with planning a trip. Whether you’re going for a weekend, a week, or even longer, getting out-of-town with your partner is definitely a special experience.

If you live with your partner before you go on your summer vacation, then maybe some of these brutal phases won’t be as brutal, but vacations are different, and your relationship might very well be a bit different once you both get back. Becoming aware of these 5 brutal phases before going on a vacation it might help you prepare yourself for when they actually happen.

Choosing A Destination

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Once you’ve both decided that a vacation is much needed, the next step is picking the perfect place. Maybe you’re wanting a beach and they’re wanting mountains and camping. It’s kind of frustrating to compromise on a destination, but it’s necessary. The best way to get past this phase is finding a place where you both can meet in the middle with your vacation needs. Consider narrowing your options down to the top 3 and taking it from there.

The Booking Process

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Just because you agreed on a location doesn’t mean you’re in the clear just yet. You both have to now sit down and try to figure out your budget for this whole shindig. Important questions to consider while booking your trip are, whether you’re flying or driving, staying in a hotel, a hostel, or an Airbnb, and what are your meal plans are going to be? You’ve got to be on the same page about these things before you leave or it’s going to be a hell of a trip. And not in a good way.

Getting There

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So, it’s time for your trip and you’re just so happy to get on the road and get going, right? Wrong. This might be the most intensive time of your vacay. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying or driving — you’re about to learn a whole lot about your partner. Flying is definitely the easier option when it comes to traveling because neither of you is in charge of getting to where you need to be. When it come’s to driving there are countless scenarios where an argument can break out like, who gets to pick the music, when you can pull over for a rest stop, and god forbid there’s traffic.. you’ve just entered a living nightmare.


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Likely, you both have already discussed if there are any activities you’ll want to do once you get to your vacation destination. But, when you’re there, the issue of when to do what will absolutely start to creep up. This means that the fundamental issue of who’s lazy and who isn’t will need to be addressed. If your partner wants more downtime and you don’t, it’ll be frustrating, and vice versa. Remember what we mentioned in phase one? It’s all about compromise. If you want a day to relax but your bae want’s to go sightseeing, try making time for both.

Who Needs Sleep?

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There are two types of people on vacations. There is the good kind, who believe that a vacation is a time for rest and that sleeping in is totally fine, and should be encouraged. And the other kind, who like to get up with the sun and make the most of their day. I get it, you’re in a gorgeous location, you’re not there for long, and you should savor every moment. But, if you and your partner are two different kinds of people when it comes to sleeping in on vacation, prepare yourself, cause it could get ugly real quick.

Going on a summer vacation with your significant other is fun, for the most part, but definitely prepare yourself for all the things that can go wrong. There’s nothing worse than spending time-fighting during a trip that was supposed to bring you both closer together.

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