So the courting has been done and the honeymoon stage is officially over. You’ve discovered his authentic home Thai cooking is actually Golden Mai Thai down the road, and he’s clued on to your “just woke up face” really meaning “I’ve spent an hour in front of the mirror whilst you were still asleep” face.
You’re not quite finishing each other sentences, but you’re definitely comfortable enough to wear your daggiest trackies all weekend, or eat that last piece of pizza in front of them if you really want to. You are totally Facebook official and you’ve even met each other’s friends and family (even crazy cross-dressing Uncle Sam, who goes under Samantha these days). What better way to cement the relationship but plan an overseas trip of a lifetime together?!
It’s often said that travelling with your partner can either make or break a relationship. Throw in living in each other’s pockets 24/7, coupled with jetlag, stress and lack of sleep and this can easily become a recipe for attempted murder, I mean
Don’t fear. There are certain things you can do to ensure your dreamy twosome remains as such and you two lovebirds return from your adventure even more in love
Sorry to get all grown up on you, but researching and planning really
Compromise - I know I’m being a kill-joy here, but when planning your itinerary you really do need to be considerate of each other and take into account what the other person really wants to see or visit. If your partner has been dreaming of seeing a matador in Spain since the age of five, but you’d much rather relax with a bottle of wine and pizza in Italy than you really need to compromise here.
Give each other space - You don’t live in each other’s pockets 24 hours a day at home, so why would you when you’re
The habits and idiosyncrasies that you used to find endearing, can quickly irritate the bee-
Keep your sense of humour - things are going to go wrong! No matter how much time and thought you’ve put into it or how organised you are, things are just not always going to go to plan. Luggage might get lost, you might miss a flight, and your taxi driver might take you to the wrong side of the city and leave you there. I know it’s tempting but having a tantrum and kicking and screaming the ground whilst simultaneously yelling at your other half, just makes you look like a deranged crazy person. Unless your intention really is to become a crazy old lady/man with only your 27 cats to keep you company, we suggest you dust yourself off, pick yourself up and have a laugh. It’ll be ok. You’ll sort it out. Together.
Lastly, don’t forget to take time for the romance! The best thing about being on the other side of the world together is that you can do totally lame stuff like starring into each other’s eyes on a gondola in Venice, or declare your love for each other while attempting bad French in front of the Eiffel Tower, and seriously no one will be the wiser. Go for it I say. I won’t tell if you don’t.