Similarly, after I pushed my partner to float in a river (between river rafting, they allowed us to get into the water for some time), he loved the experience! So while he had always been afraid of water, now he has become okay (kind of) to get into it with me.
2. It forced us to pause our hectic lives and reflect on ourselves
2019 was a hectic time for both of us. We had just gotten married. I was new to my job, fresh out of graduation. We were still settling into adulthood and getting used to managing our finances.
But, looking back, all the golden memories we made that year were through our travels.
More than just the experience of visiting new places, traveling gave us a change in our schedule. When you’re with the same person 24 hours a day, you are forced to sort out your unspoken differences or problems. That’s what happened with us too.
Sometimes we did have things to talk about, and sometimes we didn’t. And when we didn’t, there was precious peaceful silence. Precious because pre-pandemic we hardly got any silence with work and home:)
3. It allows you to see new sides of your partner
While I was aware of this difference between us as a couple, it hit me hard during our travels. I’m an extremely impulsive person who will get head-first into any adventure/activity, while my partner thinks 1000 times before getting into anything.
While I’m not a person who thinks through things before getting into it (which did bite me in the a*s sometimes), my partner thinks through all the positive and negative scenarios before approaching anything.
This attitude proved to be advantageous since I used to push him out of his comfort zones and live his life and little, and he pulled me back when I went too rash about our plans.
4. You learn how to work as a team (strengths and weaknesses)
It took some time to figure out, but we slowly found our grove working as a team.
I realized that I was good at finding discounts in hotels/trains/flights and planning the whole trip, while my husband was amazing at packing stuff. So the entire clothes department went to him, including repacking during our travel, while I planned our itinerary and found good restaurants.
A couple of years later, we now know exactly what to do in case of an upcoming trip, which makes things so much easier to deal with. It’s has become an unwritten rule in our household. Also, it felt like a mini-project that we put our efforts in to see the results.
5. Traveling together makes you practice give and take
Traveling together is not the same as staying together. You face multiple challenges, beautiful moments, and hardships. As a working couple, most of our regular days went in our day jobs, household chores, etc. But while traveling, you have to stay (or should I say ‘deal’…haha) with your partner 24/7.
For example, as mentioned above, he had to deal with my impulsiveness, and I had to deal with him being too cautious. There were a ton of other small things too. Everything came into play, from food preferences to mood swings, from travel choices to mode of transportation.
But the give and take are what made us understand each other more.
6. You learn how each of you handles emergencies
This was one more fact which hit me like a freight train. I’m horrible at handling emergencies, while he’s too good at it.