Travelling as a couple was something that came very naturally to Charles and me, since it began with a vengeance right from our honeymoon in Mauritius. We’ve had a lot of people ask us with immense curiosity about how we make it work. But frankly, I couldn’t ask for a better travel companion and it doesn’t always have to do with the fact that we’re married to each other.
Travelling as a couple is safe. Whether it’s walking through a dubious neighbourhood trying to experience the gritty underbelly of a city or while taking a midnight stroll after a long dinner, we’ve never felt worried because we’ve always got each other. Travel experiences can sometimes be so intense that the first thing you want to do is tell someone how you’re feeling. All we have to do is turn to each other. And then there’s the practical bit, a double sharing room, a chopper ride for two, so many travel bookings turn out more economical when you’re in twos.
While travelling as a couple, you’re constantly in this insulated bubble, which can sometimes get in the way of interacting with others or really feeling the experience. This can in turn leave you with a single point of view (often biased) of a place, it’s people and culture. Sometimes travelling can also become a rut, with a couple going through the motions of the same routine in different places. But there are ways out of this. Get tips on how to travel as a couple based on our experiences in our next article: Travelling as a couple – How not to let it get ugly.
Disclaimer: Like with any venture that two people in a relationship decide to undertake, it will be testing, and will only work if there is a solid relationship to begin with. If there are gaps in your relationship, it’s bound to surface when you’re stuck next to each other for 13 hours at a stretch, 30,000 feet above sea level.