Seeing the world with your sweetheart can be a wonderful romantic adventure – but going on a long term backpacking trip as a couple isn’t all roses and chocolate.
There will be plenty of stress factors, including culture shock, jet lag, language barriers and the occasional nightmare hostel. How do you stay happy and madly in love while dealing with the challenging aspects of backpacking around the world?
Here are some ways that long term travelling couples can keep the spark going in their relationship – even while on the road:
Sweet Little Gestures
The other day in Cali, Colombia Lee went to the supermarket to pick up some food to cook for dinner at the hostel. While he was there he saw a jar of Nutella – which is not always easy to find in South American shops. Knowing that I absolutely love the chocolatey hazelnut spread, he brought it back for me as a surprise. Little gestures like that don’t cost much and are pretty simple, but they show your partner that you were thinking about them.
Plan a Date Night
Every now and then, put the effort into planning a night that is a little more special. Get dressed up and go out for a romantic dinner in Dubai or sip swanky cocktails on a rooftop in Bangkok. Stay in a slightly nicer private room instead of the hostel dorm and splurge on a nice bottle of wine. Even if you are on a tight travel budget, you can save money in other ways so that you can splurge on an occasional night of luxury.
Try Something New Together
When you go outside of your comfort zone and do something new and thrilling together, it can really spark excitement in your relationship! Whether it’s learning to salsa dance in Colombia, kayaking in Borneo or bungee jumping in New Zealand, just go for it!
Split Up for the Day
As I mentioned in another article, it’s crucial for travelling couples to take time for themselves and do different activities. When you travel together you are around each other 24/7, so it’s good to take a break from each other’s company. You will return feeling refreshed and with plenty to talk about. I call it “allowing time to miss each other”.
Enjoy the Excitement
Being on the road can be very romantic. I think that romance thrives on excitement and new experiences and when you are traveling together you encounter those moments every day.
When you are wandering through the streets of Rome, lounging on the beaches of Portugal, or hiking in the mountains of Canada, there is always something new around the corner. Getting to know each other in the context of each unique location lets you truly fall in love with each other over and over again. Embrace these moments, so that you can keep the romance going on your travels.
How do you keep romance alive on the road? Let us know in the comments below.