How Can Long Term Travelling Couples Keep the Romance Alive?

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

On a date night in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
On a date night in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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!

Kayaking in Borneo


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.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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.

Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.

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  1. The fact is that few couples realize that relationships are not only feelings, but also constant work on them. It’s not always good with a person. Often, couples have problems, and you definitely need to talk about them with your partner, because deliberately hiding the problem only harms your relationship, when you are angry about what annoys you, but you don’t talk about it with your partner, he continues to do what which makes you grumpy.

    Traveling is even more difficult as you experience a certain amount of stress from changing locations in which you are. The main thing you need to learn to do in order for you to be comfortable together is to talk about what bothers you. Especially if it’s related to a partner. Unfortunately, the lack of conversation in a couple often leads to divorce through, or in any other way. Try to save the magic of your relationship, it will help you a lot in the future!

  2. According to research, the constant stress associated with our work, home, social and political life can cause the areas of the brain responsible for memory, spatial recognition and stress regulation to shrink, so I try to take care of my health. In order to somehow control my mental health, I use the online therapy help contacting a licensed specialist, where I always receive timely emotional support in various life situations. Agree, it’s always nice when you listen and help. It was online therapy that helped me improve my daily well-being.

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