Your first vacation away together as a couple is a big step. Perhaps this is the first time that you will be spending such a substantial amount of time together and you are feeling slightly nervous about that. Perhaps with so many things to consider (where in the world you want to travel, what accommodation style you should opt for, etc) then you are feeling overwhelmed about what to organise first, and who is responsible for what aspect of the trip planning.
This article discusses some of the ways in which you can make the trip planning process a little easier so that you can concentrate on enjoying this romantic time as opposed to stressing about it.
Discuss the Destination Together First
Arguably the most important step in planning your trip is determining where you would like to go and agreeing on a destination that suits you both. There is no use in booking a trip to see the pyramids of Giza if one of you had absolutely no interest in history or is terrified of flying.
Equally if one of you is an adventure junkie whereas the other loves a quiet, relaxing vacation spent relaxing then a little work needs to be done in order to uncover a destination that suits both parties interests.
Realize Your Budget
It’s important to establish your budgets and travel styles. One of you may be accustomed to travelling in style and luxury whereas the other is a seasoned backpacker who wants to organize everything at the lowest rates possible. Be sure that you are on the same page about budget expectations so that neither party winds up stressed trying to finance a vacation that they cannot really afford, or that one person isn’t having to foot the bill for both of you because a prior conversation was not had.
In a situation where you have a significant mismatch of budget or earnings, try to steer towards a vacation and destination that better suits the lower income partner.
Establish a Daily Budget
Okay so you have a general understanding of the overall budget for your trip, but it’s important to break this down into daily allowances. By doing so, this also helps you to be clear on how much things will cost instead of vaguely deciding that you don’t want to spend too much.
For instance, if you allow yourself a budget of $20 a day after accommodation costs are taken care of, then you can search for activities and restaurants that suit your budget and therefore you can manage and reduce the risk of overspending.
Decide Which Accomodation Option You Prefer
Again this depends somewhat on your travel style as well as your personal preferences. If you want to feel relaxed and pampered – then a luxury boutique hotel or an all inclusive resort will be perfect for your couples vacation. In this manner, you know that you have everything you could possibly want at your fingertips during your stay at the hotel or resort.
If you prefer to reduce costs as much as possible then you could opt for self catered accommodation and rent an apartment or a similar holiday home. In this way, you have the flexibility of preparing your own meals which helps you in sticking to a budget.
Decide Who Will Organize What
It’s important to determine who will be responsible for the trip planning so that neither one party feels as though they are lumbered with organizing everything – or to the other hand, neither person feels as though they have no input whatsoever.
Consider drawing up a list of things that need to be done prior to departure – i.e. booking flight tickets, selecting accommodation, booking travel insurance, etc. Once you have a clear understanding of what needs to be done then you can assign tasks to each other and then check in every few days to see how you are progressing.
Discuss Your Luggage
When you are travelling as a couple, sure you are both likely to take your own suitcases with you on vacation but it is worthwhile to discuss what you are each packing. In this manner you can cut down on the amount of baggage that you take (and potentially baggage fees) by making sure that there are no duplicate items.
For instance, perhaps you are only travelling for four or five days, so is it really necessary that both of you have packed an abundance of sunscreen and after sun products? Discuss what you are taking and maybe exchange packing lists so you don’t load yourselves up with too much unnecessary stuff!
Plan a Rough Schedule
It’s worthwhile to do your research before heading off on vacation and potentially drawing up a rough schedule of things you would like to see and do while you are away. You don’t need to tie yourselves into a restrictive itinerary (after all it’s nice to leave your options open should something ad-hoc and unexpected come up while you are away) but make sure that you have some ideas so that you are not heading off blindly on your trip and so that you make the most of your time away together.
Keep all of these tips in mind when you’re planning your next trip. This is going to be your first trip together so you want to be sure you are prepared for anything that might happen.