Last week we posted the first part of our interview with 8 different travel couples. They brought you their best and worst parts about travelling as a couple. As that piece went down so well here’s part 2 of our travel couples interview series. We hope you enjoy reading all our travel couples’ experiences!

1. Courtneyswanderlust

 

 
 
 
 
 
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How did you meet?

We met on tinder. He had signed back up and I was his first date. I didn’t have high hopes in general and had been planning on shutting my account down after our date. I ran 20 minutes late for our date. Got there, sat down at the bar with him and we started chatting. Not sure how long into the date it was, but it soon became clear we liked each other. 6 hours later our date finally ended and before we went our own ways we had already made plans for two nights later. We both went home that night and shut down our tinder accounts. We both knew we were meant for each other.

What’s the best part about being a travel couple?

The best part about traveling as a couple is how much fun we have together.  Our travel style compliments each other and we are a good match. We both seem to have the same sense of wanderlust. When we first started dating I already had plans to quit my job and spend three months in Asia. I was planning on leaving three months after we had met. By the third week of us dating we had already decided he was going to join me for part of my trip and we had a great time!  We jumped around from country to country and didn’t have a single fight. It was so easy; probably because our relationship is so easy.

What’s the worst part about being a travel couple?

The worst bit is the lack of bathroom privacy, especially when we first travelled together.  Being in foreign countries and eating new food can wreak havoc on your stomach. That combined with some of the places we stayed in being small; well I’m sure you can imagine the rest from there!

Do you have a memorable travel story?

One of the best stories from our travels was when we spent a couple days in Koh Phangan for the full moon party. We thought we were booking a “nice” hotel for the night of the party. Our thought was if we got something a little more expensive and a bit away from the party it would be quieter when we went to sleep after the party. That was a mistake!  Our room turned out to be a cement block that normally went for like $9 a night and they jacked up for the party to $100.  The party was amazing though. We wandered around on the beach with everyone and ate and talked half the night away. Even though we had only been dating for about 4 months that was the night we realised we both wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.  It set the tone for the rest of our trip knowing that we both felt there was something special between the two of us.

2. Twoticketstoanywhere

 

 
 
 
 
 
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How did we meet? 

We met 6 years ago at university. It was the first week of university and Jack had moved from Liverpool, his hometown, to Sheffield, which is Becky’s hometown. 

To cut a long story short, we were both out with our new friends from university, at a party, which is where we first met.

What’s the best part about being a travel couple?

The best part about travelling together is definitely the ‘together’ part. Like most couples, our lives back in the UK involved us working Monday-Friday. It meant the only time we spent with each other was after work when we were tired, or on the weekends. This wasn’t good enough for us! When we travel, we can spend as much time as we like together, carefree and without the worries and stresses of the ‘real world’.


What’s the worst part about being a travel couple?

There isn’t really a bad part about travelling together. Though if we had to choose it would be having to discuss and compromise on a lot of decisions we want to make. 

We are both easy going in terms of where we want to go, what we want to see and even how we’ll get there. The compromises we make usually comes when we decide where we want to eat! Jack has the ability to eat the same dish every meal of the day and not get bored. Becky, on the other hand, likes variety and wants to eat more than fried rice for every meal! 

This isn’t much of an issue. As compromise is always necessary in a relationship, but it would certainly be easier to only make decisions for yourself!

Do you have a memorable travel story? 

So we’d only been in Bali for 4 days, it was the first place that we travelled to all the way back in October last year. Like a lot of people, we decided to try out surfing whilst we were there. The lesson was fun but exhausting, like extremely exhausting. We finished the lesson early because we were so tired and not long afterwards Becky began to feel sick, possibly from the physical exertion. 

We tried to get a taxi back to our hostel. However, soon found out only the ‘local taxi mafia’ operate in the area and they were all asking for 3 times more than the rate of a normal taxi. Jack, not wanting to be ripped off, convinced Becky there was a quick route back that he’d found on apple maps and we’d be able to walk back in 15-20 minutes. 

Bad mistake?

We set off and soon found ourselves walking down a random dirt track that was largely covered in water and surrounded by cows. On the way, Jack’s plan backfired as he stepped in a puddle which flicked up all over his legs and back. The puddle, we have no doubt, was the cows’ toilet as it smelled horrifically like cow muck. 

At this point we managed to get off of the dirt track and onto an actual road. By this time the sun had set and it was pitch black. A little further on we saw a house, which had three dogs outside. We aren’t sure if they were strays, or lived at the house, but they protected it like it was their own. Every step we took closer they got more frantic, came closer and barked louder. When we finally edged past they proceeded to follow us for a few hundred meters still barking at us. All we could think was “we wish we’d had our Rabies jab!”


We finally made it back to the hostel smelling of cow poo. We weren’t the best of friends at this point as Becky still felt ill and Jack had dragged her on that horrible adventure. It wasn’t the best start to our travels but ultimately we can look back and laugh about it now!

3. Hedonomads

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 How did you meet?

We met some years ago when we were at university. Arianna came to my university as an exchange student and we took some courses together. We became friends but did not hang out much together.

Fast forward five years later; we met again, due to a set of “planned coincidences”. Suffice it to say, for whatever crazy reason, we were all over each other from the moment we met again.

What’s the best part about being a travel couple?

Travelling together plays an important role in our relationship. We like to think of it as an opportunity to leave the comforts of our home and throw ourselves into the unknown. Sharing that experience profoundly shapes our relationship.

We used to travel solo before being together, and this particular way of discovering the world has the benefit of total freedom. There are also some downsides though. Such as having no one to talk to at the dinner table or feeling lonely when surrounded by happy travel couples. Not least having anyone to share transportation and accommodation costs with. But most of all, the intimacy of sharing is something that defines the experience itself and being on your own cannot make up for it.

That mad ride on the scooter to get on time to the ferry leaving the island or the rain pouring on us, our bodies pressed tightly together and moving as fast as possible through the traffic. These are not just memories of an adventure; they are stories of us – powerful narratives that bind the tissue of who we are as a couple.

 What’s the worst part about being a travel couple?

From time to time you must compromise to find the road which works for both of you. For us this is rarely a problem. We know each other well enough and we are also both rather flexible. If you want to have a functioning relationship, being flexible is something you either are or you learn how to be. The most important thing is to listen to each other, take decisions together and not impose anything on your partner.

 Do you have a memorable travel story?

For us, every travel moment has been unique and we like to remember it as such. It’s very difficult to single one out without doing injustice to many others.  One that comes to mind though, was our first summer vacation in the naturist village of Cap d’Agde in France. This totally threw us out of our comfort zone. We experienced so many new things together. What we think is most important is we paved the way for how we communicate about the unknown, about our desires and fears that is vital in a relationship.

Tip

“Travel can bring about situations of discomfort and concern and you should not keep that to yourself. So, talk to each other, tackle potential issues as they take shape and don’t let them get the best of you.”

Hedonomads

4. Adventureswitheric

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 How did you meet?

Through the dating app Bumble like any respectable couple.  We both swiped right (obviously) and over a year and a half later here we are.

What’s the best part about being a travel couple?

It’s fun to enjoy new experiences with someone else.  You’re able to talk with someone about it. You can share the same experience together and it can open your eyes to new and different things.  It can also spark conversation and create memories you share together.  Each trip we take teaches us something different about a place or about each other.  I’m grateful to have a travel partner in crime who appreciates art, food, sports, and experiencing other things with me.  I feel pretty lucky.  I hope Eric feels the same way.

What’s the worst part about being a travel couple?

One of our worst memories was in West Texas. We didn’t know where we were going and we pulled into a gas station on fumes.  Also, not to point fingers but Eric doesn’t like when our GPS and I don’t tell him fast enough where and when to turn.  Things can get a little dicey at times.  However, we have learned to better communicate through experiences like these.

Do you have a memorable travel story?

When we went to Houston this summer we purchased tickets to go to an Astros baseball game on the Friday night.  Little did we know it was Star Wars night.  Eric is a huge Star Wars fan and it was fun taking photos with characters before the game.  The fireworks show at the end of the game was choreographed to the Star Wars theme music.  It was pretty awesome!

We’d like to thank all the 8 travel couples we interviewed for this post. We hope you enjoyed reading their different perspectives of travelling as a couple. Do you have any memorable travel stories from when you travelled with your partner? We’d love for you to share them in the comments below.

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