Traveling can be an incredible experience for all who partake, but even the very best trips can have their moments of difficulty. Here are 10 topics that bring out the verbal fisticuffs for couples on vacation.
1. It’s all about the Benjamins, baby!
Spending too much (or too little) money while on vacation is a classic reason for couples to fight. Make sure to budget according to you and your partner’s habits, but set aside an additional 10-15% just in case something awesome crosses your path.
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2. What to do, what to do?
Figuring out what excursions to go on or what sights to see can be major cause of conflict for any couple. Do a little homework of your vacation destination to have a framework of where you’ll go visit. Agree on the must-do sights, and then you can just play the rest of the day by ear.
3. Family first…or not
Stopping to spend time with family when on a couple’s vacation can be a big time problem, especially if there are problems between you and/or your other and the family (yours or theirs). Click on the photo below to search and compare cheap flight to anywhere in the world with Skyscanner!
4. Bumps in the road
Sometimes unexpected issues occur during traveling. I once was stuck on the tarmac at JFK in New York for 4 hours. Being stuck in close quarters, be the plane, train, or automobile, can drive anyone bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S
5. Overly friendly locals
Sometimes people are friendly. And sometimes people are FRIENDLY. One person in the couple getting an inordinate amount of attention can cause the other to feel jealous, insecure, or just plain ol’ ornery.
6. Adults take turns
Having one person hogging all the activities time while the other is a glorified accessory is no fun. Pro Tip: plan ahead so everyone is satiated!
7. Scotch, scotch, scotch. I love scotch
There’s nothing wrong with having a drink or two or even three, but knowing your limit not only helps to avoid arguments, but also helps to keep everyone safe.
8. "Honey are you listening to me?" "Did you say something?"
Just like when you’re home, not listening to your significant other is going to cause problems. So take off those earmuffs, don’t get too lost in the sights and sounds, and pay attention to your partner!
9. Losing things
Sometimes things get lost on vacation. A wallet, luggage, your ID…heck we even heard of a small child who was left Home Alone a few times (but thanks to his clever mind and homemade weapons he survived). Don’t let things that can be replaced cause bad memories, which can’t be replaced. Yet. I’m sure the robots will find a way in the future. But not anytime soon. Unless the aliens do. Then we are all kind of out of luck.
10. Not learning to pick your battles
No one is perfect. Clinging to everything that your partner does that bothers you will only end up causing fight after fight after fight. You’re on vacation! Relax and take it easy and try to let things go. Because a vacation is a treat, and there’s nothing worse than being irritated, or feeling like you’re constantly irritating your partner. So don’t fight about nothing, and everything. Have fun!
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