Top: Mt. Emily, Oregon; Bottom Lft: Salt Lake City town square; Bottom Rt: Great Salt Lake
This weekend we made a trek. Friday morning we were in Seattle, WA. Abracadabra, and tonight we are in Omaha, NE. It might not have been as smooth as waving a wand, but it definitely was filled with memories. We stopped for some sleep in Idaho, Utah & Wyoming, Nebraska with a few bathroom breaks in between, but that was about it. Constant car time (8-10.5 hr trips) with Nick got me thinking that maybe I could help couples out with tips on traveling with their significant other. As a result, maybe you’ll both survive. 🙂
Tip #1: TIME ALONE. This is very important for your own personal sanity. It could be anything from sticking your headphones in and watching a movie to going for a quick walk at the rest stop.
Tip #2: DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY. You don’t even have to be on a road trip to do this one. In order to make new memories and grow together, I find it crucial to try something new frequently. A large part of our trip has been discovering new places, people and experiences and it keeps us on our toes. I love this!
Tip #3: DON’T SPEAK. This one resembles the first tip, but it is different. Sometimes all you need is to sit next to someone in your own thoughts. Some of the greatest moments shouldn’t have to include words.
Tip #4: LISTEN. Even if I am always right (hardly ever), listening is key. Actually, this tip applies to any healthy relationship. However, in a cramped car with no room to walk away from disagreements you are given many opportunities to better you’re relationship by listening to one another. *Note: Tip #3 is not meant to follow tip #4.
Tip #5: BE THERE (for yourself too). Last tip, but certainly not the least. Traveling can be stressful, draining, surprising and captivating. That said, in order to make sure that the good times outweigh the challenging times, focus on the moment. Try to be there emotionally, physically and spiritually for yourself and your significant other.
Hope this helps! Any questions or other tips, please feel free to comment below.
Love from the central time zone!