I love the idea of travelling the world solo. Getting on a plane, going down a road of self discovery, meeting new people and concurring the world. You find yourself in Bali with a coconut in your hand and are living in complete bliss.. sounds unreal right? That was my plan in fact, until I met the love of my life who changed that. In a good way. While I’ve had my time abroad alllllll alone and have had my time with someone – I think I decided that I love travelling with a partner instead of solo.
Solo travel is great. You grow and you learn and you really see what you’re made of. We live in this digital age were we CAN take off on a dimes notice or do crazy spontaneous trips. And as some people like to still fight me on – yes, girls can travel solo. We can do whatever we want! Times have changed over these past 10 years where more and more of us are hopping on planes alone and becoming #girlbosses – yet, I still prefer to travel with my boyfriend. He’s pretty cute.
And contrary to belief that is okay! I personally think travelling with a partner is much harder and grows not only you – but your relationship! How many of you agree?
But if you’re tired of hearing how things can “grow you,” here are 10 other reasons why I love travelling with a partner instead of solo!
Why I Love Travelling With A Partner
Someone to help you when you’re sick – In Thailand I thought I was invincible by the second night. I fearlessly ordered the strawberry crepe from a night market completely ignoring the rule “If you can’t peel it, don’t eat it.” So sometime in the middle of the night I woke up with the WORSE pain in my stomach. I actually thought I was dying and needed to go to the hospital. I woke Aaron up and he said “You’re fine.” I could have punched him. But after dragging myself around the villa to the bathroom, taking advil, and complaining some more Aaron finally understood I wasn’t being dramatic and began his caretaker role which included rubbing my tummy till I fell asleep. Feeling feeble and confused alone would have make the night that much worse.
Stay safe – I know this is the age of strong independent women but I personally feel that much better when I have someone with me. Would I ever let this hinder me and not travel solo? No. I would totally go solo! But having a partner to travel with never hurt anyone.
Shared responsibility – While I ask for my boyfriends input when it comes to planning a trip I usually do all the work. No I’m not complaining! I ask what he wants to see and I plan away because I love it! I love researching places and I love surprising him on where were going to go next. Like Ronda for example. But then he comes in and helps with the number side of things and actually says “This would be a good blog post.” Dawwwww <3
Sticky situations – When I went to Japan the second time with Aaron my debit card got compromised by a fraudulent machine at the airport! Really?! It was day one. I called my bank and they said I needed to be there in person to reactivate my card. I told them I’m in Asia for 5 weeks and they said there wasn’t anything they could do so if it wasn’t for my suga daddy I would have been trapped in Japan! Not that I would complain at all.
Someone to share moments with – I love that I get to share experience with Aaron. We rented a boat in Positano recently and if I had been alone I probably wouldn’t have done that. Because as awesome as it would be, I just don’t think it would have been the same with me on a boat all alone, in a random place, with no cell service.
I’m shy – On my first solo trip to Europe I forced myself to be extra friendly and not so awkward so I could make some friends and I did! But now that the pressure’s off I find myself much more relaxed on my travels. I used to think people were staring at me because I was alone and always think I had food on my face or toilet paper stuck on my shoe.
Someone to be nostalgic with – I don’t know about you but I don’t like talking about my travels to people unless they want to know more. It’s not that I don’t want to share my stories with people but I think after a while it becomes annoying. I can tell people how amazing it was to have a bath with elephants in Thailand, or I spent my birthday at a luxury apartment in Hong Kong, or I’ve been to Paris four times so I don’t feel the need to see the Eiffel Tower anymore or that I got to relax on a beach in Barcelona with my love but then it goes “So what have you been up too?” Where they reply, “Not much.” And then I feel like an ass. It might seem like bragging, but to us travellers, it’s just stuff we did. That’s all.
Eat all the food – I don’t like eating at restaurants alone. I remember when I was in Budapest by myself and I was just just soooo awkward. I bumped into tables, had trouble with reading the menu and tried ordering but they didn’t understand what I meant so I panicked and started tripping over my words.. I’m quite the awkward human. Having my boyfriend there calms me down because all the pressures off me.
Can have alone time and couple time -You can still have alone time even if you do have a partner. There’s been times where I would run out of our place in Madrid to go get coffee or one of us would part ways to spend more time enjoying a view. You have the luxury to decide!
We take each others pictures – I’m lucky that I have such a patient boyfriend to take photos of me trying to look candid (and failing) and I get to take his photos instead of asking random people to. I can be a lot more picky with Aaron instead of asking a random person to try again! That would just seem bossy I think!
What do you prefer? Solo or partnered travel? Share in the comments they make my day! You all are so nice when you do <3