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9 Planning Tips when Travelling with Another Couple

9 Tips when Travelling with Another Couple

by Mary Chong
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You’re hanging out with a couple of friends enjoying a lovely dinner out, and someone says, “Hey, we should go on vacation together!”

Sound familiar?

Traveling with another couple can be a tonne of fun, but it can also be a tonne of heartache.

We are fortunate that we know a few couples that we love as travel companions. On the flip side, we also know of a few couples with whom we could never travel with, but they are great fun to hang out with for a few hours. There is nothing wrong with this and doesn’t make them any less of a friend — we just know that we have different travel styles.

Before you book that all-inclusive vacation for 4, read these nine tips when vacationing with another couple:

What’s in This Article

Tip 1. Make sure you ALL get along
Tip 2. Trial Run
Tip 3. Multitask
Tip 4. Budget
Tip 5. Communication
Tip 6. Separate Beds
Tip 7. Spousal Time
Tip 8. Fight Fair
Tip 9. Everyone is unique
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Tip 1. Make sure you ALL get along

You may be BFF’s with Susie but does your better half get along well with Susie’s better half or are they just tolerating each other for your sake? Make sure you all get along before you start planning that journey to Asia.

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Tip 2. Trial Run

Before you plan a 3-week adventure through Europe, do a trial run first and go on a weekend getaway close to home.

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Tip 3. Multitask

During the planning stages, make sure that you split up the tasks between all parties according to strengths and weaknesses. Divide and conquer to ensure that everyone handles some of the “work”. No one wants the pressure of planning the whole trip alone.

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Tip 4. Budget

When going on holiday with another couple, make it clear early on in the planning stages as to what the budget is for the trip so that there aren’t any unintended financial pressures imposed on anyone involved.

9 Planning Tips when Going on holiday with Another Couple
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Tip 5. Communication

Communication is the key to remaining friends before, during, and after the trip. Be honest and speak up. If you require washroom breaks every hour — let everyone know ahead of time so that they aren’t surprised or annoyed during the trip.

 
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Tip 6. Separate Beds

Stay in separate hotel rooms. It may seem like sharing a hotel room with another couple is a great way to save some cash by booking two queen size beds in 1 hotel room with your travel companions, but for your sanity, I feel it’s best to book two hotel rooms. And that brings us to our next point.

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Tip 7. Spousal Time

Plan some alone time with your partner. You don’t need to spend 24/7 with the other couple.

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Tip 8. Fight Fair

All couples have disagreements from time to time. Don’t hold a grudge and don’t make things uncomfortable by pulling the other couple into the disagreement — save it for later when you are alone.

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Tip 9. Everyone is unique

Be mindful of everyone’s interests. It’s perfectly acceptable to separate and do different activities and then regroup for common interests.

9 Planning Tips when Travelling with Another Couple. Keep this in mind the next time someone at a dinner party says "Hey, lets go on vacation together!"

Keep these 9 points in mind the next time you are considering traveling with another couple.

Planning a road trip? Check out our article 10 Road Trip – Rules

Do you have any tips to add to this list for traveling with other couples? Feel free to comment below.

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1 comment

Experienced June 21, 2019 - 5:58 pm

Realize that your BFF couple, one or both of them, might be drawn to fostering a friendship with another couple or one member of the other couple they meet on the your trip. You may feel compatible with the couple you are traveling with, but, perhaps, unbeknownst to you, the other couple, or one member of that couple appeals to your BFFs for one reason or another in ways other than you and your partner do. Different strokes for different folks. When you think about it, you may find a difference that you discover between you and the couple you’re traveling with may, in fact, be why. on a more short term basis, i.e. out to dinner, to a concert and/or play, you like one or both. They add a different perspective, or variety to your life. For a longer length of time, when other people are in the social mix, you may see that they recognize in another couple what makes them unique, different from you. They’ll probably want to get to know and socialize with those exact-minded people. Although you might, at first, feel “put-off” or “pushed aside”, when they are enthusiastic about getting to know another potential BFF couple, it is a natural fact that this may happen and you can’t stop it, nor could or should you. Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver, the other ? Who was it that said that? i think he or she recognize reality, as hurtful or disappointing as it can be sometimes — but, hopefully, just temporarily. Just till the emotions die down and reason supersedes.

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