7 Reasons to Travel with Bae
My S/O and I travel a great deal. We have had the opportunity to see some really amazing places together and create lasting memories. Whether domestic or international, we attempt to get at least 3 to 5 baecations in a year. He is an entrepreneur with a lot more free time than my 9-5 allows. Although we would love to travel more as a couple, (he better share the same sentiment) I am grateful for the opportunities nonetheless.
Perks of Traveling Together
- Traveling with your partner can have an infinite number of perks. I love the fact that we can get away from the worries of our little space. I don’t have to remind him to take the trash out or to put gas in the car. When we are away we can just…be. Our biggest chores while we’re away are trying to figure out what to eat and which activities to do on which days. New scenery allows you two to get away from your mundane everyday routine and create the life that you would likely live if you were completely care free.
- The memories created are invaluable and make for great stories. My guy can tell you about so many things that have happened while we were away both good and bad. Some things we laugh about (others not so much). The point is, we created those moments that will stay with us for a lifetime no matter where life takes us.
- You want dope pics to flex on the ‘gram right? My S/O has become my official photographer. He has an amazing eye and even though some of the angles he chooses make me look gross, the end result is a wide selection of pretty great options. It’s also better than traveling alone and having to get some random stranger to snap a few pics that you might ultimately hate and then be forced to beg another unwilling soul to do the same.
- Traveling together can truly test the strength of your relationship and create bonds you didn’t know existed. Maybe it means getting lost in a foreign country and trying to navigate together to reach your desired destination. This teaches you guys to rely on each other when you have no other choice. Or maybe it means carrying you 3 miles up a volcano. While in Bali we decided that we were going to hike 5 miles up to the top of Mt. Batur. The way up is filled with steep inclines on unpaved terrain. The first 2 miles weren’t the easiest, but I made it. I am pretty active and I do my best to work out at least 3 days a week if not more, but at the beginning of mile 3 my legs felt like they were buckling underneath me and I could hardly breathe. I wasn’t going out like a punk though and I was determined to complete the goal I had secretly set for myself. I kept quiet and focused on breathing. My ever so observant best friend noticed that I was moving slower and urged me to hang on to his backpack and he would do the rest. He carried me 3 miles y’all! Tired with a sore back and a cramp forming in his quad he didn’t complain not once. That was one of the defining moments in my relationship. I had already come to the realization that he would protect me at any cost but this spoke volumes. It also spoke to his physical strength.
- People are usually most comfortable in the comfort of their own homes or their typical environment. Traveling takes you out of that comfort zone. Traveling with your partner (especially in newer relationships) allows you to get a glimpse of how your mate handles situations where they are least comfortable. It gives you a chance to see if he or she embraces the unknown or whether they clam up when the atmosphere is unfamiliar. It also gives you an opportunity to see how they interact with others they aren’t familiar with. How do they treat the hotel staff? Is he or she rude or closed off to those that speak a different language or don’t share your culture? To me, this can be very telling and can be a deciding factor for the future of the relationship.
- Intimacy is important to me. Intimacy can be enhanced in a lot of ways other than sex. But in this instance, I’m totally talking about sex. There are fewer things more intimate and in my opinion more exciting than being able to explore your partner in a bed, car, balcony (or wherever you get down) outside of your own. It heightens the physical bond you already share and a survey by US Travel Association in 2013 suggests that those who travel together lead better and more intimate sex lives.
- Lastly, if you and your partner don’t live together, it kind of gives you an idea of how they like to live. Do they step out of their clothes before getting into the hotel shower and leave them on the floor? Do they take forever to get ready before heading out?
Maybe you’re reading this saying that you can’t get away as often as we do. Maybe your finances are a contributing factor. I encourage you to be intentional about spending time away together. Start off small with a road trip for the weekend. The time spent getting to the destination is great for enhancing your communication skills and enjoying each other together away even for a short period might ignite your travel bug.
Finally made it to the top!
But I didn’t make it alone