Ever since I can remember, all I wanted to do was travel! During my school years, all I dreamed of was going off on a world tour as soon as I finished school! I had no real plans and no idea what I was going to do! Perhaps work on a ship or move abroad as an au-pair! I didn’t quite have a plan but my feet were itchy and I needed to see more of this beautiful world! Fast forward nearly 10 years and I am now traveling with my boyfriend and it is the best time of my life! Traveling strengthens relationships in unimaginable ways.
You see, as much as my wanderlust spirit wanted to explore the world, something always seemed to be holding me back! At some point during my last year of school I decided that it might be a good idea to go to university and get a degree! Honestly I wasn’t even sure if I would be accepted into university and even if I was, I could still decide to rather go the travel route! So I applied anyway because I wanted to keep my options open! A few months later I was accepted and decided I should give it a shot – after all I was already in study mode and thought I might as well keep it going! I knew that it would be hard to come back and study after years of travel! It is probably the best decision I’ve ever made.
My plan was to complete my degree and go on my merry way, traveling the world once I finished my studies! And then in my final year of studying I met my boyfriend – Peter! I completed my degree and he still had another 2-3 years to go! But from day 1 we agreed that we wanted to travel the world together! I got a job, Peter completed his studies and then he got a job, we gained some work experience and most importantly saved up, to fund our travel dreams! Then in 2017 we finally took the big step and haven’t looked back since!
So getting back to the point – as a young and naive school going girl, full of dreams and what some might call unrealistic expectations I had never thought twice about traveling alone! I had no thoughts about how traveling strengthens relationships or how lonely I might get if I jetted off alone. There didn’t seem to be anyone who shared my same passion for travel and who would be willing to pack up their things and travel the world with me – so I was always prepared to go alone! But now as a more mature woman, with life experience, my views are very different! Realistically, I don’t think I ever would have had the guts to travel alone! I think it takes a very special kind of person to work up the courage and take a solo trip!
There are so many awe-inspiring, dream chasing women out there who are solo travelers. Truth be told, a small part of me is a little envious because I know the experience is life changing! But I’m traveling the world with my best friend, the person I love most and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Ways traveling strengthens relationships
1. You only have each other
It’s a scary but beautiful thing. Back home we had plenty of friends and our families. But now we are halfway across the world and all we have is each other. If something upsets me, he’s the only person I can talk to about it. When he’s frustrated, he confides in me. If one of us needs something – we have each other. There is no doubt that this aspect of traveling strengthens relationships. Let’s however not forget the part of being in each others faces 24/7! Yes, this results in trying times but, if you can survive traveling together, you can get through anything. You see traveling strengthens relationships by showing you that there is so much more to life. It’s not just about the small, everyday things. Most importantly though, are the exhilarating, life-changing and beautiful experiences that travel brings. The best part is, these are all things that we are experiencing together. We are making memories that will last a lifetime and one day when this journey ends, we will look back on it as something truly life-changing. It’s true, love makes the world go round, so why not explore this glorious world with the person you love?
2. You build deeper and more profound connections
Everything else in life gets stripped away when you travel. All you have is the beauty of where you are, who you with and the memories that you are making. We are left completely unguarded because we find ourselves in more vulnerable situations, and will undoubtedly show each other every side of our character. Yes, the good, the bad and the ugly. You also learn to appreciate the small things – taking in a sunset over the horizon in Asia somehow feels so much more amazing than from your hometown.
3. The financial aspect
Peter has always been more financially conscious than I have. As we all know, this is something that has the potential to cause some ‘issues’. But traveling has opened up the doors to talk about money. I’ve also become a lot more financially ‘aware’. At times Peter still has to bring me back down to earth. I have the tendency to think that we can travel frequently all around the world, stay in the most luxurious hotel, eat the best food and I always want to be on top of the latest fashion trends! Unfortunately we are not multi-millionaires ( yet anyway) and if we really want to visit all these beautiful places I’m learning that I will need to make a few ‘sacrifices’. Nevertheless traveling has been a great way to build a foundation for financial management. It’s all about learning to balance everyday life with our travel dreams. Our financial future is much brighter thanks to travel.
4. You are doing what you love
What’s not to love about traveling right? While you will undoubtedly experience many ups and downs along the way, at the end of the day it’s all worth it because you are doing something you love and with someone you love. You are both bound to be overwhelmed with gratitude of just how blessed you are to be traveling the world. It’s something that you can talk about and feel together every single day. Traveling strengthens relationships in ways like this, that you would never even think about.
With every passing day we are learning to love and respect each other even more. We are learning to appreciate the journey we are on and the opportunity we have to experience this not only as a couple but as best friends too. I couldn’t imagine traveling without him and am so so grateful for the many ways in which traveling strengthens relationships. We started our adventure together 5 years ago and he’s been making my world go around ever since.