“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” — Pico Iyer
To travel is to discover. As you step out into the world to discover its various landscapes, you simultaneously, and oftentimes unconsciously, explore your inner landscape and begin to understand its delicate composition. It can be a very intimate, personal experience, both traveling and understanding who you are underneath it all. This discovery looks and feels different for everyone. Sometimes exhilarating, other times uncomfortable. As you begin to uncover pieces of your true self, a desire grows within you to share that with the world.
It is the art of becoming. I have had the luxury of traveling the world quite extensively over the past few years. In 2014, my boyfriend and I quit our corporate jobs and bought a one-way ticket to India. We traded in our comfortable lifestyles for that of living out of a backpack indefinitely. We’ve been traveling ever since. If you have an itch to travel the world, consider traveling with your life partner.
Here are 5 reasons I believe in the gift of traveling with your partner:
Sharing it together
Traveling the world is a luxury not many people get to experience. Being able to share in those sacred moments with a loved one makes traveling that much better. How many times have you been somewhere witnessing something incredible and thought to yourself, “Oh how I wish ___(name of loved one)___ was here to see this!” ? Forever, you two get to hold that memory between you, calling upon it when it begins to fade.
Strengthens your bond
Just when you didn’t think you could get any more comfortable with one another, you begin traveling the world. It is often said that traveling is the best test of a relationship (of any kind). You get to know each other on an entirely different level than the day-to-day life back home. Traveling together quickly reveals where your strengths and opportunities lie in your partnership. This intimate connection will inevitably strengthen your bond (if things go well 😉 ). You learn how to best work together as a team in extreme circumstances on both ends of the spectrum. Once you return back home, your confidence in one another and as a unit helps you get through anything that comes your way.
See things you may miss otherwise
So often, we only see what we want to see. Hear what we want to hear. Feel what we want to feel.
If you travel with a partner, you will get to see things you may not have seen before. Whether it’s simply the way the light hits a tree branch at sunset, or they drag you to a city you don’t really want to visit, you will experience new sites and sounds through the other person. When you’re on your own agenda, so many things can get missed or avoided. As they encourage you to visit something you don’t want to see, this will get you out of your comfort zone, which will cause more growth for you and your relationship.
Broadens your perspective
One of the top benefits of travel, in my opinion, is the expanded worldview and perspective you gain. Even if you just get 100 miles out of your home town, there is something to learn that challenges your thinking of the way the world works. This is even greater when you travel with a partner. Their perspective will probably be different than yours on many things, and this can help broaden your perspective even more.
Hold you accountable
You say you’re going to get to the top of that mountain, but without anyone looking, it’s so easy to turn back. When you are traveling with a partner alongside you during those difficult moments, they have your back to encourage you in a positive direction. Have you decided not to eat any more Indian Gulab Jamun because it hurts your stomach too much…? Well good – at least your partner can make sure you don’t over do it. 😉
* Don’t forget travel insurance, in case you don’t make it down that mountain safely…
It’s much cheaper!
Traveling with another person helps your budget significantly…! You don’t have to settle for subpar accommodation such as a shared dorm. Instead, you can opt for sharing a private room. It will be easier on the budget and allows you more privacy! You can share the cost of food when eating out, and try their dish, too (always a benefit for us foodies).
Traveling with my life partner has been one of my life’s greatest gifts. The experiences we’ve been able to share together have strengthened our bond, eliminated doubts about our relationship, and given us the confidence to get through anything together.
Anne is an active yogi from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and her life partner, Brandon, run TheYogaNomads —a resource helping yoga teachers build their business. Anne and Brandon have been mostly nomadic since 2014—typically spending summers in the US and winters abroad.