Sure, it sounds like a fairytale to go on a vacation with your boy/girlfriend, but there are some things you should consider before your trip to paradise. Jamaica was the first trip that I have taken where it was just my boyfriend and I. It was a blast, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about splurging on a getaway with their loved one. It may not come as a surprise to some of you that it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to globetrotting with a partner. To help you all avoid some of my mistakes I have compiled a short but sweet list of things for one to consider before you go on your adventure!
BUDGET / PLAN
Before we even boarded the plane David and I had already paid for our food, drinks, and hotel. I highly recommend an all inclusive resort for first time traveling couples because they do all of the hard work for you. You know where your next meal is coming from, and you are given a plethora of options for off resort and on resort activities. They will even book transportation to excursions off the resort if you so choose. Having a “game plan” rules out a lot of last minute guess work and stress. You are only on your vacation for a short time, don't spend it sorting through your finances!
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
If I am sleepy or hungry, I have the reputation of getting a bit cranky. (according to David) This is probably truer when I am not sleeping in my comfortable and familiar bed back home. I know, I know, the casino and sports bar are open 24\7, but that isn't the only thing to do on the island! A well-rested traveler is a happy traveler!
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people while trotting the globe and I can honestly say this my favorite part of traveling! Having those memories of genuinely getting to know people that you meet on your travels will stick with you forever. When couples travel together, they get to experience these things with each other. I tell a lot of stories to the men in my barber chair, and it's awesome to have memories that David and I made together to share with our clientele, family, etc.!
COMPROMISE \ TAKE TIME TO YOURSELF
If you are anything like me, you will have planned and discussed what activities and sights you would like to knock off the good old bucket list way before you arrive at your destination. That being said, you must remember that you are not traveling alone. There will be times when both of you want to do different things, and this is completely ok! It's obvious that when this happens, you will have to talk it out amongst yourselves and decided which option is best. It is important to remember, however, that there is always a third option. Taking some time to yourself and doing something alone on your vacation is not frowned upon. Everyone loves a little time to themselves every once in a while so why should it be any different on your vacation? This is also great because you will have something new to talk about when you meet up with each other again.
PUT THE PHONE DOWN
There were many times during our trip to Jamaica that my boyfriend and I decided to leave our phones in the room. (in the safe) You will be pleasantly surprised at the quality time you can spend with someone when you aren't obsessively checking your Facebook status or texting your sister another emoji. The whole point of a vacation is to get away from your everyday life, and that includes your cell phone addiction. You may only get to experience visiting the destination of your choice one time so you might as well live in the moment and enjoy it. There will be plenty of time to share that photo of you kissing a dolphin when you are back at the office sitting through another pointless meeting.
This should go without being said. Going on a vacation is something exciting and well deserved so don’t worry too much, or you will blink and end up on the flight home! I can not stress enough how important it was for David and me to sit on the beach and do NOTHING. I was able to read a book with a drink in my hand and sand between my toes without a care in the world. When I came home from vacation, I was immediately stressed because David and I had to unpack our entire bags for a random security check going through customs which wasn't planned. I didn't notice till after it was over that I did not have to worry about anything for a whole week. Take advantage of that down time and enjoy each other's uninterrupted company. You will not regret it.