The ups & downs of couples travel: 13 couple bloggers tell all!

We always get asked questions about how we manage to travel as a couple without getting sick of each other and tearing our hair out. Shaun and I think it’s really not that hard! But for people used to travelling by themselves, perhaps going through the roller coaster ride of travelling with another person is hard to fathom.

So instead of just giving our opinion on the subject, we thought that we would ask twelve other bloggers (who travel as a couple) to contribute! We asked them what they like the most, and what they like the least, about travelling as a couple.

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There were some really interesting and diverse answers to these two simple questions! Thanks to all the bloggers involved for taking the time to collaborate on this post. We hope that the answers here will shed some light on this topic for those of you who might be considering travelling as a couple.


Dave & Deb – The Planet D


What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

There are so many things we love about travelling as a couple. I think the most special thing is how we are able to share experiences. I cannot imagine watching an incredible sunrise by myself or conquering a mountain alone. Being able to reach out and touch each other during an intimate moment or giving each other a celebratory hug when we accomplish something spectacular is so special. We have created moments together that last a lifetime and travelling together always strengthens and reinforces our relationship. It keeps it fresh and exciting. Not to mention, there’s always someone there to watch your belongings when you have to go to the bathroom.

What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

Nothing. We chose to spend our lives together and we chose to travel together. I think of it as if someone ever asked me what I don’t like about my husband. There’s nothing we dislike about each other, we love the whole package. Yes we have quirks and frustrations here and there, and we sometimes annoy one another, but we never dislike each other. That’s how we feel about travelling as a couple, there’s nothing we don’t like about it. We love it all. There are ups and downs, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dave and Deb are well-known travel personalities in both online and mainstream media. Their highly acclaimed travel blog, The Planet D, won the 2014 Gold Medal for Best Travel Blog, and Best Photo Illustration of Travel by the Society of American Travel Writers. Married for 16 years, they’ve visited more than 100 countries on all seven continents.


Dalene & Pete – Hecktic Travels

What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

Although it was a sometimes painful transition to go from only spending a few hours a day together to travelling full-time, once we figured out how to make it work, our relationship has grown exponentially stronger.

What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

One of the downsides is that we have both lost some independence in a way. We are too reliant on each other, and often struggle at being apart for even a day – it’s like we’ve lost a vital body part!

Dalene and Pete of Hecktic Travels are a Canadian couple who sold everything they owned in 2009 to travel the world. Thirty-something countries later, their blog is full of gorgeous photos and inspirational travel stories. Dalene and Pete had the honour of being named National Geographic Travelers of the Year in 2014.


Kach & Jon – Two Monkeys Travel


What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

Mostly, it’s always having someone who will understand exactly what you’re talking about when you describe an awesome experience, incredible site, or even a near-death situation. Stories and photos are great, but no matter how eloquent a story teller or how talented a photographer you are, you will never truly capture the feelings at that exact moment in time. Only the two of you really know.

What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

No one is perfect, therefore no couple can be either! If one of you is having an off day then it’s not so bad, just walk away and have some space, a nap, or a biscuit – whatever helps! But if you’re both having ‘one of those days’ when bus rides, back pain, hunger and general fatigue happen to all coincide in two very stubborn people (that’s us), then you’re only one wrong word away from a small explosion over nothing – and worse, there are no biscuits! A rare occurrence, but always possible.

Kach (from the Philippines) and Jon (from England) are the faces behind Two Monkeys Travel. They met in a backpacker’s bar in Laos and have been on the road since 2013. Kach and Jon love beaches and yoga, and they’re currently exploring South America.


Lesh & Jazza – NOMADasaurus

What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

Sharing the special moments together and seeing each other grow through our experiences. Travelling has been the most rewarding aspect of our entire lives, and having each other to enjoy every step of the way makes it all the more incredible. We also push ourselves to new limits and out of our comfort zones on a daily basis. If we didn’t have one another by our sides we may not have as much direction in our lives.

What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

Jazza snoring and biting his fingernails and Lesh hogging the bed and sleeping in! In all honesty, we are lucky that we both have the desire to travel permanently and see new destinations, so we don’t really dislike anything. The only thing we could say is that we sometimes make small sacrifices on certain places we love in order to move on to somewhere different. I (Jazza) for example tend to develop the desire to stay long term in places more often than Lesh, and she has to push us to move on. While I may slightly regret it at the time, in the long run I always agree with her way of thinking.

Lesh and Jazza from NOMADasaurus are travel writers and photographers who have been wandering the world together since 2008. Their current trip will take them backpacking overland from Thailand to South Africa without using any air transport. By documenting their exciting adventures and inspirational experiences, Lesh and Jazza aim to promote sustainable, long-term adventure travel on a budget.


Daniel & Audrey – Uncornered Market


What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

What we like most about travelling as a couple is that we get to experience things together, and as we are both very different personalities each of us usually observes or learns something different than the other person. So when we share what we each felt or learned during an experience, we also find ourselves learning from the other, as well as more about the other person. We love that we’re able to build a library of shared travel and life experiences.

What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

What we like least about travelling as a couple is that sometimes being with a person all the time can cause spats and other challenges. That’s why it’s important for each person to take time for him/herself and create independent mental space even if you’re still physically in the same room.

Daniel Noll are Audrey Scott are the American husband-and-wife storytelling team behind Uncornered Market. At the end of 2006, they sold everything and left their traditional expat jobs in Prague, Czech Republic for what was meant to be a 12-18 month creative sabbatical to travel around the world. Over eight years and 90 countries later, they are still exploring…and still married.


Charli & Ben – Wanderlusters


What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

Two heads are better than one, right? Aside from the fact we get to share our experience of world travel with each other, having your best bud beside you through the inevitable highs and lows that come with an adventurous itinerary of travel and activity, is what makes each day so special.

What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

Sometimes we annoy each other. Fact. However when you’re hiking through the Real Middle Earth or camped out in the wilderness, there’s seldom anyone else to vent your frustrations to! When you travel as a couple you have to be everything to your other half. Friend, confident, lover, counsellor… at times it can be tough, but in the end we think it is why our relationship is so strong.

Charli and Ben of Wanderlusters left their home of the UK back in 2011, and have since traveled through eight different countries together. They embrace slow travel and use house sitting to subsidise their travels. They no longer crave an apartment in the city, a fast car and high fashion, instead they live for adventure.


Chris & Heather – A Brit and A Southerner

1. What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

Travelling with your soulmate and partner in crime is by far the most rewarding experience about travelling. As we embark on our travels, we are able to share all of the amazing adventures and cherish these memories together. Another key benefit is that we are able to maximize each of our strengths and collaboratively we create a great team that not only helps us as travel bloggers but also enhancing the time we spend in a particular destination.

2. What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

The more time you spend together, the more likely you are to find each others bad habits that lead to niggling arguments. But that’s all part of married life right! We have our disagreements and we sometimes end up in a heated discussion (ok argument sometimes) but the key word that we always fall back on is ‘compromise’. We both make compromises whenever we are travelling and we somehow always find a way to turn a negative experience into a positive one. Of course it always helps when you are in a gorgeous location somewhere around the world!

A Brit and A Southerner is run by Chris (a Brit) and Heather (a Southerner). They live and work in Arkansas and their blog mainly focuses on weekend travel – very useful for those who work full time but still want to travel! They’ve travelled extensively throughout the US and have recently spent time in Europe.


Margherita & Nick – The Crowded Planet

1. What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

What we probably like most about travelling as a couple is keeping each other company. We’ve both travelled solo as well and – despite being an amazing experience – it does get rather lonely. We also think it’s much safer, especially if you’re getting into the wild by yourself. We got lost for a day in the Malaysian jungle and if we did manage to keep cool and get out of it, it’s because we were together. If we were alone, we would have freaked out.

2. What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

Inevitably, we argue sometimes. It could be because of general travel stress, because we want to do different things or because of something silly that happened that day. When we argue at home, we’ve got friends to turn to, but on the road it’s just miserable.

Margherita Ragg and Nicholas Burns are a travel writer and photographer from Italy and Australia, creators of nature and adventure travel blog The Crowded Planet. When they’re not travelling, you’ll find them in Milan, Italy, with their cat Tappo.


Chris & Danika – No Destinations

1. What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

We get to travel around the world and see the most incredible sights together. We’ve experienced so many firsts while travelling, more than we ever did in 3 years of marriage and it’s so great to have each other there to share the moment. Trying mystery meat in Hanoi or navigating a Japanese supermarket just wouldn’t be the same if we were alone.

2. What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

To be honest there really isn’t anything either one of us dislikes about travelling as a couple. Being together 24/7 can definitely have it’s challenges, but the perk of being together so often means we resolve problems pretty quickly and successfully know how to push each others buttons. It’s hard to stay mad at each other for too long, especially when there is a whole city to explore and you only know each other.

Chris and Danika run the travel blog No Destinations. On March 1st 2013, they quit our jobs, sold everything, and rented out their house in San Francisco – all to travel the world. Since leaving home they’ve visited more than 40 destinations around the globe, and their wanderlust has only gotten worse!


Dan & Casey – A Cruising Couple

1. What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

In our opinion, the best thing about travelling with your partner is getting to know him or her on a more intimate level that may not be accessible in every day life. That’s not to say couples who don’t travel don’t know each other deeply, only that travel sort of throws you into intimacy quite quickly. When you travel as a couple, you’ll discover how you and your partner handle stressful situations; how you naturally split responsibilities; and if you can stand being together all the time. And if you can still stand each other after getting stranded in the middle of a hot Indonesian airport with a ten-hour flight delay, then chances are you can handle a lot of the other challenges that might come your way.

2. What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

Travelling as a couple, it’s all to easy to spend all of your time together. This is great at first, but if you’re travelling long-term, it’s important to find time to do things separately. It took us a long time to realize that we were losing our own independence by constantly being together. We now set apart time to do things separately, meeting back for dinner to share our unique adventures. We appreciate each other more, and we also learn about ourselves in the process.

Dan & Casey from A Cruising Couple are lovebirds and high school sweethearts who are slowly travelling around the world after two years living in Taiwan. The name for their blog comes from their epic honeymoon where they ‘cruised’ across the US on a seven week long road trip!


Hugo & Cristina – Breathe With Us

1. What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

We love travelling as a couple because we’re able to share every single moment of something we really love to do. From planning to the actual trip, we thoroughly enjoy all the experiences we get from being together out there somewhere in the world. Even during not so good times, we know we have someone we can count on, and that’s really important. We have a lot of fun together when we travel!

2. What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

We believe that sometimes there might be the need for some time alone and when travelling together as a couple that is usually complicated to achieve. Another small thing is that almost everything needs to be thought with the couple in mind, which invalidates or limits the possibility of certain activities that one is less keen to participate.

Hugo and Cristina from Breathe With Us are a couple on a quest to travel and explore the world, one destination at a time. Since they’ve been together, travel has grown to be one of the top things they do. They have pretty much two possible states: travelling or preparing to do so. Currently based in London, they’ve traveled to more than 20 countries, including some of the world’s finest and spectacular places.  Follow their journey.


Lauren & Justin – Justin Plus Lauren


1. What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

As I love spending as much time as possible with Justin, it is incredible to visit new places and enjoy new experiences with him. It is wonderful creating new memories and seeing the world together. We’ll be able to cherish these moments for the rest of our lives!

2. What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

I think that with any relationship, there is some compromise. We have to think of each other while planning vacations or figuring out what we’d like to see and do. While we mostly enjoy the same things, one of us might not be feeling as energetic as the other on a particular day, for instance. If I was traveling by myself, I would do exactly what I wanted to do. In a couple, you have to ideally meet halfway on all of the decisions. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing as Justin sometimes helps me to slow down a bit and take a more relaxed pace!
Lauren is one half of “Justin Plus Lauren“. She loves to travel, take photos, and write all about it! Lauren eats a plant-based diet and seeks out yummy vegan food on her travels. She loves nature, animals, outdoor adventures, coffee, and her cat, Chickpea.

We thought we should put our two cents in as well…

Petra & Shaun – The Global Couple

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What do you like the most about travelling as a couple?

We love that once we return home from a trip, and for years afterwards, we can reminisce and laugh over memories that we share from travelling together. It’s just not quite the same laughing over that time we got food poisoning in Thailand with our friends and family – they don’t really care all that much! We also both have different strengths and weaknesses (e.g. Petra likes to be organised, whereas Shaun is more spontaneous) so we challenge each other and function better as a team while on the road.

What do you like the least about travelling as a couple?

We do have disagreements and get a bit shitty at each other from time to time, but generally that’s only when we’re hungry or tired (and hangry!). We also rely on each other a lot and are so used to travelling as a couple, so that if we had to travel solo for some reason we would find it rather daunting!


So there you have it. As with any relationship, there are always going to be struggles and disagreements while travelling as a couple. But the positives definitely outweigh the negatives – most of us relish sharing the experience with another person, as well as learning from and challenging each other.

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