I have embraced a number of hobbies over the course of my life, but nothing has been as satisfying as my first love: writing. You can never really write about everything in your life, but blogging gives the perfect avenue for articulating thoughts. This blog is dedicated to writing about life and love and the adventures that accompany both.
This article is originally posted on my other blog.
How many times have we heard of people booking themselves a one-way ticket to mend a broken heart? I have known a number of acquaintances who have done the same thing. Most often, they would say the roller-coaster ride of going somewhere unfamiliar by one’s self brings some sort of energy that empowers the broken heart, bringing it back to life.
But, travel isn’t just for the broken-hearted. It’s definitely for those who are in love too! While you are both in love, there is also the constant need to learn how to live with each other, working things out as a couple. Even if you live just five minutes away from each other, travelling together on your own offers a whole new experience, and can lead to discoveries about the love of your life.
Chris and I met online and had been in constant communication for a couple of months before he flew to me and we became, officially, a couple. (Technically, we had been together but as true blue realists, we wanted to meet personally to hug, hold hands, kiss and have dates the way normal couples do, so we can gauge where we go from there.) With this, we would go travel together. When you are in a long-distance relationship like us, then I believe subjecting the relationship to a series of travel tests is essential.
Based on our experience, here’s why we think travel can be quite a catalyst for your romance.
It strengthens your bond through the test of communication skills. When you are both in an unfamiliar place, you are left to finding things on your own. With this comes the need to communicate clearly and compromise on certain choices you have to make as a couple. You will find yourselves trying to come up with solutions to troubles you are facing, like missing your boat rides. When Chris and I traveled to Boracay, the weather wasn’t really on our side and the cancellation of trips to the island is a possibility. We tried to talk about the possible game plan and agreed on our alternative schedule for the day when it comes to worse. Also, we would talk about the food we can try that day, of the place we will hang out for the night. So just as with anything else, travel gives you the chance to talk and have your points heard.