Planning Your First Big Trip: 6 Travel Tips For Couples

By YourTango

couple at a scenic view
Essential travel tips for planning a vacation you'll both enjoy.

2. Pack n' Play
Less is sexy. Yes, he'll probably pack lighter than you and pride himself of doing so. Then he'll use all your toiletries that he made fun of before he realized that he brought only a toothbrush and a stick of deodorant. Know also that he's paying attention to how much you bring because he'll expect to heft your bag from time to time.

"You don't have to pack for every possible outfit permutation," explains Amy Ziff, Travelocity Editor-at-Large. "Three pairs of shoes is the rule." And don't be surprised if his bag gets heavier by the end of the trip.

"I picked up a rug in Istanbul without thinking that I had to carry it for the next 14,000 miles," recounts a friend, James, who traveled with his future wife for four months.

3. Trains, Planes, and Automobiles
Things will go wrong. Modern travel is a crapshoot, especially when you're flying. So don't be surprised when the worst happens.

"Losing your cool is so unattractive," says Ziff. "Always remember that you're not the only person in that situation." If he's the one freaking out, keep your distance. This will let him know he's being a tool. If you're traveling by car, it almost goes without saying that he'll want to do the driving. Let him. Driving in foreign countries is stressful. Instead, take ownership of the map and give him flawless directions. Strange as it sounds, it'll be a huge turn-on for him.

4. On the Agenda
Small concessions make a big difference.

"You've got to give and take," says Jennifer Roberts, director of sales and marketing for VIP Honeymoon, who recounted a recent trip to Thailand where an elephant repeatedly spat in her mouth.

"My husband had to ride an elephant and had to do it with me to enjoy it." That said, "Men tend to be very grateful and find it romantic if she does his stuff with him," explains Goldsmith. To avoid tension, try to find things that you like in common and don't be afraid to split up for a morning or an afternoon. That way, when you re-connect later you'll have stories to share. Lastly, leave room for flexibility. The best stuff tends to be the most unexpected.

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