The Dos And Don'ts Of Traveling As A Couple

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Planning a trip together? Tips and advice about couples travel.

After two and half years together and a few short domestic trips, my now-husband and I put our relationship to the test with a two-week jaunt through China. Sure, hiking the Great Wall, braving squatter toilets, and eating breakfast with chopsticks were all an adventure, but the real challenge of vacationing together was spending every minute together for 15 days straight. If you think your relationship is up to the test, do yourself (and him) a favor by following my hard-learned tips…

1. Do start off short and sweet

Before you head off on your own two-week foreign trek together, test the waters first with a much shorter trip closer to home. If a weekend getaway upstate together to see the fall colors leaves you questioning what you ever saw in each other, you might want to reconsider that African safari. The Frisky: Men Have Insecurities, Just Like Women

2. Don't forget to pack the necessities
Those fall colors are going to get pretty boring after about two hours, so plan ahead to make those remaining 46 hours the most pleasurable and rewarding portion of the weekend. Pack all the essentials intimacy requires and throw something new into the mix. The Frisky: Love Hurts And Sex Bruises

3. Do make the travel arrangements together

Whether you're traveling just a couple hours away or heading out to more far-flung destinations, make sure you're both taking active roles in the planning process. "Blame" and "credit" make strange bedfellows, so share the load and leave those two buzzkills at home.

4. Do date someone with a driver's license

My New York City-born-and-bred boyfriend is 38 and doesn't have a driver's license, so consider this more a whine than a tip. Traveling with someone who doesn't drive is a bit of a drag—especially if you're not crazy about taking the wheel yourself (literally, not metaphorically). So if you're single and looking, you might want to start checking IDs on dates. The Frisky: The comedy of online dating in an original video series
5. Do pack a few Luna bars
Seriously, these things saved us in China. Even if you aren't traveling to a location where the food is questionable, chances are your schedule will be, and almost nothing kills a good time—or a romantic mood—faster than low blood sugar. If you'd rather be at each other's lower regions than at each other's throats, throw a bar in your bag and eat it when hunger strikes.

6. Don't forget the Pepto
I think we all know that one thing that will ruin a romantic mood faster than low blood sugar. So plan ahead and don't let it!

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