THE lead up to your perfect getaway can be stressful.
The misplaced passport, the packing, the planning can be journey of sorts in itself.
But don't let those critical moments in the build up for what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation, get in your way.
Casey Austin of www.austinlehman.com offers four useful tips for your next couple's adventure.
nDestination: What's on your bucket list? What's on your partner's bucket list? Is there anywhere that you've both always wanted to visit together? Write down your top 10 places you want to vacation and compare it with your significant other's. If your lists overlap and you meet somewhere in the middle, then bingo!
Choosing your destination is the beginning of an exciting process for creating the perfect vacation. Planning together brings you together.
nActivities: Figure out what kinds of activities you both like to do together. Many tour operators create flexible schedules so that you and your significant other can choose the right amount of activity for you in a stress-free environment. Trying a new activity as a couple in a new destination can be a rewarding experience for the both of you as you travel outside your comfort zone. The thrill of zip lining through a rainforest canopy will not soon be forgotten if you take a go at it together.
nHow Many is Too Many? Do you want to vacation with just you and your honey? Or would you rather join a group of like minded individuals with the same goals in travel as you? This is a question to ponder with your significant other. Independent travel as a couple can be a romantic way to enjoy your one-on-one time together. Group travel is also a fun way to meet other couples and discover new experiences. Whichever way you decide to go, you still get to spend quality time together and that's what really matters!
nTime and Dinero - This is the fun part! What does your future time frame look like? Does she only get two weeks of vacation time a year? Does he not want to travel in the summer months when families crowd the ideal destinations? How are you going to know when the "right" time is to travel? Travelling in the off season can be a great and cheaper) way to see some amazing destinations without the crowds. As for dinero, make sure you and your significant other create a budget for travel that you both feel comfortable with. A vacation without the shadow or tendency to overspend is satisfying, leaving you and your other half wanting to travel again and again!