Tips for Vacationing with Other Couples
Traveling as a couple can be difficult. You need to learn to compromise and adjust to someone else’s travel needs. Maybe your significant other is super organized and likes to plan, while you like to be laid back and go with the flow. In this case, you need to meet in the middle to avoid unnecessary conflict and enjoy your getaway.
But what happens when you add another couple to the mix? This adds a bit more pressure to the group dynamic because now you have to account for four people’s preferences. Do you have to do everything together? Is it awkward or rude to plan separate activities?
There are no set guidelines on how to successfully go on a group trip, but there are definitely ways to make sure things run smoothly. Here are a few steps to follow before embarking on your trip to maximize your vacation together:
Initial group huddle
Before embarking on your trip, make an effort to get together and talk things out. You don’t necessarily need to plan things out to a T, but come up with a general outline. Have everyone contribute and speak their minds so that no one can complain they didn’t have a say. Regardless if you stick to the plan or not, this gives the group an idea of what each would like to do as to avoid conflict during the trip.
While you are on the trip, set up times you would like to check in from time to time. This is especially useful if you don’t plan on spending every waking moment with one another. This way you have time to catch up on what you have done so far, and you can discuss things you still want to do together.
One rule you must abide by is respecting one another’s time. No one likes to wait on anyone, so be mindful that you are on a group couples trip involving several moving parts. Vacation time is valuable, so don’t take yours or someone else’s lightly. You don’t want to be known as the couple no one wants to vacation with.
Vacationing as a couple can be stressful, and adding another couple or two can make it that much more complicated. But a vacation should be fun and a time to let loose, so try to coordinate to minimize conflict and maximize having a good time together as a group.