Reasons to travel with someone you love

10 Reasons To Travel With Someone You Love

As Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and love is in the air, I thought I would share some reasons why I love travelling with Mr Ayla so much.  I spend so many hours at home just staring at our giant world map on the wall, amazed at all the pins in the places we’ve been, wondering where we’re going to discover next, and I wouldn’t want to fill up my map with anyone else.

I applaud those people who travel solo but it’s just not for me.  I once took a flight from London to Edinburgh – yes, only an hour long – and it just felt so strange.  I had no one to excitedly make my way to the airport with, no one to point to things out of the plane window, and no one to help me lift my heavy hand luggage into the overhead compartment.  Sigh.

After 12 years of exploring the world together, Mr Ayla is my favourite travel companion.  I wouldn’t want to go anywhere without him and here’s 10 reasons why…

1.  Learn more about each other

We had been together for almost 5 years before we went on our first big round the world trip and surprisingly there was still so much we didn’t know about each other.  I never realised how utterly clumsy my husband was which I found out after his numerous accidents from tripping over – a lot – to somehow managing to fall off a stationary moped in Thailand, causing a domino effect of falling mopeds!  (I also didn’t realise how much he liked telling exaggerated stories because his version sees him hurtling down the biggest hill in Thailand, crashing into a whole load of mopeds at the bottom of the hill and somehow coming away with only a few scrapes and bruises.  It so didn’t happen that way.)

Reasons to travel with someone you love

2.  Experience new things together

You get to share those feelings of excitement and anticipation when visiting a new place, eating a new food or trying a new activity.  Adrenaline has coursed through our veins as we jumped out of the same plane in Namibia; we got scared swimming with sharks in Australia; we have been awe-struck seeing gorillas in the wild in Uganda; and we’ve encouraged each other when climbing the challenging Inca Trail.  The list of experiences we’ve had together goes on and on, and that’s a bond that just can’t be broken.

Reasons to travel with someone you love

3.  You can rely on each other

When you’re feeling homesick or have become ill in a strange place, travelling with someone you love means there’ll always be someone there to look after you.  We always have each other’s back.

Catalan Bay Gibraltar

4.  Always have something to talk about

You know those couples who sit in complete silence, eating a meal with absolutely nothing to say to each other?  That’s never us and I don’t think it ever will be.  We have so much to talk about whether it’s future travel plans or places we’ve already been and things we’ve done before.  Just a sentence that starts with “Do you remember when…?” could lead to so many funny and interesting conversations.

Where to eat in Marrakech

5.  You never get bored or lonely

Long-haul flights to Australia, overnight train rides in India, or overland bus trips across Africa, all are incredibly long and can get extremely boring.  Arriving at a hostel full of people who already seem to know everyone else can sometimes make you feel incredibly lonely, but with someone by your side, it never seems as bad as you always have each other.

Reasons to travel with someone you love

6.  Photos

No matter how beautiful those landscape shots might be, we all want some photos of ourselves too when we travel and travelling with someone else means you can take it in turns to get in the pic.  Plus there’s the bonus of not feeling quite as silly when you take a selfie with two people instead of on your own!

Reasons to travel with someone you love

7.  Learn to work as a team

You learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses when you spend so much time in each other’s company which comes in so handy when travelling for long periods.  If we wanted to meet some locals or other travellers, Mr Ayla always has the confidence and makes friends so easily, and he always keeps a check on our money.  Whereas if we wanted to explore somewhere off the beaten track, needed a bed for the night or a plaster, then that’s more my forte.

reasons to travel with someone you love

8.  Brings you closer together

Spending every waking second with someone else can be hard work, especially when you’re away for long periods of time.  You can either get along better than you ever have before or just annoy the hell out of each other.  They say travelling as a couple either makes you or breaks you and, for us, it only ever makes us stronger.

Reasons to travel with someone you love

9.  Someone to make you feel safe

A lot of people avoid travelling because they’re scared of going alone (which you shouldn’t be!).  But when you travel with someone else, especially someone you love, there’s no need to feel scared.  Whether it’s walking through the crowded, bustling streets of Old Delhi with lots of locals staring at you and asking to take your picture; getting lost in a different country where you don’t understand the language; or almost get mugged in Namibia, you always have that person there to make you feel safe and comforted no matter what.

Road trip in the Cotswolds

10.  Create lifelong memories together

The memories we’ve created from our travels will last a lifetime and we’ll always have thrilling and adventurous stories to tell our kids and grandkids when we’re old and senile and, no doubt, still travelling!

Where to eat in Cinque Terre

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This post is part of the Travel Link Up with Emma, Angie, Jessi and Kaelene.  This month it’s all about what we love!

45 thoughts on “10 Reasons To Travel With Someone You Love

  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) says:

    How adorable are you two?! Pumpkin deals with all the money now wherever we go too – I feel like I’ve become seriously de-skilled as before him, when I travelled, I always managed these things, navigated myself (albeit badly) but I like to think I bring the ideas to the table 🙂

  2. Kirsten (Kirst Over the World) says:

    This is so cute! Having travelled solo and despite it feeling amazing to accomplish things by myself, I always prefer travelling with Alan because of a lot of the things you listed. It’s so nice to share that excitement with someone and work as a team 🙂

  3. Steph says:

    Awww this is so lovely and I totally agree that travelling with your other half is the best! Travel has become our thing and we love all the time we spend together planning the trip, the trip itself and talking about the memories afterward. Here’s to many more years of travel with someone you love 🙂

  4. kashacapetown says:

    Oh, Ayla, you two really are the loveliest couple I know. You’re right, solo travel can be tricky, especially if you do it knowing that you’ve left a special someone back at home. I just know that you and Mr Ayla have plenty of more adventures – and memories – on the way ❤

  5. Jessi (@2feet1world) says:

    Awwww – you two! I love all your reasons, serious and not so 🙂 I love travelling with my friends because they will happily take all my suggestions for places to eat / drink / visit and they are also always keen for a drinks break 😉

    • Ayla says:

      Haha you’re the planner then obviously! It’s great being able to experience it all with someone else, whether it’s a partner family or friends 🙂

  6. beequeenbeady says:

    Oh my goodness this is so so so cute. I’m so grateful that I experience all my travel adventures with my husband too. I can’t imagine it being any other way. It’s exciting & exhilarating to create those experiences & memories together to look back on when you’re grey and old too.
    Bee |

  7. themayfairy says:

    Beautiful! One of the best parts of travelling is creating memories with people you love… I always get a sense of loneliness come over me when I read solo travel tales…

    • Ayla says:

      I do admire those who travel solo but it’s just not for me. I love creating and being able to a her some of my best memories with someone I love 🙂

  8. October's Girl says:

    Aww, I love this. You’re right, I’ve tried solo travelling once before, to Berlin, and I found it far too lonely! How lucky that you’ve found the perfect travel companion to share your adventures with 🙂

  9. Jeannie says:

    Agreed, traveling with my husband is the best! One of my favorite things is the excitement around planning for the trip. So many possibilities and anticipation!

    • Ayla says:

      I love planning a trip but Mr Ayla isn’t quite as enthusiastic as me about this part. Sharing the actual trip together though is even more exciting and love that we can do it together 🙂

  10. emilycharlotteray says:

    You two are the most adorable couple ever! 😍 I completely agree with you about not travelling alone. It’s always so much nicer to have a companion, especially when it’s someone you adore! My boyfriend is my favourite person to do anything with – and I’ve managed to convince him to come to 3 different countries with me in the next month alone mwahahaha ;D xxx

    • Ayla says:

      3 different counties in the next month?! That sounds super exciting and I can’t wait to hear all about it! Hope you make some amazing memories 🙂

  11. ladies what travel says:

    Aww, this is such a lovely post and so good to highlight how travel is such a good thing for a relationship. I think our trips always bring me and Justin closer together and it’s great to have some special time away from those everyday distractions – like work ha ha!

    Some of our favourite memories tie around adventures during our travels, often during hilarious incidents when things didn’t go to plan. Basically travel is good for the heart!

    • Ayla says:

      Thanks Andy. I even find short flights dull on my own so it’s always good to have someone else there for the company and to share your excitement 🙂

  12. Packing my Suitcase says:

    Such a lovely post! I know exactly what you mean by finding weird to travel solo. I’ve done it a few times while I was younger, but nowadays I get so nervous when I have to do it. When I went to London without W I was so stressed out hahaha and I was so happy when he arrived a few days later 😀 it’s so good to have someone to share those moments with us.
    You both look so lovely together!

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