We have finally a peak time for summer travel and a time when many couples finalize their vacation plans. Sometimes a couple may decide to go on vacation not only with each other but also with another friendly couple – and this is something that can require additional planning and considerations.
Things can get complicated when you decide to plan a vacation schedule with your significant other and another couple. Of course, this sort of trip can be great, in theory – because it allows you to combine couples time and friend time. A few tips to make sure everything goes over smoothly.
Plan your vacation together
It may sound obvious, but many couples fall into the trap of trusting their vacation planning solely to the couple they are to share it with, and that’s a big mistake. Nobody knows better than you exactly what you want from your vacation, even if you are talking about your loved one or your partner who have spent a lot of time together.
So, before you finalize everything, take care of all the details that can save you from unpleasant situations, such as disappointments with accomodations or means of transport.
Secondly, it is important to be sure from the beginning that you are in sync, overall. Because you are it’s four different personalities, each with needs that may vary to a great degree.
For example, if you and your partner are looking for peace of mind and you want to spend the day at the best spa in Bali while your friends feel the need to party until morning, it may be better to reconsider your decision to take the trip together with your friends.
This in itself is a difficult issue. Friendships have been ruined because of such misunderstandings. To avoid this, just have a budget discussion.
The amount that each couple can spend on their vacation should be clear, because there needs to be an agreeable solution for everyone on your stay. Generally speaking, the more aligned both couples are on vacationing budget, the more you can do together. Failure to consider this factor may cause friction and stress for both couples.
Think outside the box
You have reached your destination. Your vacation has just begun and so far everything is great. But suddenly there are some minor conflict about something insignificant and that is enough to spoil your mood.
Don’t let your vacation get ruined over small differences. The solution may be to arrange for a bit of time a part as each couple may need a bit of a break from the other. Once you have chosen to vacation with another couple, you have to be prepared to not agree to everything.
You may feel the need to stay on the beach until late afternoon while your friends get bored after two hours and want to go back to the hotel. There may be also a night that you are going to choose a fancy dinner, but your friends may want something casual. In short, try to put your company’s priorities over your own and try to come up with choices that will make everyone happy. That is afterall, the purpose of taking a vacation together.