Creative Editor Ellen and Copy Editor Sean share a love for travel, as a couple and with friends.

If there’s one thing that’s true about travel, it’s that it’s best when shared with someone else.

Don’t get me wrong, traveling solo definitely has its perks — and there’s something special about hitting the open road on your own. But, when you can take in the world around you with friends or a partner, it’s doubly magical.

I’m lucky enough that last month, Recreation News copy editor Sean decided to ask me to become his life-long travel buddy.

It’s important when you’re choosing who to travel with that you understand each other’s travel preferences. Some travelers like to take it slow and relax, while others like to explore and experience as much as possible. Some like to lay on the beach, while others like to hole up in a cabin in the woods. If your partner or your friends enjoy all of the above at different times, even better.

After a few years’ worth of trips together as a couple, and trips where friends came along, here is my advice when it comes to traveling together:

  • Planning is key. Sometimes it’s OK to wing it, but most of the time, you’ll be left feeling like you missed out on something if you don’t begin with a plan.
  • Communication matters. If there’s something that you want to do on a trip; or if there’s something that you don’t, speak up. In so many cases, this trip will be a once in a lifetime experience.
  • Keep it in your comfort level. There’s a place and time to push the limits, but especially when you’re in an area or doing an activity you’re unfamiliar with, you don’t want to get stuck doing something way out of your depth.
  • Try new things. Whenever we travel, we have a few things we like to make sure we do (like try the local craft brews); but we like to try to break out of the norm and try something unique to the area we’re in, too.

Not being on the same page as your group or partner when you’re on a trip can make a trip seem like a waste of time and money. And what’s the point of travel if you’re not having fun?

Whoever you decide to travel with, make sure to share your adventures with us here at Recreation News using #LivePlayDo.

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