I will be the first to admit that I am an extremely lucky woman. Somehow I found a man that doesn’t mind my artsy scatterbrainedness, my inclination to make up words (see previous), and my insatiable lust for wanting to see the world.We are partners in crime.
In one of my older posts I had talked about how my family came from gypsies and this feeling of being a “free spirit” and needing to wander the world is not just a fleeting thought or a phase – it is in my blood and soul
Sorry if this gets a little mushy but Shaun and I have been together for 11 years and married for 6 of them. For all intensive purposes we have been attached at the hip since we were 16 years old. It makes sense to me that since we have gone through the growing pains of life and personal development, that he would be the one to also experience the world with me.
Recently in the blogging community I have seen a plethora of posts discussing the perks of traveling solo. While this is a valid form of travel that many people seem to advocate for, it seems as though the other side of traveling is rarely discussed. One of the things that I love about the travel blogging community is that I have been able to meet couples that travel together. I have never met any other people quite like us and it is refreshing to meet kindred spirits.
So here is my list of things I appreciate about having someone special to travel with:
1.) You have someone to watch your back:
- While we have not been backpacking yet, this still has come in handy. I’m a freak for cheap flights which has landed us in an airport after hours, spending the night in somewhat shady cities. While one slept the other watched the luggage. While I admit it wasn’t the best sleep, we made our international flight with all our items intact and for a budget price.
2.) You have someone to keep your budget in check:
- Being in London was a bad thing for our pocketbook. While we intended on spending some money on some clothes for me (I can’t find anything I like in the US), I had to stop Shaun from shoving more clothes my way. If he had his way his wife would have been dolled up in the entire store (yes, I had to stop HIM from dressing ME).
3.) You have someone to share awe inspiring moments/travel experiences with:
- While I travel to help with my own personal development, I am eternally grateful that I have someone to gush to immediately about my thoughts and perceptions. When Shaun and I went to Hiroshima, Japan, we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and there would not be a soul at home that would have understood the emotions I went through that day.
4.) You will visit locations that you otherwise may not have seen:
- Compromising while abroad can lead you on adventures you otherwise would have been without. I honestly don’t think I would have seen a Hiroshima Carps baseball came had it not been due to Shaun and our travel buddy Michael. It was one of the most memorable experiences while in Japan.
5.) You are able to grow together.
- Every time Shaun and I come home, our eyes have been opened. We take things we learned while abroad and apply them to our life here. While we have become much different from our friends at home in our understanding of the world, we have each other to lean on.
While I understand the perks of traveling solo, I couldn’t imagine Shaun missing out on the fantastic cultural opportunities, the eye opening experiences, and the world eye candy of landscapes and temples. I love sharing these adventures with him.
Sure not everyone is married or committed, however, that doesn’t mean that our travel experiences are any less meaningful.