Backpacking as a couple is for us is epic, but at times tough too! We have discovered that It’s all about finding your flow, together.
We’ve been travelling together for 8 months in total & have had some of the most amazing experiences but it’s not always smiles & good vibes – it’s also compromise, understanding & support when things are not going so well.
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Backpacking As A Couple
Good times & travel just go together, being free to have fun together since January has been incredible for us & our relationship. We have built up such a strong bond, have got to know each other inside out & have loved every second of this side of travelling,
For us certainly & we would think for most other couples that travel together, the reason for doing so is a love of discovering new places, people & things. We also love an adventure & when travelling we are constantly learning, about ourselves & everything around us, I suppose the way we like to look at it is that we are evolving together.
We’ve done a lot of really cool stuff since January, to name a few here are some of our highlights so far…
- Cycling Cuba together
- Going back to school to learn Spanish in Havana
- Spotting flamingos in the sleepy beach town of Celestún, Mexico
- Exploring the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Mexico
- Hiking the mighty Volcán de Acatenango near Antigua, Guatemala
- Adam learning to dive in Mahahual, Mexico then seeing a turtle on our first dive together.
- Camping in the rain in Tofino, Vancouver Island & still loving every second of it.
- Exploring the beautiful scenery in & around us in Whistler, British Columbia.
So yeah, you could say all in all we are having a pretty awesome time, which we are but it’s not always plain sailing……
Anyone that has backpacked knows that travel comes with good experiences & bad. From an 8 hour bus journey turning into a 15 hour bus journey in Guatemala, having our laundry stolen in Mexico, narrowly missing a potential robbing by a tuk tuk driver on Lake Atitlan to endless arguments over the cost of anything in Cuba we have certainly had our fair share.
The most important thing we have found for us in these situations is to stick together & not only listen to each other but feel each others instincts too. It may sometimes feel as though one of us is over worrying but at the end of the day if something doesn’t feel right that’s ok, we have learned to trust each other enough to just go with it.
Bad travel experiences are normally followed with a bit of bad mood, for the most part when travelling we are normally on such a high that when something bad happens it makes us come crashing down just that little bit harder. It’s all about just letting the bad feelings flow as we know they’ll never last for long with so many new & exciting things going on around us.
Travel Life – The Ugly
Being together more or less 24/7, doing everything together means just that, you do everything together. We’ve both had bouts of travel sickness & have had to nurse each other back to health & whilst hanging around your room to check up on the other whilst there’s so much to explore isn’t ideal it’s just something that happens when travelling.
“Hanger” is also a major thing that hits us both, throw a combo of tiredness in for either of us & the tension… ouch! We always travel with snacks to avoid this & make sure we take care of ourselves by getting enough z’s in!
A prime time for a disagreement is if one of us would like to do something & the other is not feeling it, I mean you can do things alone right but sometimes you just want the experience of sharing things with your soul mate. Adam may not look so happy waking up early in this photo but certainly had a smile on his face once he saw those dawn views!
The Balance Of Backpacking As A Couple
For us it is all about the balance & finding your balance together. We find that taking the time not only together to do things but also separately really helps, just having that bit of alone time with a good book or hanging out with people other than each other can really help improve your time together whilst travelling.
Taking a step back to really appreciate us & what we are doing is hard when we’re in it all of the time but we have both come to realise how important reflection & appreciation really is.
Going with the flow & taking things one day at a time has done wonders for us travelling together & we really love the fact that we have found our travel couple flow!
Kelly & Adam x