The summer is the perfect time to finally plan that road trip you’ve been thinking about! From a couple hours over to the beach or lake, to cross country to visit the in-laws, planning a road trip is a unique and fun experience to create lasting memories with your partner. Plus, it’s a great way to put your relationship to the test. Spending 24/7 with someone alone in the car, out on the road, is one way to see how strong your relationship really is. From time spent getting to know each other, sharing new experiences, and compromising, you’ll encounter many bonding experiences along the way.
If you’re anxious about a roadtrip that’s coming up, have no fear! Let’s talk about some things you can incorporate into your trip to grow closer to your partner.
Get to Know Each Other
What better time to get to know each other and have deep, meaningful conversations when you’re stuck in the car for hours and hours? During a road trip, you’ll really have the time to get to know someone, with one-on-one uninterrupted time. Make your road trip fun by preparing some questions to discuss during the road trip. You’re bound to get tired of listening to music!
A mix of both fun and serious questions can keep things interesting. Whether you’ve been together for years or are in the early stages of your relationship, these questions can help get you thinking. Below are some fun road trip questions to ask your partner:
- What is your perfect day?
- Where do you want to retire one day?
- If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
- What are the top 5 places on your travel bucket list?
- What is your favorite thing about yourself and me?
- Do you believe everything happens for a reason?
- What superpower would you want to have?
These are just a few of the many questions that can help your partner get closer, creating a memorable bonding experience. Plus, you’ll help to pass the time with these questions! It’s time to get creative!
As you’re gonna be in a pretty close environment, try to stay away from more sensitive topics that might make the trip awkward. Try to make it a fun time, not a chance for an interrogation and be careful with your approach if you do bring up something that might create tension.
Plan Experiences Along the Way
What’s a road trip without fun stops? Take your bonding experience to the next level throughout the road trip by planning new experiences together. Before you travel, map out the route and check out the towns you’ll pass through. Then, research what there is to do in each town. New experiences can big or small. Whether it’s seeing a monument or sightseeing spot you’ve never seen before or doing a cooking class, any immersive experience is a chance to bond with your partner and create lasting memories.
When you choose experiences for your trip, pass on things like bowling or movies. These are things that are unlikely to be different than the “norm” of things you can do at home. The point of your road trip is to try new things that you can’t do at home.
And don’t forget to pick up your favorite snacks or try something new at Starbucks!
Looking for more dates with less gas commitment? Check out these five summer date ideas to mix into your roadtrip or outside of. From rooftop bars to wineries, you may be able to experience many of these along your road trip or at your final destination.
A Chance for Compromises
A road trip might not always be glamorous. Between bathroom breaks, finding food, hotels, and stopping for gas, there are many factors to consider. As such, you and your partner will need to compromise to keep things running smoothly. That’s why a road trip is a perfect exercise to put your relationship to the test. Couples that master compromising early on in the relationship are setting themselves up for a happy, healthy relationship. One day, you may find that compromise is one of the secret ingredients for a happy relationship or marriage.
As you plan your roadtrip, you’re both likely to have a “must-do” list. However, there may not be time to fit everything in. That’s where compromise comes in. Perhaps you have a must-do restaurant, while your partner has a must-see show. Finding ways to work in both your desires and compromising will help make your roadtrip the best.
Another thing to consider before you start your roadtrip is that nothing ever goes entirely to plan. Planning out as much of your roadtrip in advance as possible is great when it comes to big things, like your route or what car you’ll take. But, there are so many factors that can change along your journey. The weather may not be what was expected, leading to a change in plans. You may not be able to drive as long as anticipated in one day due to traffic. It’s important to enter your roadtrip with an open mind and flexible attitude. Being too rigid and not flexible enough can lead to some arguments along the way.
See your Partner in a New Element
When you go on a road trip, you can see your partner outside of their daily routine or usual setting. This gives you a chance to see how your partner acts and responds to new experiences. For example, this may give you a chance to see an adventurous side of your partner that you may not see during everyday activities. Or, maybe you see how shy or nervous your partner is when they’re trying new things. Either way, you can gain a lot of new insight about your partner while you’re on a road trip.
What the Research Says
Research conducted by the U.S Travel Association has found that travel can have a long-lasting, positive impact on relationships. Through various research studies, they found there’s a number of reasons why couples who travel together have happier relationships when compared to those who do not travel together. This U.S. Travel survey was conducted with the primary purpose to determine if, and to what extent, travel plays a role in enhancing romantic relationships.
First off, couples who travel together reported a higher relationship satisfaction. Furthermore, they reported enhanced communication with their partners and more romance.
When couples who travel were surveyed, 67% of people felt that at least one aspect of their relationship improved after traveling together. If that’s not a good reason to try traveling together, we’re not sure what is! In addition, 72% of couples said that traveling together can spark or inspire romantic feelings in a relationship. Ultimately, research suggests that the reason travel can enhance relationships is because it enables couples to spend quality time together, thereby improving romance and intimacy.
Ready to embark on your road trip adventure? Keep these points in mind as you and your partner hit the road together. While no road trip is going to be perfect, it can be a great time to bond and get to know your partner on a deeper level. In addition, you may feel that you have enhanced relationship satisfaction after traveling with your partner.
If all goes well, it might be time to start planning your next adventure! Just think of all the exciting places you and your partner will go. Next time, take an airplane trip or even try another road trip. There’s a whole world to explore!
Julia Rodgers is HelloPrenup’s CEO and Co-Founder. She is a Massachusetts family law attorney and true believer in the value of prenuptial agreements. HelloPrenup was created with the goal of automating the prenup process, making it more collaborative, time efficient and cost effective. Julia believes that a healthy marriage is one in which couples can openly communicate about finances and life goals. You can read more about us here Questions? Reach out to Julia directly at [email protected].