Couples Travel - Take Your Friendship on a Road Trip
Instead of telling your friends about your latest
vacation, why not invite them along? "Couples
travel" doesn't mean you can't share a holiday
with good friends! Vacationing with another couple
that you both like can be fun and memorable for
all of you.
Naturally, any time you vacation with someone else it
can become a sticky situation, so lay down a few ground
rules to ensure you have the best possible time together.
- Before making a booking, ask the accommodation
about the sleeping arrangements. If you're looking
for a smaller, more reclusive getaway such as a chalet,
find out the number of bedrooms and whether each room
has a good view (no one wants to fight over the only
room with a view!).
Now, if you know that all of you prefer privacy,
consider booking side-by-side cottages, or look for
a bigger vacation home that offers nice bedrooms on
different floors or opposite sides of the house.
That way you can still enjoy each other's company
but can have privacy with your sweetie when you want it.
If you're staying at a hotel, ask for adjacent
rooms or you may end up on different floors.
- Book an accommodation where you can laugh and talk
without disturbing other guests. For instance, choose
a secluded accommodation that offers a private patio,
deck or beachfront. You'll be able to sit around a
fire with a bottle of wine talking to the wee hours
of the night without worrying about the neighbours
- Make a list of activities both couples would
enjoy. Maybe you and your partner love outdoor
recreation, while your friends just like to hang out
by the water with a glass of wine. Try to figure out
an activity that's interesting for both couples, such
as a hike to a lake and a picnic.
- Try a vacation specializing in one specific activity.
Many accommodations offer more than just a nice room. Some
cater to trail riding, spa treatments, and even cooking
classes and many other activities. Be adventurous and
select a location, tour or package that offers an
activity that no one has tried before but sounds
fun. You can have some great laughs along the way.
- The location you select can have a big impact on the
ambiance of your romantic holiday too. For instance,
if London has always held a special fascination for
you, then start saving up for that special romantic
getaway. Check in to London hotels in the heart
of the city where you'll be central to the sights and
sounds. Or for a totally different feel, try an intimate
bed & breakfast inn or a boutique hotel in an outlying
town or village near the city. This gives easy access
to the attractions of the big city, yet allows for
a quieter and more private romantic setting.
- Take turns cooking. Have everyone prepare at
least one meal so that the cooking duty is spread
amongst friends. You'll get to know more about their
culinary abilities (or inabilities) while having fun
around the dinner table. Better yet, invite a friend
who enjoys cooking and is willing to volunteer as the
- Don't take it personally when someone wants
to be alone. Even friends need to be apart once
in a while. Respect each other's boundaries and
you'll have plenty of great memories of your holiday
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