Dating Guru’s Advice On A First Vacation Together…keep It Light.
DATELINE: NORWELL, MA…When it comes to taking a first vacation with your date, less really is more as far as length of trip goes.
By: The Right One
There may be many unforeseen snags such as lost passports, airport security, lost luggage, long flights, foreign food, language barriers and so on. A week or more is definitely too long a vacation for new couples. As you are both still at the ‘getting to know each other’ stage, a two-to three-day mini-vacation is perfect.”
Falzone offers his sage advice for a new couple’s mini-vacation:
Plan the trip together. Figuring out a destination is probably the easiest part of planning the trip. It’s the little details that cause all the trouble. So your boyfriend assumes you are going to stay at the best resort, while you, being more budget conscious, intend to stay at a more affordable hotel or bed and breakfast. This is why it’s so important to plan each aspect of your trip together. Compromising is key. Perhaps you acquiesce to stay at the resort as long as you get to choose where you will (affordably)
Discuss a budget. Under Cupid’s spell, some couples simply cannot imagine arguing with each other. When finances come into play, battles arise among even the most loving of couples. Discussing a budget beforehand is a must. Figure out how you will pay for things like gasoline if it’s a road trip, admission fees, etc. Maybe you are going to split all activities and expenses right down the middle or maybe one of you will pick up the hotel tab while the other pays for transportation and meals.
Have a game plan for each day of your vacation. That doesn’t mean you need to make a strict sightseeing schedule and stick to it. It simply means you should discuss several things you’d like to do during your trip and figure out when you’d like to do them. That way, you both have input into how your vacation will take shape and one person won’t lead the other around like a tour guide. A plan of action helps to slow down those folks who delight in over-scheduling themselves, while providing those folks who take each day as it comes, some structure.
“Working out the little details of your trip will help to ensure your first trip is lighthearted and fun while bringing you closer together,” concluded Falzone.
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