Editor’s Note: We’re so happy to welcome Wendy Sue Knecht as our newest guest blogger. Wendy is a former Pan Am flight attendant and author of Life, Love, & a Hijacking. As a traveling couple, this article is very dear to our hearts. We know firsthand how important it is to travel with your significant other. Out of all of the relationship tips there are, the biggest one is: travel before you commit!
Traveling well is an art. Traveling well in a relationship is a masterpiece. Some people are good at it; some just don’t like it at all. I’m always suspicious of people who don’t like to travel. Are they too fearful of not being in control, perhaps having to reveal too much about themselves, or just not curious? One thing I know for sure; traveling together is the best way to get to know someone. For better or worse, travel reveals the soul. And the further you travel out of your “known zone,” the more is revealed.
Why? Because when you travel to unknown territory, you and your partner are simply “out of control.” Circumstances can change without warning. There are airline cancelations and hotel rooms that are not ready or not right. You find yourselves in unfamiliar surroundings, not being able to speak the language and feeling like a stranger. Then throw in the jet lag and you have a recipe for disaster, no matter how loving a relationship. All of these things can bring out the worst in someone, or with any luck, their best. But either way, the way someone reacts to less than perfect situations – inevitably a part of travel and of life – is quite revealing.