“I have found out that there is no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” –Mark Twain
Ernest Hemingway was once quoted to say that you should never go on trips with anyone you do not love. From this sentiment alone, we are supposed to assume that we have gone on many vacation trips with our loves. After all, these trips would cultivate a sense of togetherness and would foster a stronger and deeper connection between the two of you. Sure, you might argue that dating and hanging out in places near home is relatively the same but it is never just as good. Traveling to foreign places would push the both of you outside of your comfort zones by exploring new countries as you both discover more about each other. Moreover, it broadens your minds as well as your horizons.
In a sense, it gives you an idea of who you really are with and who you are choosing to be with for the long haul. So, in lieu of simply looking for things to do in Manila, why not take it up a notch and travel with your partner before you make that final commitment of tying the knot? Still unconvinced?
Here are excellent reasons why you should:
As you arrive in a new place, it is imperative to see if and how your partner matches your pace when exploring. If you are the adventurous type who wishes to explore and see the island while they are the ones who wish to lie in all day or vice versa, then know that this is a very important factor to consider. Remember, the pace at which they wish to live their life should match yours if you want a healthy relationship.
If you are absolutely certain that your partner is already the one, you would want to create memories with them. The memories you make would then be the foundation in cultivating a healthy relationship in the future. Moreover, taking on adventures together and knowing what you two can handle are two great ways to make lasting memories for a lifetime. Furthermore, the pictures you take would be excellent for videos which you can then showcase as a montage on your wedding day.
One of the important aspects in marriage is compromise. No doubt, when you get married, you and your partner would end up having to compromise on a myriad of things. Traveling to a different place gives you a taste of that. Know that when you travel, you would be confronted with situations that will challenge the both of you and compel you to make decisions. How you compromise says a lot about the future of your relationship. Moreover, it also shows you whether or not your partner is willing to compromise with you.
Test in patience
No doubt that traveling—especially to foreign countries can really test your patience. Delayed or cancelled flights, long queues, lousy service—these are just a slew of the problems and travel snags you can potentially encounter. Try to see how your partner handles these types of situations. From there, try to see if you also have the patience to deal with your partner whenever they lose their cool and their patience.
See how they spend money
Traveling with your partner can give you a glimpse of their spending habits. It tells you whether or not your spending patterns would match up. If they do not, try to see if one of you is willing to adapt to the spending habits of the other in order to match it.