As you may know, we recently got married and are wandering around the world for over a year. How can that not be romantic, right? Well believe it or not, it’s easy to get caught up in the planning and the details and lose touch with each other on a romantic level.
We are everything to each other right now. We are each others family, each others best friends, at times each others enemies, each others teachers, each others guides, each others mentors, each others jiminy cricket and somewhere in there we’re also each others lovers. Every few days we have a new city, a new home, a new bed and new neighbours to adapt to. We are also foreigners everywhere we go and as Canadians want to show our utmost respect so we represent our beautiful and kind nation well. All of this adds up to sometimes forgetting about romance all together.
Luckily we are officially experts at travelling. Each of us has clocked over 10,000 magical hours on journey’s around the world. We’ve learned a thing or two about how to keep our love alive, here are some of our secrets. (Psst… they work for self-love too – you badass solo travellers)
1. Pay attention
Feeling cranky, disconnected, anxious or stressed? Perfect time to talk about it. Why do you feel that way? What can be done to help? Maybe it’s time for a day off (aka a day with zero plans and no alarm clock – wake up whenever you want and do whatever you want even if that is nothing at all). Whether you’re travelling alone or with a partner, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You know yourself better than anyone, so pay attention and give your body and soul just what it needs. Stress is pretty much the enemy of love.
2. Play everyday
Don’t take things too seriously. If you have a song stuck in your head, sing it outloud (or serenade your partner embarassingly in the middle of a crowded place). If you find a hilarious sign or statue, take that potentially inappropriate picture you know you want to show your friends back home. If a baby starts looking at you funny because clearly you don’t look like the rest of their family, make a funny face to really confuse them – you may even get a laugh out of their parents. Laughter really is the best medicine so have fun!
Sneak a loving glance at your partner (or your reflection in the bathroom mirror), maybe even add a wink for good measure. Hold hands. Hug a little longer. Say thank you. Say I love you.
4. Be honest
Pretty simple. Being honest with yourself and your partner makes life and love a lot easier. Don’t pretend you aren’t disappointed or mad. Don’t pretend you don’t need something (like dessert or an hour of silence) just be honest. It’s best for everyone.
This one may not necessarily pertain to the solo travellers but as a couple we love finding ways to surprise each other. Surprise, I bought you a chocolate bar (always a win for both of us)! Surprise, I planned everything for our next city! Surprise, I edited all of the photos for the next blog! Surprise, I packed lingerie! Whatever it is, thoughtful surprises are always special and will ignite your love in the simplest ways.
How do you keep your love alive while on the road? Our list has plenty of room for improvement!