With 2020 in the rearview mirror and summer upon us, it’s safe to say the travel bug has bit us all. Singles are no exception. After feeling like a year of their life was ripped away, they’re ready to make up for lost time. And for many, that means exploring somewhere new with someone new.
This isn’t a new concept though. Many singles talking to members in another city or state use trips to meet each other in person for the first time. While this makes sense from a geographic and logistics perspective – especially if meeting halfway between their two homes – it’s a step that shouldn’t be treaded lightly.
Meet Match’s Dating Expert: Ilissa
“When you travel with someone, you quickly get to know their quirks and habits. So, the stakes can feel much higher when you’re dating that person. Traveling is a great way to determine compatibility and see new sides of your partner, which can be exciting and even a little scary. Think of your first trip as a test run for the future. An easy way to take some of the pressure off is to be sure you’re prepared.”
After all, according to a recent Instagram survey conducted by Rachel DeAlto, Match’s Chief Dating Expert, 25% of participants have experienced a breakup as a result of traveling together.
The 5 best travel practices for new couples.
1. Keep the trip to 3 days or less
Seriously. Even if you have no doubt it will be a success, keep that first getaway to a long weekend. That way if things don’t turn out like you planned, you’re not stuck somewhere uncomfortable for a long period of time.
2. Discuss intimacy expectations
This was ranked as the most important rule to follow when traveling with someone for the first time. Setting boundaries and expectations in advance – like deciding if you’ll share a room – will help ensure there are no awkward moments or disappointments that could kill the vacation’s vibe.
3. Set a budget
Given that finances are one of the top causes for arguments among couples, we have to call this out. Discussing what you both feel comfortable spending and who will be responsible for what, will take a lot of stress out of the experience. Plus, you can plan ahead and know what to expect.
4. Consider going with a group
This can be a great way to take the pressure off. Just make sure the friends or family you bring along gel with one another. That way, if you do want to sneak off for a little alone time, they won’t mind.
5. Go in with realistic expectations
Let’s be real, the trip won’t be perfect. Whether flights are delayed, luggage gets lost, or experiences get rained out, there are bound to be bumps in the road. Remember to be flexible and don’t let minor inconveniences kill your spirit. After all, you’re showing them how you’ll handle future conflicts.
How soon to book your first getaway?
Knowing when you’re ready to travel together is different for every relationship. That being said, 53% of Instagram participants said going anywhere after only knowing each other for a few weeks was too soon. Our Dating Experts recommend waiting three months before taking your relationship on the road.