Now that spring feels within our grasp, a lot of couples are planning getaways. I think it’s a combination of the milder weather and tax return checks. Traveling as a couple is so much fun. You get away from day-to-day stresses, pack the best of the best of your wardrobe, eat at restaurants 24/7 and snap memorable photos. You learn a lot about the person you are with when you’re off an adventure, but sometimes your travel styles don’t always perfectly align. If that sounds familiar, rest assured that these two, different types of tourists know where you’re coming from.
She Said: When I think of travel, I think of atmosphere and luxury. There’s nothing I love more than a stroll along my destination city’s scenic river or dinner at an intimate café overlooking the town square. I like reading in the park and people watching at local watering holes. I must admit though, I also jump at the chance to receive any type of spa treatment. Whether it’s a facial, massage, pedicure, or a mineral bath in some sort of healing water, sign me up! The luxury craver in me also really enjoys sleeping on 600 thread count sheets at a cool hotel. Part of the experience to me is staying up late watching HBO on a trendy flat screen and then sleeping until your scheduled room service breakfast wakes you up. I love exploring a new environment, but I also love taking it easy. You’re about to hear from my husband, who has the most adventurous spirit in the world when it comes to a new place, but there’s a little part of me that considers lounge time and pampering an essential part of the experience.
He Said: The whole point of visiting a new place is to visit a new place! I am not some sort of travel nerd who carries a map in his back pocket, wears an efficiency backpack and wakes up with the sun; but I do try to get the most out of any trip. In my opinion, there’s so much to do in a new city that it is hard to justify taking a nap or even getting a spa treatment you could get anywhere. I do feel there is room for aimless wandering on a trip; not everything has to be planned. I love museums and I love tours, but you can learn a lot about a place by just walking around, observing as you go and getting a feel for things. My wife and I went to Chicago for a wedding last summer. It was a glorious weekend; the weather was literally perfect. Because my wife’s friend was the bride-to-be and all her college cronies were there, I knew there would be a lot of brunching and chatting and not as much sightseeing. So we made a pact. After brunch, she could settle in with her friends for a gossip fest, and I could wander around the city unencumbered. We both got exactly what we wanted out of the day.
There’s room in all travels for different types of tourists. If you and your other half differ, either split up for an afternoon and indulge your fancy, or build a little of each person’s passion into your day. Happy Trails!