Being in a long-distance relationship isn’t always easy. We all need alone time, but being so far apart means you might have too much time by yourself. However, even though alone time is necessary, the distance can take a toll on some relationships. The good news is that traveling together can make it better.
If you have the time and the funds, here are several reasons to consider traveling with your long-distance partner.
1. Traveling will allow you to see each other more often
When you’re in a long-distance relationship with someone who lives in another country, you can’t spend an indefinite amount of time together. You’ll have to visit each other according to the terms of your visa, and that can sometimes mean going months without seeing each other.
The amount of time you can spend visiting your significant other in another country will be limited. For example, most foreigners can only stay in the U.S. for around three months. If one of you is already a U.S. citizen, the other might be able to get a K-1 fiancé(e) visa to eventually obtain a green card and U.S. residency.
For instance, if you want to become a Florida resident, you can get a fiancé(e) visa as long as you get married within 90 days. Then, you can apply for a green card and eventually become a permanent resident. However, you may not want to marry your partner just yet.
If you’re not ready to get married, traveling with your partner can keep you together for longer than usual. All you have to do is visit one country for a period of time, and then travel to another country for a period of time. With some planning, you can keep traveling together for as long as you like. If you enjoy the nomad lifestyle, you can keep traveling indefinitely.
2. You’ll learn so much about each other
Part of building a relationship involves learning about each other, and there’s no better way to do that than by traveling together. Life is easy and comfortable when you’re in a familiar environment, but when you’re both in a new environment, things can be challenging. Those challenges aren’t necessarily negative, but rather, an opportunity to find out what triggers you and your partner have, what you like and don’t like, and more.
3. You can become part of a strong community
Life as a couple is great on its own, but it’s even better when you can immerse yourself in a strong community. There’s something special about finding communities while you travel, and finding a community as a couple can bring you closer together, especially when that community centers on a cause you both find important.
Some couples dive right into the nomad lifestyle together and start traveling the world together 24/7. When you do this, you’ll be living and working together so much that you may not get much alone time. However, when you become part of a community, you’ll have other people to branch off with in your group of friends and you’ll be able to spend time apart.
4. You’ll experience the world together
People love traveling because they get to see the world from a new perspective, and there really isn’t anything that beats this experience. We all become used to our surroundings. Traveling – especially overseas – is a thrilling and new experience on every level. The landscapes and architecture are different, the food is different, and so are the languages and cultures.
Experiencing new cultures, food, and scenery together as a couple will help you bond more with your significant other. It won’t make the time you spend apart any easier, but it will help you build a stronger connection with each other, especially when you share meals together. The memories of visiting a restaurant in a foreign country will be much stronger than if you simply had dinner in your hometown.
5. You’ll develop better communication skills
Nothing can create arguments like the stress of traveling. However, you don’t have to be at odds with your partner just because you’re both stressed out. Use the opportunity to practice better communication skills, compromise where your travel styles differ, and honor each other’s preferences and needs. Whether you travel for a weekend, a month, or all the time, you’ll end up with better communication skills than when you started.
Traveling with your partner will bring you closer
If your goal is to create a strong bond between you and your partner, traveling will help. It’s the perfect opportunity to tackle the kind of situations that will help you become closer than ever.