by Giselle Bello
You and your new boyfriend decide to go on your first vacation together. You are super excited about this, but then the worries start to creep up…where will you travel to? And do what? And sharing a bathroom for a week?! Never fear, here are some pointers to ensure smooth sailing on your first getaway.
For your first vacation, make sure you go somewhere that mutually interests both of you. Maybe you’re both into skiing, or nature, or culture. Find something you both are excited about, and points if it’s somewhere new for you both so you can experience it for the first time together.
Keep travel time to a minimum and find a destination that doesn’t include multiple layovers or 20 hour flights. It’s a bit too much pressure for new couples.
Similarly, try and avoid high maintenance or ‘extreme’ destinations. You won’t have a clue what to expect. The last thing you want is for funky cuisine to leave one of you in the bathroom half the time, or extreme weather to make a mess of your skin and hair.
Once you have the destination picked, you can even go ahead and book tickets to the shows or events you want to see before you travel. This keeps things easy for when you arrive, as you already have plans to look forward to.
Are you comfortable around him?
Remember that SATC episode where Miranda is vacationing with a new bf and uses the hotel bathroom lobby because she doesn’t want to go when he is in the room? Sharing space (particularly bathrooms) will definitely test your comfort level with each other, so make sure you are comfortable enough around him before you check in somewhere for the week.
Group trips or one on one?
Traveling with a group can be really fun, but make sure everyone is on the same page before heading out. Otherwise you will have awkward or tense moments when you want to have a fancy champagne and caviar evening, while your boyfriend’s bro just wants to head to the nearest pub. One on one trips also give you more control over the itinerary.
Packing and Pampering
Keep your traveling hassle free, and do not overpack! Granted, you do not want to wear the same outfit in every single picture. But pack efficiently, bringing a few key and versatile pieces.
Finally, get all your lady pampering done before flying off. Nails, root touch ups, bikini lines, etc. You will be ready for action right when you land!