You are so sick of getting cheated on, overcompensating for his faults and falling victim to (for a lack of a better word) douchebaggery. If only you could know if he is right for you before you really fall for him. Here are five ways travel can help you see the light, so you don’t have to feel blindly through the dark.
Your weekend MissTravel trip takes you to a tropical destination with white sandy shores, umbrella drinks and scantily clad hotties. Sure he flew you to Miami for the weekend, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the fact that he is easily distracted by other girls. If he is always checking out other women your very first weekend together, what are the chances of him staying loyal to you back home?
For some girls, chivalry is important, and often lacking in most relationships. A true gentleman opens your door for you, walks on the sidewalk closest to the curb and helps the elderly cross the street. Generosity and common courtesy are not values instilled equally in every man, and sometimes it takes time to truly measure a man’s character. Vacationing together can speed up the process, introducing situations that will help you figure it out sooner.
Relationships take work, and most importantly, compromise. You won’t always agree on everything, even the simple things like where to go to eat, or what to do on your trip. Is he interested in our input, or is he always vetoing your response in lieu of his own personal preferences? Those are good things to find out early on in the relationship before you are forced to make a tough decision like converting to Judaism for him.
Patience. Understanding. Inspiring. All good qualities in a teacher, and a parent for that matter. Learning a new skill together like surfing, or cooking is great for bonding. But if he is trying to teach you how to surf and finds it frustrating that it took you more than 2 tries to get up, your whole experience may turn sour. If you can’t effectively learn from each other, it’s going to be one frustrating relationship.
If you’re on a trip alone together, you are going to cover a lot of ground when it comes to conversation. Topics like politics, religion, and marriage are bound to come up, a lot sooner than they would during traditional dating. You can also learn a lot about each other from the way he interacts with strangers. Like is he racist? Courteous? Selfish?
They say that traveling together is something you should save for later in the relationship, but wouldn’t you like to know about any deal breakers as soon as possible? Traveling could save you a lot of grief in the end.
What else can travel teach you about one another?
What are your biggest travel deal breakers?