Whether it’s just an hour drive to the parents’ house for the holidays or a day trip to a friend’s wedding in the country, a road trip can put a seemingly solid relationship to the test. After all, being with your honey 24/7, with no escape route, can either magnify your love and affection or intensify your already-existing problems and conflict.
Whether you and your partner have been together for 20 days or for 20 years, there are many steps to take to ensure that your road trip will be filled with fun, connection, and a minimal amount of discomfort.
Remind yourselves that you are spending quality time together, away from the stress and hassles of work. Keeping that in mind, here are some suggestions for ways to prepare prior to the trip to have a meaningful time.
Should you adhere to a strict schedule or be flexible? Spontaneity can be a plus, however if you have a deadline (like a hotel reservation or dinner with relatives), you might want to reserve that beautiful overlook or fruit stand for the ride home.
The bottom line is that road trips can be a fantastic way for you to connect with your partner—in fact, it can be quite romantic and intimate. But if not handled in a smart way, it can lead to a nightmare. So, when you hit the road, be a team, be respectful, and be considerate. There’s a lot to see.
Happy holiday travels!
Dr. Robyn Zeiger is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a private practice in Silver Spring, MD. Her clientele includes both individuals and couples. Stacey Williams-Zeiger is the owner and Principal Broker of ZEIGER REALTY, INC., an equality owned residential and commercial brokerage.