The perfect way to make your partner’s heart beat faster? Take them on a crazy adventure, the more extreme the better. But travelling with a partner can pose some serious challenges if you’re not prepared. This is the second of a 5-part series of helpful tips on travel for two. (Read about going away together on a luxury vacation.) Make the best of such a trip and instead of driving each other crazy, create beautiful memories for a lifetime.
Every relationship is an adventure. While some folks are content to explore each other’s personalities patiently and discover traits with leisure, others crave excitement and passionate thrills. For these people, a holiday together can mean only one thing – extreme adventure. But there are certain perils to watch out for, which can tear apart life partners.
Mountain climbing, paragliding, white water rafting, swimming with sharks or skydiving; no matter what the extreme adventure is, we’re here to help. This is our list of the 8 things you need to be wary of so that during this trip, you lose only your inhibitions and not your temper, and gain only exhilarating memories instead of volatile regrets.
1. Prep and plan
While spontaneity is the name of the game when it comes to extreme adventure holidays, it pays to think ahead in terms of insurance, emergency contact numbers and of course, informing family where you can be reached. In case of a crisis or accident, you don’t want to force your partner to handle these in an already stressful moment.
2. Play safe
Make sure the adventure sports company that you’re holidaying with are certified and their personnel and equipment are approved too. Life jackets for water sports and other safety gear are a must.
3. Travel light
A holiday can make it tempting to pack all your leisure wear, multiple changes of clothes, extra shoes and camping gear, etc. The smarter thing is to carry only what is needed and items that are light to pack, wash and wear, fast dry and multi-functional. Getting weighed down with baggage is the last thing you want on an adventure holiday.
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4. Get rest
A lot of adrenalin is going to be pumping through your systems on this trip. Find some down time for the two of you to bond, share how much you’re enjoying your experiences together and remind each other how grateful you are for this holiday.
5. Stay calm
It is important that when situations heat up and things don’t go the way they’re meant to, you keep calm and don’t fly off the handle with each other. Be understanding and patient even if you’re tempted to lose your cool.
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6. Laugh out loud
And always keep your sense of humour handy. No matter what goes wrong, it helps to look at each other and remember that this is just one trip, and you guys have the rest of your lives to spend together. So you might as well get a few laughs along the way.
7. Get shot
Capturing your electrifying moments for posterity is crucial so make sure you pay extra for the tour company to click them professionally. After, you gotta show off on social media that you tandem bungee jumped or swam with sharks together, right?
8. Be grateful
The fact that you’ve made it through the trip and gotten safely home means you have much to be thankful for. For the fact that you could afford the time and money for this trip, that you were healthy enough to take it on, and that you made it back alive and happy. Don’t forget to thank each other for the wonderful experience. This will ensure your next trip will be even more fun and probably take place sooner than you expected or imagined.
Being adrenalin junkies together means you don’t have to chase your thrills solo and can share the excitement while having double the fun. Go on and recapture that electric feeling you enjoyed when you first met.