Tips for travelling with your partner

Travelling with your partner for the first time is not always as romantic and adventurous as you’d imagine. You’re stuck together for 24 hours a day, forced to make quick-thinking decisions when something goes wrong, and confronted with language and cultural barriers.

If done correctly, your first trip together can strengthen your relationship and be one of your most rewarding experiences together.

Keep reading for our tips on how to travel with your partner for the first time!

1. Know each others habits

When you’re not spending time with each other for 24 hours, your bad habits can easily be ignored. In fact, they can sometimes be ‘cute’. However, when you’re travelling and feeling overwhelmed with your new environment, it’s easy to feel frustrated at your partner’s bad habits.

Perhaps your partner never wakes up on the first alarm. Or maybe they spend too much time organising their suitcase. Either way, there will be angry vents and tension if these habits aren’t discussed before departing. Make it known what bad habits you have, so your partner isn’t in for a surprise when you’re stuck together at your destination.


2. Plan ahead

There’s nothing worse than reaching your destination and wasting precious time on the internet researching places and things to do. After selecting your destination, make sure you discuss what each person wants to see and do. Neither partner will be travelling back home happily if the trip catered to just one partner.

Do you prefer visiting museums while your partner wants to try all the local cuisine? Compromise and plan your itinerary equally so that that each person gets to do something they want. Remember, you’re two individuals with different interests and hobbies.


3. Discuss your budget

Money can be an awkward topic to discuss anywhere, especially if you have different incomes and opinions on budgeting. It’s best to get the topic out of the way as soon as possible – before you even book flights and accommodation!

Some topics to consider:

  • Should you splurge on expensive accommodation and flights, or choose budget hostels and airlines?
  • Are you cooking dinner or dining out every night?
  • What is your main mode of transportation – walking, public transport, uber or renting a car?
  • Will you be taking part in activities with expensive entry fees?
  • How will you split the costs for restaurant bills?

There are plenty of apps in the marketplace that will help you keep track of your spending!


4. Have some alone time

You don’t have to be joined at the hips!

Having some alone time allows you to explore an activity your partner adamantly refuses to try, and same for them with a hobby you have no desire to experience. This also gives you space to recharge and miss your partner again. Plus, you can make friends with other travelers.

If you’re worried about getting lost, make sure you have a way to communicate with each other, and your maps and translation devices charged.


5. Use your strengths

You both have your own strengths and skills that the other may not have. Use your strengths effectively while travelling.

These strengths can include:

  • Driving
  • Navigating directions
  • Speaking the native language
  • Haggling
  • Charming people for a hotel room upgrade
  • Organising


6. Relax and have fun

Even if you have organised every minute detail of the trip, things can still go wrong – such as the airline losing your luggage causing you to miss the early bus out of the airport.

The best way to handle these situations is to remain calm. Stirring up panic with your partner will only make the both of you stress more. Relax and remind yourself that you still have the rest of the trip to enjoy.

And if you’ve lashed out angrily at your partner for something out of their control, make sure you apologise and try not to let it happen again.


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How Christmas is celebrated in Australia

Christmas in Australia takes place during Summer which makes the celebration quite different from Europe and America.

Although Australia still follows the traditional practice of exchanging gifts on 25th December and decorating a Christmas tree, here’s a look at how Australia celebrates Christmas!

1. Christmas at the beach

As the rest of the world locks themselves indoors away from the snow, Australians flock to the beach with their friends. It is common to see thousands of beach-goers sun baking, walking around in thongs and wearing a Christmas themed singlet or a Santa hat.

It’s the perfect way to escape the heat wave on this public holiday!

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2. Food and Cake

Due to the hot weather, for Christmas lunch Australians serve cold meats such as turkey or ham, and seafoods such as prawns and lobster.

Instead of chocolate cake, Australians serve pavlova, a meringue-based dessert topped with seasonal fresh fruit.

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3. Boxing Day

Boxing Day, the day after Christmas Day is also a national public holiday.

On Boxing Day, Australians are either having a BBQ with friends and family or scoring the best sales from large retailers. Retail stores commonly hold sales on this day which can see shoppers lining up before the stores are even open!

Boxing Day also marks the start of the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.


4. Ugly Christmas Sweater

The downside to having Christmas in summer is the lack of Ugly Christmas Sweaters! Australians can’t wear these sweaters for obvious reasons but their love for celebrating means that Christmas in July is growing in popularity.


5. Pets

Australians are always sure to include their furry family member in the festivities. This usually means wrapping a small gift up for their pet to tear apart.

Although pets can’t be dressed up in cute Santa outfits or Christmas sweaters, Australians keep it simple by hanging tinsel around their neck or propping reindeer ears on. christmas-1874258_960_720.jpg

6. Decorations

You’ll find that a lot of the Christmas decorations have an Australian theme to them.

Some common ones are:

  • Santa in a singlet and shorts
  • Santa surfing
  • Santa riding a kangaroo
  • Native Australian animals in Christmas clothing

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7 Fascinating Facts about New Zealand

With an abundance of national parks, a blending of Māori and Western culture, and plenty of thrill seeking activities, New Zealand has something for everyone.

There is a lot more to New Zealand than meets the eye. Keep reading for some interesting facts about New Zealand!

1. There are 6 sheep to every 1 human

A few years ago, this number was previously at 9 sheep to every 1 human!

The numbers tipped in 1982, with a reported amount of 70.3 million sheep. However, since the mid 1980s, the number has steadily decreased due to wool prices, droughts and other competitive farming activities.


2. It has a hill with the 2nd longest place name in the world

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a hill located in Hawkes Bay.

The word in Māori roughly translates as “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower, played his nose flute to his loved one”.

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3. Filming location for “The Lord of the Rings” films

The “Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was shot in New Zealand, showcasing the country’s beautiful landscapes.

Hobbiton is the only movie set still intact that travelers can visit, but you can still visit the scenery locations from the films!

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4. Blue Lake has the clearest water in the world

The small Blue Lake of Nelsons Lake National Park has the clearest natural fresh water in the world, with a visibility of up to 80 metres!

The waters are regarded as sacred by the local Māori tribe so no humans are permitted to enter.

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5. The Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere

Standing at 328 metres tall, the Sky Tower in Auckland is the 25th tallest tower in the world. It has several upper levels open to the public, which includes some observation decks, a revolving restaurant and a cafe.

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6. There are 48 volcanic cones around Auckland

Don’t worry – none of them are dormant! The youngest and largest cone, Rangitoto, is 600 years old.

Make your way to the top of the volcanic cones for some of the best panoramic views of the Auckland region.

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7. The traditional Māori greeting is called a Hongi

The Hongi is the touching of noses between two people as a greeting. During the Hongi, the breath of life is shared, signifying an important cultural gesture.

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