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European Travel Tips for the Couple Ready to Jetset

April 13, 2018

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European Travel Tips for the Couple Ready to Jetset

April 13, 2018

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European Travel Tips for Couples Ready to Jetset | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Travel Advice | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer | Rome, Italy

Have you ever traveled with your love? It can genuinely be a magical experience. Some of my fondest memories with Teylor happened during our travels. We’ve been lucky to go to France, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and of course Germany. I’ve been to additional destinations traveling on my own, and there’s a big difference between solo travel, and traveling with your man!

We’ve learned a thing or two about traveling, and I’ excited to share some of our favorite European travel tips for couples!

European Travel Tips for Couples Ready to Jetset | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Travel Advice | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer | Rome, Italy

3 Mindset Tips that Will Elevate Your Travels

Travel with Grace

On a non-logistics note, be understanding and forgiving to each other during international travels! You know your man, and how he processes things, but it’s important to remember that traveling can be stressful and we all process that stress differently.

Try to give each other some grace and be a little more forgiving than usual when you’re abroad. Stressful situations happen all too often on trips and that’s not at all how you want to remember your excursion. Learning to laugh some things off will go a long way!

Plan ahead, but be flexible

It’s a great idea to have your itinerary in front of you and jot down a list of attractions, sights, or restaurants you absolutely must go to. You and your man should add to list equally to ensure you’re both seeing and experiencing things that appeal to you individually. Of course you’ll both enjoy all your activities.

The next step is to look at a map. Are the attractions on your list close by? Try to split up your days into what big things you’ll see and roughly how you two will get to each place (walk, public transportation, taxi, etc).

Having a general plan will make traveling a breeze! Of course if you see things along the way, the plans can change, which is why I recommend not to try and fit in as many locations as possible in one day. Rather pick 3 things you’d like to accomplish each day and allow time for you two to breathe and enjoy the destination.

Plan some alone time, and a date night!

When you’re with each other all day every day for a solid week and living in one bedroom hotels it’s easy to get a tad bit cramped. Which is why planning some alone time is a great idea! Of course be safe about it. Have a way to reach each other during your time apart and be sure you both know the name of the hotel and address just in case.

Having some alone time for a meal or a stroll in the city is such a great experience. Then you two can plan a fun date night and exchange stories from your solo adventures! It’s a win win. Most people forget about having a date night abroad because you’re together so much, but some of Teylor and my favorite date nights have been during vacations!

European Travel Tips for Couples Ready to Jetset | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Travel Advice | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer | Rome, Italy

4 Logistics to Make Traveling as a Couple Easier

Check the calendar

Before you lock in your European travel dates do a quick Google search for the countries you two will be visiting holiday calendar.

This may or may not be a deciding factor in your travel dates. For me, I’d rather experience a country for the first time without a busy holiday celebration or extra hustle and bustle. However, you two might love the celebratory vibe the European cities give off during holiday celebrations!

It’s just something to consider. Also, are you traveling during an American holiday? The number of tourists might be a little higher if so.

The paperwork

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention it- have copies of your itinerary and passports. Your itinerary printed copy should include addresses for where you’ll be staying. Trust me, phone issues happen and you want to be sure you can get to your bed after a long day of travel!

The 72 Hour Bag

The military introduced my family to the 72-hour bag. In the past, I have stuffed all my electronics into my carry on bag and call it a day! Nowadays I am a tad bit more strategic.

I pack the electronics I’ll need handy as well as chargers, but I also bring enough clothes and hygiene products for 72 hours. Unfortunately, luggage problems can happen. I don’t wish them on anyone, but I’d rather you be prepared for the worst.

Getting to a brand new city and needing to locate the nearest department store for clothes and toiletries is no fun. If your checked baggage is delayed, but you’ve packed your carry on as a 72-hour bag- you’re usually set until your checked baggage arrives.

Share the suitcase real estate

If you two are trying to pack light, sharing a checked suitcase might be the best option for you two. It’s hard for us ladies to share, but it’s important! If I need 3 different types of shoes for the outings we will be doing chances are that hubby will need 3 pairs as well. That can take lots of room. Just be sure no one is ‘over packing’ when you’re sharing a suitcase.

However, if you both decide to check a bag it’s smart to have an extra outfit for yourself in your mans bag. Same goes for him! Unfortunately, you never know when baggage is going to be delayed. I’m crossing my fingers that you two never experience that, but in case you do you’ll appreciate stashing an extra outfit in your loves suitcase.

European Travel Tips for Couples Ready to Jetset | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Travel Advice | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer | Rome, Italy

 

European Travel Tips for Couples Ready to Jetset | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Travel Advice | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer | Rome, Italy

Have you ever traveled with your love? It can genuinely be a magical experience. Some of my fondest memories with Teylor happened during our travels. We’ve been lucky to go to France, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and of course Germany. I’ve been to additional destinations traveling on my own, and there’s a big difference between solo travel, and traveling with your man!

We’ve learned a thing or two about traveling, and I’ excited to share some of our favorite European travel tips for couples!

European Travel Tips for Couples Ready to Jetset | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Travel Advice | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer | Rome, Italy

3 Mindset Tips that Will Elevate Your Travels

Travel with Grace

On a non-logistics note, be understanding and forgiving to each other during international travels! You know your man, and how he processes things, but it’s important to remember that traveling can be stressful and we all process that stress differently.

Try to give each other some grace and be a little more forgiving than usual when you’re abroad. Stressful situations happen all too often on trips and that’s not at all how you want to remember your excursion. Learning to laugh some things off will go a long way!

Plan ahead, but be flexible

It’s a great idea to have your itinerary in front of you and jot down a list of attractions, sights, or restaurants you absolutely must go to. You and your man should add to list equally to ensure you’re both seeing and experiencing things that appeal to you individually. Of course you’ll both enjoy all your activities.

The next step is to look at a map. Are the attractions on your list close by? Try to split up your days into what big things you’ll see and roughly how you two will get to each place (walk, public transportation, taxi, etc).

Having a general plan will make traveling a breeze! Of course if you see things along the way, the plans can change, which is why I recommend not to try and fit in as many locations as possible in one day. Rather pick 3 things you’d like to accomplish each day and allow time for you two to breathe and enjoy the destination.

Plan some alone time, and a date night!

When you’re with each other all day every day for a solid week and living in one bedroom hotels it’s easy to get a tad bit cramped. Which is why planning some alone time is a great idea! Of course be safe about it. Have a way to reach each other during your time apart and be sure you both know the name of the hotel and address just in case.

Having some alone time for a meal or a stroll in the city is such a great experience. Then you two can plan a fun date night and exchange stories from your solo adventures! It’s a win win. Most people forget about having a date night abroad because you’re together so much, but some of Teylor and my favorite date nights have been during vacations!

European Travel Tips for Couples Ready to Jetset | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Travel Advice | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer | Rome, Italy

4 Logistics to Make Traveling as a Couple Easier

Check the calendar

Before you lock in your European travel dates do a quick Google search for the countries you two will be visiting holiday calendar.

This may or may not be a deciding factor in your travel dates. For me, I’d rather experience a country for the first time without a busy holiday celebration or extra hustle and bustle. However, you two might love the celebratory vibe the European cities give off during holiday celebrations!

It’s just something to consider. Also, are you traveling during an American holiday? The number of tourists might be a little higher if so.

The paperwork

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention it- have copies of your itinerary and passports. Your itinerary printed copy should include addresses for where you’ll be staying. Trust me, phone issues happen and you want to be sure you can get to your bed after a long day of travel!

The 72 Hour Bag

The military introduced my family to the 72-hour bag. In the past, I have stuffed all my electronics into my carry on bag and call it a day! Nowadays I am a tad bit more strategic.

I pack the electronics I’ll need handy as well as chargers, but I also bring enough clothes and hygiene products for 72 hours. Unfortunately, luggage problems can happen. I don’t wish them on anyone, but I’d rather you be prepared for the worst.

Getting to a brand new city and needing to locate the nearest department store for clothes and toiletries is no fun. If your checked baggage is delayed, but you’ve packed your carry on as a 72-hour bag- you’re usually set until your checked baggage arrives.

Share the suitcase real estate

If you two are trying to pack light, sharing a checked suitcase might be the best option for you two. It’s hard for us ladies to share, but it’s important! If I need 3 different types of shoes for the outings we will be doing chances are that hubby will need 3 pairs as well. That can take lots of room. Just be sure no one is ‘over packing’ when you’re sharing a suitcase.

However, if you both decide to check a bag it’s smart to have an extra outfit for yourself in your mans bag. Same goes for him! Unfortunately, you never know when baggage is going to be delayed. I’m crossing my fingers that you two never experience that, but in case you do you’ll appreciate stashing an extra outfit in your loves suitcase.

European Travel Tips for Couples Ready to Jetset | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Travel Advice | European Destination Wedding & Anniversary Photographer | Rome, Italy

 

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Comments

  1. Denise says:

    Very helpful travel advice! The luggage thing always gets me when I travel. I’m always cramming into a carryon so I don’t have to check a bag!

  2. Mercedes says:

    These are super great tips! That 72-hour bag is a really helpful one. We usually pack a 24-hour version but this makes way more sense, really.

  3. Hanna says:

    Love all of these tips! My husband and I love to travel and have done a lot over the last couple years, I need to working on my packing skills for sure! Where would suggest for a unique European adventure?

  4. sarah says:

    ahhhh I want to travel even more now then I did before! These are really great tips, thank you so much for sharing them with us

  5. Daisy says:

    Great tips! We’ve been dreaming of traveling to Europe , now I really want to go! Your tips will come in handy- hopefully next year!

  6. Ok…seriously, these are some great tips! I especially love the 72-Hour Bag, as well as the Personal Time/Date night. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Mira says:

    I wish I had read this before we traveled to Amsterdam, France and Israel last November. It was a whirlwind of two weeks and we had to have enough clothing for multiple different occasions, including a wedding! we walked about 10-12 miles a day and I wish I had packed another pair of walking shoes for my husband. He could have really used it. Next time though!

  8. Elyse says:

    Great travel tips!! Each and every one of your tips was bang on! I have travelled quite a bit and my boyfriend and I just did a Switzerland trip together. So much fun and definitely can’t wait to go again!

  9. Sarah Holladay says:

    Wow, you all have been to some incredible places! I specifically love your tip about traveling with grace and also scheduling some alone time… I’ve bever reallythkughts about that or made time for it on vacation before, but it’s SO important!! Thanks for sharing!

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