Picture this, you and your beloved hand-in-hand sipping on summer cocktails as you people watch from an amazing restaurant in a new city.
That’s how most of us believe our first holiday as a couple will be and hey, it could happen. However, more often than not, things don’t go according to plan. Between the sunburn and the sudden lack of personal space you can quickly find yourself questioning why you said yes to the holiday in the first place.
But don’t let that put you off. We’ve devised eight tips to help you prepare and make sure your first holiday as a couple goes smoothly:
1. TAKE A SHORT BREAK
Resist the temptation of booking a two week extravaganza and opt for a long weekend instead. A short and sweet trip away gives you just enough time to see if your partner is future holiday material. There’s nothing worse than being forced to spend time with someone once you realise their disdain for seafood is a total deal breaker.
2. GO SOMEWHERE NEW
No one likes the awkward conversation when you have to admit not only have you been to this place before but you were last there with your ex. Gulp. Instead, pick somewhere you’ve both never been so you can explore it together and (hopefully) make some lasting memories.
3. DON’T TAKE OVER
Or indeed, don’t leave it all up to the other person. Each plan a day or an evening so you don’t end up wondering how you ended up on a guided tour of a chocolate factory when you’re lactose intolerant or discover your other half has a fear of heights after you’ve booked a bungee jump experience.
4. CHECK THE ROOM OUT BEFORE YOU BOOK
A glass bathroom, as funky as it might be, can only lead to mortifying awkwardness. Even if you’re a bit of a naturist, your partner might be horrified at the prospect.
5. HAVE A BREAK
If you begin to feel a touch of cabin fever, make your excuses and find a moment of solace. A little bit of alone time, even if it’s just nipping to the shops to shake off a hangover, can help you establish whether it’s just the lack of personal space that’s irritating you or whether they are just…irritating.
6. MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
This is a tricky one. If you flash the cash to impress your partner and then have your card declined over dinner, you may be left cringing for years to come. At the same time, avoid demanding 50p for their share of the water you’ve just bought.
Agree a budget for the weekend and both chip in half, then if you want to spoil them you can treat them to something you can afford.
7. BE YOURSELF…BUT NOT TOO MUCH
If you’re a “no one sees me without make-up” sort of gal, we’re not saying ditch the glam and go au natural but don’t be so focused on your personal routine that you leave your partner waiting for two hours whilst you perfect your fake tan regime each morning. A little white #IWokeUpLikeThis lie isn’t going to hurt anyone.
8. REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ON HOLIDAY WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND… YET
Have fun! But proceed with caution. New beaus can be less forgiving of your wild shopping habits, love for Sambuca shots and 1pm lie-ins when they haven’t got years of friendship to fall back on.