Tandem Travel

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As much as I like traveling alone I must admit, I enjoy company far more.

I like sharing travel memories with friends. Take photos together and have memories of adventures shared. We still joke about an accidental queer art exhibition we went to. (Accidental as in we were not meant to be there, but it was damn interesting)

But with a travel partner comes travel stress. Even your favourite person in the world can get on your nerves when you have to drive together for 13 hours. Or share a secluded cabin for 5 nights. My husband always said he married me because I am that one person he wants to annoy for the rest of his life, so I guess I should have known. If you have a short fuse like me but still want travel company, here is my survival guide to not killing each other and actually having the best time.

Just laugh.

That moment when you feel like you are going to kill him. Laugh. Like cry of laughter. Its far better than a silly argument about who forgot to pack what.

Split up. (relax, only for a few hours)

Remember that although there are many things you want to do together, it’s great to split up and go wander off on your own too. Perhaps you want to see a museum he doesn’t or he wants to go eat something odd that doesn’t impress you. Just because you travel together doesn’t mean you are joined at the hip.

Go for unplanned walks.

Instead of planning out every minute of your trip (making it even more stressful) just take a day to hop in the car and go for a drive together. You never know what you will discover. Or just go for a walk. Some of my best memories of traveling with Oscar was made on late night walks.


Don’t be one of those kak people that say “I’m fine” when you are about to commit murder. Talk, just talk it out. It’s that easy.

Enjoy each others company. I mean it. Really enjoy it. Short camping trip or international travel, it doesn’t matter where you go. It’s always better together.


  • gillianmh

    Love this, it is also really good advice for everyday, not just travelling

    April 19, 2016 - 9:42 am Reply
  • biancaerasmus

    Can’t agree more! If 15 hours in an enclosed space gets too much, stop, walk around and go further. We do it. Jurie sits outside on the grass and I walk around the shop buying crappy food.

    April 19, 2016 - 10:17 am Reply

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