• Michelle Mattke

Traveling With Your Partner

Updated: Nov 27, 2018


Of all the places we have been, we have never really gotten lost. We have walked so far that we didn't know where we were, but after a quick glance at a map, Tye is easily able to identify where we are and which direction we need to head. Some of the apps that he has really found helpful were City Maps To Go. Where you download the map of a city on Wi-Fi so when you are out and about with no Wi-Fi you are able to use it pretty much like GPS.


When you are traveling with someone, whether that be a friend, a parent, colleague, or significant other you learn what type of traveler they are, what they are like in certain situations and who gradually handles what components, even without a prior conversation.


Here is what I have learned about Tye and I:


I’m the small talker - he’s the pressure situation solution.

What I mean by that is when we come to a situation where we have to barter with someone, ask for directions or get to know people on a tour; I’m your gal. I’m smiley and am completely comfortable asking a stranger where they like to eat or how to get somewhere. Also, often times you are forced to be in a group of people you don't know when you sign up for a tour. I always make it a point to start the conversation and ask where they are from or where they are traveling to next. Helps alleviate that awkward ambiance in the air.


Tye on the other hand, while completely capable of talking to a stranger, he just knows that typically a girl is easier to stop and talk to then a unknown man. However, when it comes to situations where something has gone wrong on our travels - he always figures out a way to fix it. He’s able to because his patience level is unbelievably higher than mine. So when our flight is delayed or canceled - that's a no for me because I get to anxious and emotional and hot headed. He is level headed and can talk through a situation to find a result.



2) I’m the scheduler - he’s the navigator

I love the research and planning what it takes to make a successful trip. I love reading blogs, reviews and informational websites so I can accurately pick and choose what will fit what we are looking for best. I like the hunt of finding the best deal and discovering when things will be at their cheapest to book. So in essence, I put the trip itinerary together and Tye makes sure we execute it.


Of all the places we have been, we have never really gotten lost. We have walked so far that we didn't know where we were, but after a quick glance at a map, Tye is easily able to identify where we are and which direction we need to head. Some of the apps that he has really found helpful were City Maps To Go. Where you download the map of a city on wifi so when you are out and about with no wifi you are able to use it pretty much like GPS.

Being on multiple trips together we have found our niche in situations. This allows each other to step up automatically and tackle whatever is thrown at us. You really become a team when you travel, because you only have each other to rely on.


Recommendation:

My one big recommendation is always travel with an open mind and with a laid back feel. Unexpected things will come up and instead of getting flustered with them, just take it in stride and everything will work out okay. Tye most of all, has taught me that.

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