He had me at “I backpacked solo through Asia for two months”.
I knew that Liebling and his itchy feet were a perfect match for me early on in our relationship. On our first date, we talked about life as expats, counting extended stints in Hong Kong, the USA, France, the Netherlands, and Mexico amongst us. By month four, we had travelled to Taiwan and Vietnam together. And by that summer, eight months into our love affair, we had gone sailing together in Croatia, visited Stonehenge and Stockholm, and eaten currywurst together in his hometown of Berlin.
Now, 5 years and over 30 countries travelled together later, I don’t stutter when I say that he is the best travel companion I have ever had. But let’s get real, travelling with a mate ain’t always rainbows and roses. Even the most solid of couples can have their foundation shaken by a domestic dispute on the road.
So, before you get into a screaming match on your way to the Grand Canyon, I offer my tips for ensuring your holiday with your boo is a peaceful one: