Whether you’re in an exclusive relationship, recently fell head over heels for someone at first sight, or have a long-distance lover thousands of miles away, traveling while in love is often painful, so here’s some advice on how to get through it.
1. Remember why you’re traveling.
Before leaving the person you love, it’s important to understand your reason for doing so. Ask yourself “Why am I traveling?”. It will help sustain and motivate you during tough times. At the beginning of my last 4.5-month stint in Southeast Asia, I felt incredibly lonely. I rented an $11/night bungalow on Bali and seemed to have it all: new friends, wild adventures, and a few trysts. But I still longed for the person I left behind in the US. I missed how being with her made the world feel like all was right. I missed her smell, the way she laughed, and a dozen other little quirks that were specific to her. Being able to answer the question of, “Why am I traveling?” kept me going, and forced me to live in, and enjoy, the present moment instead of focusing on what was lacking.