The traveler’s rite of passage: a trip with your sweetheart. This is the relationship crash course, the testing ground of compatibility. With relentless together time we start to answer those necessary questions. Can we trust each other in unknown situations? Does more time make us better or worse? When we are too tired for our best selves, who are we really, together? And of course, how much do we fight?
Here’s the good news, traveling couples: It’s not what you fight about or even how you fight. What predicts relational success is the meaning we create about our fights and all the moments in between. All of the obvious arguments will happen while you travel. So pay attention instead to how you treat each other during all that together time and the corrosive, insidious effects that these have on relationships. Here are seven ways to cause a breakup when traveling and how to avoid the pitfalls.