Do you agree with this quote by Mark Twain? Because I do! The way I see it, travel can make or break bonds. It does not only give you the chance to share new experiences with another person, but it also gives you the opportunity to put that relationship to a test. In fact, it’s a really good way to test all kinds of relationships — with a family member, a friend, a new acquaintance, or a significant other!
Why? What makes travel a great relationship test? For starters, travel puts us out of our comfort zone, so we tend to get vulnerable. Pretenses will slowly disappear over time, and when things start to go wrong (which is usually the case when traveling) there is a high chance that your core personalities would show — the same goes for the person you’re traveling with, and it is in those moments that you can see if the two of you are still compatible or can still work together as a team.
What’s more is that since you’re with your companion for 24 hours a day, you will even get to see their trivial and profound habits or quirks. Once those truly become transparent, you can then decide if they are things that you can still deal with in the future.
To better illustrate how travel can make or break relationships, I give you the following stories below!
RELATIONSHIP TEST RESULT: “MAKE”
» A partner-in-crime in Asia to Europe, and beyond! By: Me (Aileen), ‘I am Aileen’
» A friendship strengthened after a 6-week trip By: Rachael, WanderCrush
» An indestructible couple on a worldwide adventure By: Tangerine, A Travelogue by Brock & Tanj
» A couchsurfing stranger turned newfound friend By: Audrey, Audreynaline Rush
» A trial trip that launched a year-long honeymoon By: Mark, 365 Travel Dates
RELATIONSHIP TEST RESULT: “BREAK”
» A group trip ushering the desire to be more selective By: Alouise, Take Me to the World
» A stay gone bad By: Sarah, Five Foot Traveler
» A friend gone haywire By: Alyssa, My Life’s a Movie
» A misjudgement in Barcelona By: Annemarie, Travel on the Brain
Make or break. Travel can truly do a lot of things as it brings forth tons of realizations and lessons to every individual. Of course there are various situations and ways out there that can help test a relationship or the compatibility between two people, but I believe that traveling is one of those top options!
So if you ever feel the need to put a relationship to the next level, try traveling with that person. Even if the result ends up as being a bad one, I bet that you would still find it as a worthy experience because it’s better to discover some things now rather than later, right?
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Hey there! I am Aileen Adalid.
At 21, I quit my corporate job in the Philippines to pursue my dreams. Today, I am a successful digital nomad (entrepreneur, travel writer, & vlogger) living a sustainable travel lifestyle.
My mission? To show you how it is absolutely possible to create a life of travel too (no matter the odds), and I will help you achieve that through my detailed travel guides, adventures, resources, tips, and MORE!
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