How to travel as a couple with 3 tips on what to do when you get lost in a foreign city & how to have fun along the way.
Getting lost is common.
Maybe it’s not common for you, but it’s very common for me.
My husband works about 30 minutes away from our Tennessee home in Northeast Georgia & now that Georgia enacted the Hands-Free Phone Law I will forever be lost driving around this small city.
But being lost in a small southern town is totally different than being lost in a big city like LA, NYC, Paris, or Rome.
And getting lost is not fun… Until now!
Today I’m sharing 3 tips to help you not get lost, what to do when you do get lost, & how to have fun & make great memories along the way.
1. Avoid Getting Lost
This first tip isn’t really about what to do when you get lost, but how to prevent yourself from getting lost in the first place.
Before you begin your day take a moment to look over your itinerary for the day & compare it to the map on your phone, the metro map, or any other map you may be using that day.
Knowing the specific path you plan to take before you start walking, driving, biking, etc. is a great way to get yourself oriented & make sure both you & your spouse are in agreeance of where you are going.
A smart phone or iPhone with international data turned on can be very helpful as well, (maps showing you right where you are and what great resturants are nearby is a must when we travel abroad.
2. Don’t Panic
Even with the most careful of planning you can still get lost.
And if you love wandering down little streets in foreign cities while purposefully getting lost in the culture & atmosphere I totally understand. It’s so much fun!!
But once you are ready to make your way to your next destination being lost & disoriented can be confusing, frustrating, & wreak havoc on a perfectly wonderful day.
So whatever you do, don’t panic, don’t start arguing or yelling, raising your voice, pointing fingers, huffing & puffing, or anything else that could put a damper on your fun vacation.
Instead, say a prayer (together or in your head), take a deep breath, & figure it out together as a team (Genesis 2:24).
3. Take a Break & Treat Yourself
I know what your thinking, that’s great Giusti, but how exactly are we suppose to figure out where we are as a team in a busy & loud city street?
Well, let me tell you that THIS is my favorite part about being lost.
I may or may not even hope to get lost a few times a day just so that we can take part in this delicious part of being lost.
My favorite tip to find yourself when you are lost is to open up your maps (or just look up & around at your surroundings) & find the closest coffee shop, bakery, or gelato parlor & calmly (if not excitedly) walk in there & order yourselves a special treat to share.
Once you are both calmly sitting down with something yummy to eat or drink you can easily figure out where you are & where you want to go in a calm & relaxing atmosphere.
Isn’t it so much more fun to enjoy a local beverage & pastry, while peering at a map, & giving your tired feet a rest instead of wandering around like angry, lost, & exhausted tourists?
So it takes you an extra 10 minutes to get to where you are going. Who cares?
You are on an adventure!
No need to worry or fuss, have fun, eat well, & enjoy the company of the one you love making the memories of a lifetime with on the vacation of a lifetime!
How to Travel as a Couple Part 3
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What is your favorite travel tip/hack for traveling as a couple?
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With love, Giustina
not reluctantly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV