My husband and I both like our overseas adventures but as with many things in married life, we don’t always agree on which form these adventures should take. I’m more of a jungle or city girl, enjoying either the amazing wildlife that exists in the rainforests or alternatively the bright city lights and the eating, shopping, and socializing which often accompanies such destinations.

Tammy going native during an overnight jungle tripMy husband on the other hand prefers mountain ranges or the open seas, mainly because he doesn’t like hot weather or having to talk to other people (he still calls people he doesn’t know ‘strangers’).

ebc9So for our next holiday destination we have decided to compromise and head to Japan where we plan to enjoy a bit of time in Tokyo eating incredible food and soaking up the nightlife, before heading out of the city to spend some solitary time in the mountains, or volcanoes, at least. We might even manage a Niseko ski holiday while we are there, partly to get us used to the weather we will be faced with upon our return to Europe (brrrrrr), and partly because Chris needs the practice having previously broken his leg doing arctic warfare training in the marines. He also still needs to convince me that British people can in fact ski, because so far I have only heard of one (in)famous British skier – a ski jumper who also happened to live in Bedford, Chris’ home town. His name is Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards. In 1988 he became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. Finishing last in the 70m and 90m events, he became famous as a classic example of a heroic failure (which Brits love), and also of Great Britain’s inability to compete in winter sports. So Chris has a lot of convincing to do. 🙂

So thanks to such geographic compromises, Chris and I have so far managed to travel to all four corners of the globe together without having any serious arguments…yet. There have been a few minor disagreements of course, usually involving him saying ‘just one more pint and then we’ll go’ or me saying ‘but why do you get to have the extra pillow’ (tip ladies, always make sure you’re the first one into the hotel room and head straight for the wardrobe to secure that precious spare pillow!) – but all in all by choosing countries which have a bit of everything we always find a way to keep each other happy. Even if it does involve me having to freeze in the mountains occasionally or Chris having to talk to ‘strangers’. tammy recovering from ams and hypothermiaSo that’s our tip for happy travelling as a couple. Do you have any that we can learn from, or alternatively any tips about where to go and what to do when we get to Tokyo?

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

2 Thoughts on “Matrimonial compromise - the key to happy travelling for couples

  1. I have learned that it helps to keep an open mind to your partner’s ideas and suggestions. That might sound very cliche but it works! Traveling alone you never have to compromise, but traveling with a partner all of a sudden, there is this whole new world of possibilities that you didn’t even know you would enjoy so much! Oh, and make sure both of you have a set of ear plugs, I don’t recommend fighting over ear plugs!
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