Post # 17
SO and I are kind of loners. We like to be alone…together if that makes sense! I don’t think we’d go on a couples trip because SO and I get along very well while traveling as we have the same style of traveling (see as much as possible). I think this would clash with a lot of people who just want to relax on vacation, and it could be a cause for tension. I also would want to be able to spend ample time with just my SO, and I would feel bad for not wanting to hang out with the other couple very much.
Post # 18
Well, it depends on the couple. A couple months ago we went on a trip with husband’s BFF from childhood and his wife. It was ok. I like doing what I want when I want, so having to schedule stuff with them definitely pissed me off. I much prefer trips we take on our own. Hopefully we’ll only have to see them once every few years, though.
Post # 19
I would enjoy a couples trip to somewhere not too far away (like a getaway weekend), but I wouldn’t like taking a big trip (like overseas) with another couple. My Fiance and I kind of like doing stuff on our own and I would rather have the freedom of making our own decisions on a big expensive trip.
Post # 20
@Overjoyed: As long as I liked the other couple, I think this would be very fun! I agree that separate rooms would be a must – though if it was a two bedroom suite, I don’t think I would have a problem with that if it was saving us a good amount of money.
We haven’t traveled to a different country with another couple, but we have done weekend trips with friends (and we share a room in that case) and it is fun! Though I did have a battle with one of our friends over whether we sleep with the tv on (his preference) or tv off (mine – i need silence!!). Needless to say, that ended up with me stealing the remote and sleeping with it under my pillow all night! LOL.
Post # 21
i’ve been on many trips with other couples; from just weekend trips to 2 week trips. i wouldn’t want to go with another couple that i don’t care for though.
Post # 22
@Overjoyed: I most definitely would go on a couples trip! I like to socialize with other couples, and think it would be fun to go away with friends that are also in relationships. On our honeymoon in Dominican Republic, Darling Husband and I met 3-4 other couples that we hung out with a good chunk of the time there – hung out by the pool, went on excursions, had dinner with them and partied into the night with them.
Separate rooms, I think thats a pretty obvious given, and also alone time as a couple is fine too.
My best friend and I go camping with our significant others at least once a year, and even if we do separate things during the day, its nice to chill by the campfire with a few drinks together before bed!
Post # 23
H and I travel with friends all the time and love it! But we do have a few conditions:
1. Budget. Everyone needs to agree to a budget before we book anything. It’s not fun to go on a trip and one party wants to do one activity but the other party cannot afford to do it. And it’s a lot easier during planning – you won’t have one couple insisting on a more expensive hotel or someone trying to cheap out.
2. It’s understood that everyone needs their alone time and that we won’t doing EVERYTHING SINGLE THING together.
3. Own room preferred. Depending on the couple and situation, we don’t necessarily mind sharing a hotel room. But there are definite times when we want our own place. For insatnce, H and I do a lot of back country camping. So the night before a trip, we don’t mind sharing a room. It actually helps ensure everyone is up, packed, and ready to go. But when we come out of the woods, it’s reeeaaallllyyyy nice to have our own space.
4. Similar expectations. Are we planning to chill on a beach? Do lots of sight seeing? Spend hours hiking? It’s pointless to go on a trip with another couple if you want to do a bunch of sight seeing and they just want to sit on a beach. Or if I invite you on a camping trip, I expect that person to actually enjoy camping and hiking trip and not complain or suggest tons of other acitivites.
Post # 24
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@Overjoyed: Yup! We’re going with our best friends (who got married a month before us, funny enough) to Italy for 2 weeks this May! I’m super excited. We’ve never traveled with them before but we hang out all the time, should be fun.
ETA: We’re traveling to 3 cities with them, and in 2 of the 3 cities we’re renting 2 bed/2bath apartments to save money. We’re all on the same page budget-wise, and I don’t think anyone expects to hang out together 24/7, so I think that eliminates a lot of potential drama. All 4 of us have traveled a decent amount so I really think it should be a pretty laid-back trip.
Post # 25
We do this all the time since we like hanging out with our friends. Last trip we went with a couple to Germany and booked a holiday park cottage. Shared space, own rooms.
They usually bought lunch, we bought dinner and it all evened out.
I think the most important thing is going with people you LIKE otherwise it’s a really, really long trip. 😉
Post # 26
We go to St. Johns every year with my parents, us, my brother and his girlfriend, and a guy we’ve known since we were born and his wife. Sort of a family trip, sort of a couples trip… it’s for valentines day.
We get a villa with lots of privacy, it is the best trip EVER. Everyone has the same relaxed travel style though, I think if someone there was always wanting to constantly be ‘doing something’ it would ruin the vibe of the trip which is basically sun, food, and drink.
We leave in two weeks, let the countdown begin!
Post # 27
@CaroBee: this sounds absolutely awesome. I would sign up for something like this!
Post # 28
@CaroBee: I am headed to St Thomas in 8 days 🙂 That’s where my SO lives.
We are headed to Maui for a business seminar for a week with his parents in March. So it’s 1/4 business stuff for him (and his mum) and 3/4 to ourselves. We haven’t really planned a bunch of stuff to do with his parents, just probably breakfast and dinner together and maybe a couple of touristy things together but I think half of the time it will be just the two of us. Best of both worlds!
Post # 29
@Overjoyed: i havent gone overseas, but yes i have gone on vscation with another couple. I thought it was a lot of fun. However, it depends on the couple. There are certain couples that we can hang out with in a group, but one on one…nope lol
Post # 30
Absolutely! I would love to go with my two best friends and their SOs. We have a ton of a fun together and I Mr. KatiePi and I would have a lot of fun exploring new places with them. The condition would be that we had our own room whereever we stayed. Still needing the alone time.
Post # 31
Yes, but probably only short trips. We’ve done a few days on a canal boat before, and a weekend walking in the Peak District and both were fun. It’s a lot of extra energy to organise with a group though and we do rather enjoy our alone time, especially now as he’s working away during the week. Weekends are very precious right now!