You know, if you haven’t travelled with your partner, you probably don’t know them as well as you think you do.
Simon and I weren’t together for very long before deciding to embark on a tour of ze world so there was a lot we’d discover in the coming months. Then we decided to start a business together and things ramped up even more!
And here we are a year later, in love and still on the road! Sounds a bit like a country and western tune that barely made it to the charts. But we have made it! And it’s been amazing!
Despite some early well-hidden skeletons including an excessive fondness for peanut butter and a video game called Civilisation, mixed opinions towards coriander, an endless debate whether chocolate should be kept in the fridge, a tonne of Ya Mum jokes and a few quarrels about who left the hair curler on, we’re good!
We’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world, live in some amazing places and have the most incredible adventures – so here’s how we manage to spend 24/7 together and still wake up with a smile on our dials every.damn.day.
This is a really big factor for us. We’re on the same page when it comes to good health, clean eating and keeping fit so there’s never been an issue.
We exercise separately
Exercising first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day on a good note. We use it as a way to energise ourselves, kick start our metabolisms and de-clutter our thoughts. At the moment, Simon is running and I’m obsessed with skipping. This way we can go at our own pace too. Our exercise methods vary depending on the places we go but we make sure to factor it into our schedule wherever we are.
We stick to a routine
Because it keeps us grounded and helps in adjusting to a new city or country. Our morning routine starts our day on a high and keeps us motivated, especially if there’s a lot to be done! Having said that, if we want to explore a part of the city that we’re in, we’ll split the day up by working in the morning, sightseeing in the arvo and back to work in the evening.
We play to our strengths
Simon hates travel planning and I don’t like budgeting. He loves the washing up and I’m fine with vacuuming. There’s no point of forcing each other to do things we hate. We identify who is better at which must-do’s and just do them.
If there is something one of us really detests and the other isn’t that bothered by it, they’ll take it on. Get it? Because no one actually loves to wash up.
We don’t sweat the small stuff
If we chose to make a big deal out of the small things that annoy us about each other, we’d get nowhere. Sometimes for weeks at a time, we’re on our own so we’re each other’s only friend. What’s the point of ignoring one another or having a blow out over who actually left the curler on? It really could have been either one of us.
Travelling together teaches you patience, and when big things DO go wrong (i.e: missing flights, getting lost in the Costa Rican jungle, someone finishing the peanut butter) you work together better and faster to get to a resolution.
We have clearly defined business roles
Going into business together can often be the make or break in a relationship. When we first started our business we defined our business roles and responsibilities. Simon is the face of the business and manages business development and I own marketing and design.
To avoid clashing, he has final say over any BD decisions and I for any marketing ones. Obviously, we help one another out when needed and bounce a lot of ideas around. We talk about the business a lot.
We’ve also recently joined mastermind groups with other professionals around the world. Doing this gives us the perspective of others who aren’t living and breathing our business. I highly recommend getting a mentor/buddy from another industry. They are like a fresh pair of eyes and bring a fresh element to the table, likewise, you do the same for their business.
We have alone time
Because sometimes you just need a moment alone. We’ll take a walk, put on a poddy, hang out in different rooms etc. Every now and then we’ll spend the day apart – working from different cafes then meet up again for dinner or lunch. It’s amazing how much you have to talk about after being separated for 8 hours! Simon recently went to Paris for the day to sort out a VISA and when he came back we were like a couple of chatty Cathy’s over a shandy and a Marlboro light.
We have our own passions
Although we work together, it’s important to have our own side projects going on. It’s those things that we get super excited about when we celebrate a win. It’s a chance to support one another without being in their pocket about it.
A LOT! In fact, we’ve recently doubled our hug quota for the day.
Hugging is proven to release oxytocin aka the love drug, in your body, calming your nervous system and inducing positive emotions. Even though we spend a tonne of time together, there’s a difference between being connected and spending quality time with each other.
So if you haven’t yet been on a trip with your loved one, what are you waiting for?! Book it!