Traveling as a Couple Without Wanting to Kill Each Other!
Tips for smooth sailing while on the road this summer with your sweetie.
Maybe it’s just summer or the fact that more people are taking vacations right now, but I’m receiving lots of disgruntled texts my girls who are on holiday with their current Mr. Right. And yes, many are married. “He’s a bully! We only do what he wants!” … or my favorite text: “We flew 8,000 miles so he could watch sports and drink beer. We could have saved the money because that’s what he does at home!”
I feel for you sister. With gays it’s different. We go on cruises or to Palm Springs. If there’s Neiman Marcus or a fabulous designer outlet mall connected to a martini bar you’ll get no complaints from us.
In search of miraculous advice, I contacted a beautiful couple who blog about their travels to far away lands, exotic venues or — in relationship terms: “A lot of we-time, very little me-time!”
How can couples in love travel well without wanting to kill each other? Well my pretties! Meet Asaf and Ansley Braverman (pictured above!). Their blog “Road Less Traveled” (http://rltblog.com) is a true gem! Full of info on all things travel. Thinking about planning a fabulous trip? Need ideas about where to go and what to see while you’re there? Check out their blog! They want to know the places you want to see! They actually answer their own e mail and social media!
I met them for an espresso and cut right to the chase! “How do you two travel so well together?”
They looked at each other and smiled. “Harvey, we love each other and know that the best relationships take work and effort. We’ve discovered three rules to keep the road more traveled a happy place.”
Asaf and Ansley: Combarro, Spain
Here are Asaf and Ansley’s three rules:
1. “We think of ourselves as explorers rather than tourists. We find what is unique in each place by straying off the beaten path. That’s why we call our blog ‘Road Less Traveled.’ When you’re committed to a full and demanding travel itinerary, you have less time to quarrel.”
Asaf and Ansley: Cappadocia, Turkey
2. “If we are worn out or homesick, no matter where we are in the world, we find a 5-star hotel and order a pancake breakfast. Home is the best cure for homesickness, and second best is delighting in your favorite breakfast.”
Asaf and Ansley: Downtown Los Angeles
3. “Our key to budget travel is not shopping cheaply but shopping wisely. We buy exotic trinkets two at a time: one to keep and one to sell back at home. Do this, and your friends soon learn where to inquire for last moment birthday gifts. And besides, you become a great negotiator by haggling in bazaars across the world!”
I love it! Exploring, pancaking and shopping! It’s so simple yet so brilliant! We can do this girls! Before our next trips let’s check in with Asaf and Ansley!
Finally though I did ask my friends Kaydee and Andy Castricone how they handle traveling with four children. These two will throw their kids in that mini van for an eight-hour drive to Disneyland six times a year! I said, “The crying, screaming, pooping, yelling, and fighting. How do you do it?”
These two looked at me, and said in unison, “You just go with it.”
God Bless them!
So there you go darlings!
Harvey Helms is a beauty culturist and writer, drawing on 30 years of experience in cosmetics, fashion and design. Harvey has held positions ranging from Global Director of Beauty for Revlon Cosmetics to Executive Director of Special Events for Donna Karan Beauty. Harvey currently lives and works in Silicon Valley, where he just finished writing his first book in a trilogy of three: an engaging tell-all on the fashion industry. Follow Harvey on Twitter.com/HarveyHelms .