7 Reasons A Road Trip Is The Best Way To Bond With Your Partner

7 Reasons A Road Trip Is The Best Way To Bond With Your Partner

You need to know if you can survive an hours-long car ride or not.

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There's nothing more refreshing and exciting than a road trip. You have the open road in front of you, bags packed in the trunk, and an energy drink in the cup holder, locked and loaded. What could be better? The person you love, sitting in the seat next to you.

When thinking about taking a road trip with their partner, a lot of people become hesitant. It's a big step, and there's a long car ride they have to be confined together during. You'll probably read more articles damning taking a couples trip than praising it, but it's definitely one of the best ways to bond with your partner.

1. You get to experience a new place together.

Odds are, one of the main reasons you're even taking this trip to begin with is because it's somewhere new and exciting to at least one of you. Whether it's your first trip as a couple or your hundredth, it doesn't really matter because each new place is a new adventure for the two of you. You're able to immerse yourselves in the culture of this place, see the sights, and spend some intimate alone time together that you might not otherwise get the chance to have. After this trip is over, every time you think of where you vacationed, you'll think of the person you love. That's the best part.

2. You'll know how strong your love is after the car ride is over.

If there's anything that can put your love to the test, it's a car ride that's ten hours or more. Whether you're driving or riding in the passenger seat, it's a long time to be trapped around anyone. If you queue up a great playlist, stock the backseat with pounds of snacks, take turns driving as needed, and appreciate the sights you're driving past, you'll be just fine. Don't let the fact that you're trapped in a little vehicle for hours upon end cause you to become irritable with the one you love because once you reach your destination, it's officially time for your intimate vacation.

3. You get to make memories together that will last a lifetime.

You're going to be experiencing some of the best times of your life with the person you love most in the world. When you leave, you're going to go home with all of the memories you made from everything throughout your trip from the places to the people to the food. You'll forever be able to associate the person you love with memories from a place you'll leave loving too. You'll be able to laugh about spending way too much time in a car. You'll more than likely be able to make an entire photo album on Facebook from all of the pictures you'll take. You could have planned a road trip with anyone, but you chose to go with each other. That makes it all the more special.

4. You have someone to take Instagram pictures of you.

One of the worst parts about going somewhere by yourself or with your family is you have no one to take pictures of you for your Instagram. Your family usually barely knows how to work a camera, let alone find your angles, so it's just awkward unless you have a sibling. When you go on a trip with your significant other, however, it's like you have a personal photographer as needed. That's just part of the fine print in the contract they signed when they decided they loved you. Whether it's one picture or a hundred, it doesn't matter because they're contractually obligated to not get annoyed since they love you. Do it for the feed, honey, and feel no remorse.

5. You're able to get away from home for a while.

There's a lot that's back home that you both no doubt can use an escape from, whether that's family, school, or roommates. Some quality time together in a far away, new place can refresh you both, taking your mind of everything but each other. You don't have to worry about homework, your roommates always being home, or reporting everything you do to your parents. You're on a vacation together, so enjoy that quality time you have alone together because you probably won't get it back home for a while. Leave your worries at the door when you leave for your trip.

6. You get to know each other even better.

All that time in a car together will definitely be beneficial for educational purposes. You get to learn their gas station snack choices, their wide range of music choices, and the weird way they position themselves so they can sleep in a car. You will have hours upon hours to engage in conversation and learn aspects of their life you might not have known before. You'll be exposed to all of their bad habits while you're confined in that small space, whatever they may be. When you get back from your road trip, you'll know and love so much more about them that you'll already be looking at an Airbnb for next time.

7. You have someone to do all of the goofy tourist things with.

We all talk smack on tourists and their silly cargo shorts and visors, but let's be honest: we all kind of want to do the stuff they do, too. You finally will have someone who can go on the haunted tours, take pictures of you in front of murals, and see the "World's Largest Whatever" with. You don't have to worry about looking dumb with your fanny pack and water bottle, because you have someone else right beside you doing the same thing. You have nothing to be embarrassed about when you're being silly with the person you love.

No matter where you go, the only thing that really matters is who you're with: the person you love. You're embarking on a journey together, both physically and romantically. You're able to learn every inch of each other and experience a new place together. When you come home, you'll have an even greater appreciation for each other and tons of memories to look back on.

Don't buy into the articles that say your relationship will fall apart if you take a trip together because they're bullshit. If your love is real, driving to Florida or wherever won't be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Instead of worrying about your relationship survival rate, focus on your relationship itself. Learn more about your partner and spend your vacation happily by their side. The long car ride will pale in comparison to all the great memories you'll make together.

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PSA: Don't Text And Date, Do It Like Our Grandparents

Waiting for a text from a boy is like waiting for water to boil. Sometimes I think if I take a lap around my kitchen then the text will magically light up my phone.

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Texting in our relationships has become so prevalent that it has snuck its way into TV. shows and movies, as well as songs. This makes sense because it is such a large part of our lives. Texting boys can be great in some cases, especially in long distance relationships.

And don't get me wrong, it certainly can be exciting!

But I've realized is that it has the potential to be incredibly inefficient and waste a whole lot of everyone's time. The time that is wasted is a combination of the time spent texting in a conversation that leads absolutely nowhere, along with the time you spend thinking about when that next text is going to roll in. Not to mention all the time you spend screenshotting these texts and sending them to your friends and asking advice on how to craft a perfect reply and agonizing over the right wording, re-typing over and over again, having everyone from your best friend to your Mom weigh in on the perfect syntax.

For a generation that is obsessed with getting everything as fast as possible, why are we contacting each other so inefficiently? We think we will just send a quick text, but more often than not, it turns into a whole production.

Snapchat can be even worse. Taking time out of your day to take a well-lit selfie and send it to a boy just so he can send you a snap of his actual chin is just ridiculous.

We are talking to people constantly about absolutely nothing. And quite frankly, we all deserve more. Technology is great, but just because it is advanced doesn't mean it's advancing our communication skills. Boys, I think it might be time to pick up the phone again. Imagine if instead of spending countless hours in a Snapchat conversation grasping at straws to make a plan with the girl you like, you actually just picked up the phone. The call would take maybe two minutes to set up a plan instead of whittling away a whole day. It seems like just because we have the option to text or message someone, we forget that we have the alternative of a trusty phone call.

If our grandparents had dated the way that we did, would they have ever worked out? Would our parents ever have been born? Would we even exist?

As I am re-watching "Sex and The City," "Gilmore Girls" and "Friends" yet again, I am overcome with nostalgia about what dating was like during these times. I'd love to come home to a message on my machine.

Maybe you're reading this and you think I'm lame and old fashioned and you're absolutely right, but I think I have a point. In order to have better success in our romantic relationships, we need to work on actually saying something. Why are we claiming we are "talking" to someone when we have never talked to them in person? How did we end up in this reality of sulking when we have been left on read, or obsessively checking to see if someone has viewed our Snapchat story?

We've been given all these ways of pseudo-communicating and endless time to do it and absolutely no rule book of what is acceptable. When you really think about it, it's a recipe for disaster that could be destroying our relationships before they even start. We need an Emily Post of technology to teach us how to behave. We need to stop abusing the convenience of technology and start challenging ourselves to communicate better.

I challenge you if you're a single lady that the next time a boy asks for your Snapchat, tell them you'd prefer it if they called you to make plans.

Guys, just call a girl! It might really impress her! Everyone who tries this has full permission to call me and yell at me if the person who calls you/you call says you're a huge freak. But do me a favor and start leaving your ringer on when you're not in class. Let's talk.

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13 Reasons To Date An Aries Girl ASAP

Once she's in, she is in with her entire heart.

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It's my absolute favorite season: Aries season! As an Aries, I tend to flourish as my best self once Aries season rolls around. I'm here to lead the way into the new astrological year, and as a single Aries, I'm here to convince single guys why they should date an Aries girl like me ASAP.

1. She's adventurous

She's not content with humdrum dates, she needs action or she'll leave you out of boredom. She'll be down for something to get her adrenaline pumping and will keep you on your toes.

2. She's driven

She's a girl with goals. She's independent and doesn't need anyone holding her back from what she wants. Support her or get out of her way.

3. She's all in whole-heartedly

When she falls, she falls all at once with her entire being. This is a girl who is willing to put her heart on the line for love once she knows it's real. You'll never have to worry about her heart being anywhere else but with you.

4. She's very direct with her likes and dislikes

She isn't a sugar coater since she hates liars, so she'll be honest about everything. Whether you like it or not, you'll always get the truth from an Aries girl.

5. She's super passionate

Whatever it may be, an Aries will be passionate for what she loves. I am passionate about writing, and I never let anything get in the way of it. In a relationship, an Aries girl will bring the heat that comes with her passion for you.

6. She's not a clinger

She hates clingers SO MUCH. Over the top PDA or romantic things generally make an Aries cringe (maybe not all of us, but I know that's how it is for me). She loves getting attention, but being clingy is a major turnoff, and she isn't one herself. She's not going to beg to see you 24/7, she likes to lead her own life.

7. She's a great listener

She loves to talk, but something she's just as great at is listening. She'll ask you so many questions to get to know you and really listen to what you have to say when you answer them.

8. She's big on friends and family, they come first

She's a big proponent of valuing her friends and family above all else. She will likely go to them for advice about everything. Meeting them is more important to an Aries than many people realize. If you're big on family, she's the girl for you.

9. She's open to anything in the bedroom

Got a fantasy? She's game to indulge. She's adventurous and that extends to bedroom activities as well. The same old routine bores her, so don't be afraid to experiment and try new things.

10. She only uses the past as a means to learn

She's probably got a rough past she doesn't necessarily want to talk about. The past is the past and she tries to use this as a lesson. It takes a lot for her to open up about it. She tries to be optimistic and keep herself in the present, and this optimism may rub off on you eventually.

11. Her cuddle game is epic

You'll never want to leave bed once your Aries girl gets her hands on you. You'll be too comfortable to leave.

12. She loves fashion and wears trends well

She loves wearing what's in fashion and looking her very best. Her outfits may put yours to shame. She's the kind of woman you want on your arm while you're out on the town.

13. She'll be the woman you'll never forget

You may break up or drift apart, but she's the girl that will leave a permanent mark on your heart. She's unforgettable.

Get your Aries while you can, because if you don't scoop her up, someone else will.

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