I briefly hinted at this when sharing our picks for good luggage options recently, but in a few days Bob and I are headed on another trip! (P.S. I ended up purchasing this super affordable carry on.) Traveling is one of our favorite things to do together, because it’s so exciting to see cool sights, try amazing food, and just get out there and explore.
Bill Murray is quoted as giving this relationship advice:
Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.
I think there is some sage advice to be found within that quote. Cheesiness alert: The first full-fledged trip (you know, involving air travel and all that jazz) I took with Bobby confirmed that I wanted to marry him. We had already made it clear that we loved each other months prior to us ever even planning that trip, but once we embarked on our first adventure together, I knew he’d become my favorite traveling companion. That special trip is fondly ingrained in my mind, and now I look forward to traveling to our special island retreat every year.
Traveling allows you to bond with someone like nothing else. When you’re stuck in a car or a plane with someone, you must be comfortable with them completely. Their chatter, their laughs, their snoring, their silence, and even the more unpleasant things like their smelly feet or smelly gas. Why do you think shows like The Bachelor are geared around traveling, and competitors quickly get sick of each other? Why is The Amazing Race an incredibly challenging competition that frequently makes or breaks friendships or relationships? It’s because traveling with the same person day-in and day-out, eating with them, sharing the same bed while they hog the covers, and letting them pick at your fries when they should have just ordered their own gets annoying after a while.
Or it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t, consider yourself incredibly lucky. I consider myself so lucky that despite my anxiety, timidness, and general aversion to things that are daring, Bobby has ignited a love of travel and adventure within me. I wish for everyone to have that same kind of settledness even when in faraway lands. I wish for you the type of love that is spontaneous and reciprocal and forgiving and patient. And if that wish comes true…
…Apparently you might just get married in an airport. 😉