5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Cancel Your Plane Ticket for a Relationship

Life can be unpredictable. You suddenly find out that you need a root canal or your favourite ice-cream flavoured got discontinued. Perhaps though, the most unpredictable of all things in life (even more so than a dentist visit) is love. So what do you do if you have planned to go traveling away for an extended period of time and then suddenly fall in love right before you are meant to depart? This can be tricky, but just as you unpredictably fell in love, relationships can unpredictably end as well. This is why I always say, “you do you boo.” But if that’s not inspirational enough for you, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t cancel your plane ticket for a relationship. 

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Cancel Your Plane Ticket for a Relationship

 

1. You Will Have Regrets

During University I did a study abroad in Salzburg, Austria. This was the highlight of my university career and my only regret is that I hadn’t done more study abroad semesters. While applying to study abroad I remember trying to convince my friend that she should do a study abroad too. She had never traveled before and I knew that if she did it she would have an amazing experience.

But, with her there was one problem. She had a boyfriend and didn’t want to go four months without him. So I went to Austria to study for some of the best four months of my life. I traveled all around Europe making friends and memories to last me a lifetime.

When I came back and my friend and her boyfriend had broken up. So not only did she miss out on a relationship but also an amazing opportunity.

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Cancel Your Plane Ticket for a Relationship

2. If You Love Something Let It Go

I’m not saying that they should let your relationship go – but they should let you go…traveling that is.

Think about your first heartbreak and how long it took you to fully get over that person – if ever. You may think that going away for months seems like an eternity, but if you really love each other then that feeling won’t fade quickly.  So do what you need to do for yourself – go have the adventure of your life – and when you return you will still have the same feelings for each other. In fact,  you may even appreciate each other even more. What’s that phrase again? Distance makes the heart grow…

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Cancel Your Plane Ticket for a Relationship
Okay, maybe don’t send him pictures like this one.

 

3. Your Partner Should Support You

If that person truly loves you then they will support you and be happy for your adventurous soul. I remember when I told my boyfriend that I was going to move to Europe for four months and the first words out of his mouth were, “that is awesome!”

His support made the fear of moving to another country a lot easier to deal with and gave me more confidence in our relationship. His support meant that he trusted me and truly valued my happiness and ambitions.

Just because your partner isn’t able to go shouldn’t mean that both of you can’t.

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Cancel Your Plane Ticket for a Relationship

4. Your Relationship Will Grow On A Different Level

Your communication with each other will greatly improve since that will really be all that you have. Use this as an opportunity to get to know one another on a deeper level. You can’t hang out with each other, instead you will have to share stories about your experiences. You can’t hold hands or kiss, so you will have to learn to show your love and affection for each other in different ways. Long distance doesn’t have to be seen as void in the relationship, it can be used to make it even stronger than it was before.

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Cancel Your Plane Ticket for a Relationship

5. It’s Your Life

It’s that simple. You are living your life – not anybody elses. Not your boyfriend’s, not your Mom’s, not your dog’s. People are important to you and you should put great value on them but at the end of the day you have to do what is best for you.  How do you expect to make anyone else happy if you do not learn how to make yourself happy first? 

The fact that you are even reading this article tells me that you probably really do want to get on that plane. The last thing that you want to do is resent anyone from holding you back from doing what makes you happy – and that includes yourself. 

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Cancel Your Plane Ticket for a Relationship

 

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6 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Cancel Your Plane Ticket for a Relationship

  1. This resonated with me so much! Thanks for writing it. I think it’s a big drawback for a lot of people. My boyfriend isn’t a huge fan of travel, whereas I want to get away as much as possible so that takes a bit of give-and-take in our relationship. But there’s always a way to make things work I think.

    1. Hi Kathrine! I think a lot of people can be very torn over this but you are right that it requires give and take. I think it is important to not have to give up your passions just because your partner doesn’t share them.
      Happy to hear that you are making it work!

  2. I think you’re absolutely right! No one should ever hold you back from traveling (unless you’re thinking of moving!). I’m lucky my boyfriend loves to travel and we love and support each other to trips on our own is great for our relationship as well. Thank you for this article <3

    1. Yes very true, moving is a completely different topic – and I can’t speak to that. Of course, there are also different things to consider for each different relationship. It’s nice to hear that you and your boyfriend have a mutual understanding and support for each others passion for travel!

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