There’s a saying that couples who travel together, stay together. It’s a sentiment we wholeheartedly agree with. After all, if you can’t make it through last-minute flight cancellations, a mysterious stomach thing, or a sweaty bus ride that challenges preconceived notions of personal space without bickering and calling it off, then maybe it’s not meant to be.
That said, there will be the proverbial bump in the road no matter who you are. To help mitigate those twists and turns as much as possible, we checked in with some of the happiest couples we know – from our favourite blogging duos to our own loved-up colleagues at trivago – to share their hotel habits and travel tips for couples.
Travel tips from the blogger couples…
Mike & Anne — USA
When we set out on our around-the-world honeymoon in 2012, we decided to pack our full-size pillows. This is undoubtedly a space splurge, but when something can ensure a good night’s sleep, it’s worth every square inch. Even when a five-star resort offers sumptuous goose down, we’ll store them in the closet. Our pillows make any hotel feel like home.
Favourite Hotel: Pacuare Lodge — Turrialba, Costa Rica
Angela & Tino — Netherlands[caption id="attachment_53821" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Angela & Tino: Dutch Nomad Couple[/caption]
We love to transform new places into our home during full-time travelling. When we arrive at a hotel, we store our belongings neatly, we place flowers on the table, and we order a delicious coffee. The scent of flowers and coffee gives us a feeling of being at home.
Favourite Hotel: Nomade Tulum — Tulum, Mexico
Stefan & Sebastien — UK[caption id="attachment_53822" align="aligncenter" width="899"] Stefan & Sebastien: Nomadic Boys[/caption]
Our hotel habit is to first start with the awkward “please can we have the double bed we ordered” at the reception. Once out of the way and we’ve entered our room, we always leave the bags by the door and take loads of photos, then dive right in, carefully dodging the romantic swan-shaped towel display on the bed. Then it’s straight to the pool!
Favourite Hotel: Mandala Spa & Villas Boracay — Balabag, Philippines
Yeison & Samantha — Costa Rica & USA[caption id="attachment_53832" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Yeison & Samantha: My Tan Feet[/caption]
One of our favorite things to do in a hotel when traveling is to chat with the front desk receptionist. Since most of the time the receptionist is a local, we like to get to know their favorite places in the area and what it’s like to live there. We always get great recommendations for food that way.
Favourite Hotel: SO Sofitel Bangkok — Bangkok, Thailand
Rubén & Lucía — Spain[caption id="attachment_53819" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Rubén & Lucía: Algo Que Recordar[/caption]
Since we usually go on very long journeys lasting more than seven months, the first thing we do when we arrive in our hotel room is try to make it feel as if we are not just stopping by. We like to make it a little bit our home. We put all our clothes in the drawers, keep our suitcase in the closet, prepare a coffee, plug the portable speaker to our smartphones, and listen to some of our favorite music.
Favourite Hotel: Casona de Santo Domingo — Güímar, Spain
Sara & Jaac — Italy & Spain[caption id="attachment_53825" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Sara & Jaac: Salta Conmigo[/caption]
We spend our lives hung up on the phone, on the camera, and on gadgets that need power, so the first thing that we do as soon as we enter our hotel room is a quick check of every wall to spot the plugs. The next thing we do is play with every switch to try to find out the combination to turn on and off all the lights in the room. They make it harder every time with reading lamps and LED lights. When it is time to go to bed, we don’t want to lose time trying to figure it out!
Favourite Hotel: Hacienda De Abajo — Tazacorte, Spain
Victoria & Terrence — USA[caption id="attachment_53817" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Victoria & Terrence: Follow Me Away[/caption]
Since we have usually traveled quite a long way to get to the hotel, our first move is to unwind in the hotel spa. We don’t typically do treatments, such as a massage, but instead prefer to relax in the thermal circuit which includes a series of showers, hot and cold pools, and saunas. Plus, we love the fluffy bathrobe and slippers!
Favourite Hotel: Aghadoe Heights — Killarney, Ireland
Verónica & Jana — Spain & Germany[caption id="attachment_53823" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Verónica & Jana: Oh!Mamiblue[/caption]
We run to the bathroom to check if there is a bathtub. If so, we fill it immediately and enjoy a warm bath together. We don’t have one at home so anytime we go to a hotel we ask for a room with a bathtub. We also love a good breakfast; a colorful and abundant buffet helps us get the energy we need to start the day off.
Favourite Hotel: Only YOU Hotel Atocha — Madrid, Spain
Alli & Bobby — USA[caption id="attachment_53826" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Alli & Bobby: Traveling Newlyweds[/caption]
We’re big fans of getting comfy as soon as we check into a hotel room. That means rocking the robes and the slippers, grabbing a magazine and even popping some champagne. There’s something so incredibly relaxing about staying at a nice hotel, and you better believe we take full advantage of all the perks and amenities.
Favourite Hotel: Tintswalo Atlantic — Hout Bay, South Africa
Hernán & Lucía — Argentina & Spain[caption id="attachment_53830" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Hernán & Lucía: You Don’t Love Me Yet[/caption]
When we get to a hotel, the first thing we do is carefully check every little detail of the room and try to spot the cutest places to film some cool Instagram stories. Then, I organize all my clothes in the closet while Hernán just spreads his mess all over the room. We also always check if there is a Smart TV in the room so we can watch our favorite Netflix shows when we are back from spending the whole day exploring the city.
Favourite Hotel: Aire de Bardenas — Tudela, Spain
Travel tips from the trivago couples…
Katherine & Jan — UK & Germany[caption id="attachment_21216" align="alignnone" width="600"] Content Marketing’s Katherine, also founder of Lynda Sparshatt[/caption]
Jan is obsessed with tall buildings and anywhere with a good view. Wherever we travel we always book somewhere with a rooftop bar, pool, or terrace so we can enjoy looking out across the city, whether it’s New York or just York.
Favourite Hotel: citizenM Tower Of London — London, United Kingdom
Emma & Gytis — USA & Lithuania
When traveling to a country where we don’t speak the language, we always curl up in bed late one night, order a decadent dessert from room service and then try to guess what the television commercials are about. I’ll never forget the image of Gytis with cannoli cream in his beard trying to speak like an Italian car salesman.
Favourite Hotel: Thompson Nashville — Nashville, Tennessee
Annette & Robin — Norway & France
Robin and I avoid the big chain hotels and opt for small boutique hotels. We do a lot of research together beforehand to build the excitement for the trip. We find that boutique hotels with individually designed rooms pay more attention to details, which makes the room feel more personal and special, just for us.
Favourite Hotel: Grand Hôtel Henri — L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
Feature image courtesy of Toa Heftiba, Unsplash