You've chosen a spot, you've taken the plane, train, or automobile, and now you're there. What's next? Once you're at your destination, you have to deal with potentially differing styles in activities, schedules, budgets, and more.
- Accentuate the positive. Discover activities you mutually enjoy. "We both like to explore the towns we are in, and spend most of our time together, finding the unique and/or genuine aspects of the destinations we visit," says Rebecca.
- Find fun in offbeat ways. "Sometimes when we go away, we play a game we call the 'witness protection program,'" says Debbie. "Even if we'll be in the same town for a week, I'll book us into several different hotels, so we switch places every couple of days. For some reason, we find that highly amusing," says Debbie.
- Let the better navigator plot the route. Once you're at your destination, discuss how you'll handle local transportation. "[My husband] Andy does most of the driving and map reading, but I tend to have a better memory for directions in places we've been before," says Robin.
- Sort out budget issues. "T.P. used to book us into Econo Lodge-type places to save money," says Debbie. "We stayed in some really marginal places. I finally got him to spend even $20 or $30 more to stay in a hotel that at least doesn't have paper-thin walls." Your best bet: figure out how much you have to spend before you leave, planning for bigger expenditures like dinners out or guided tours, so you don't end up having fights over money.