Traveling with your significant other is hands down one of the coolest things you can do together.
1. You strengthen your entire relationship.
I'm gonna start off strong here: Studies have shown that, generally speaking, couples who travel together are happier overall. That's because novelty — i.e., the act of doing new things together — releases dopamine, which is the brain chemical associated with happiness.
2. And you may have better sex, too.
3. You learn how to be still together.
Chances are, if you live in a big urban area, your dates are often surrounded by people and noise. Even when you have a "quiet night in" to watch a movie, you're probably still also texting, checking Instagram, and ordering Seamless. But when you're traveling together, you may not even have access to Wi-Fi, soooo ... then what? You learn how you operate as a couple when you have literally no one to talk to but each other.
4. And you learn — like, really learn — what your partner truly loves to do.
5. You discover each other's hidden talents.
SERIOUSLY WHO KNEW YOUR PARTNER WAS A PROFESSIONAL FINDER OF THE WORLD'S MOST EPIC SHELLS.
Mind = blown.
6. And you find out where your partner falls on the planning spectrum.
7. You learn how your partner handles emergencies — and also how you handle them together.
When you're adventuring together, crisis situations — think flat tires, food poisoning, and accidental detours — inevitably pop up. The silver lining is that you can actually learn a ton about how you two will handle problems in life based on how you handle these dilemmas.