Buckle your seatbelts boys, if you’ve fallen for for a girl who loves to travel, you’re in for a real adventure. Don’t get too excited for the ride yet though, it takes a lot more effort than you think to date a girl who travels.
It’s not as easy as dating the typical girl, but it’s definitely worth the extra effort. A girl who loves to travel thinks a little differently – she has lots of ideas and goals, and knows what makes her happy. That means she won’t deal with games, drama, or bullshit.
She also won’t settle. She won’t ever exactly be “easy to understand” , and there will definitely be times when you think she’s crazy or absent. But you’ll also think she’s amazing, loving, cultured, and genuine. So here are some tips on dating the girl who wants to travel the world, so that you can be the one she chooses to do it with. Plus check out the input from some fellow female travel bloggers as well!
1. Be Patient
A girl who loves to travel has a lot of plans. They aren’t exactly set, but they’re definitely on a to-do list. Or a ‘to-go’list. She wants to see the world, and is figuring out how to do it. She also probably doesn’t automatically trust. Don’t give up if she seems distant. Chances are that she just wants to be, literally.
“Never ask ‘what’s your plan’…A travelling girl never knows her next destination or life decision, a life of no worries or plans is the right one for her.” – Sarah Richard, CoffeewithaSliceofLife.com
2. Be Comfortable With Confidence
Girls who travel have a tendency to be very confident, mostly because they take risks, are ambitious, and have learned a lot from traveling. Don’t let it deter you — she really doesn’t think of herself as any better than anyone else. If you’re looking for a girl who needs you, don’t date a girl who loves to travel.
“The guy has to understand that he’s not dealing with a typical girl. Girls who travel have a calling/a purpose that they have to embrace. It’s probably not going to change.” Lina Loue, WealthyNomadGirl.com
3. Be Ready For Randomness
It should be a given that a girl who loves to travel will always want to randomly go somewhere or do something. It doesn’t have to be anything extravegant, but if you aren’t the type who’s willing to go on a random adventure or road trip, it’s probably not going to work.
“The best gift is a surprise adventure/plane ticket to somewhere you’ve both never been.” – Addie Lynn Minnis, FitFabandForeign.com
4. Be Able to Schedule But Also Able to Just Go With it
It may sound like an oxymoron, but girls who love to travel have a habit of needing things to be scheduled, but then also throwing the plans away and going with the flow. Be able to plan a trip, and somewhat of an itinerary, or stick to the one she has, but don’t be surprised when you get there and everything changes.
“When you say let’s go for a 2-week trip, she will always try to find ways to extend it for at least double the time.” – Rebecca Clipsham, TheWorldasBecSeesIt.com
5. Double as a Best Friend
Chances are if you’re dating a girl who loves to travel (or trying to), that you’llbe traveling together a lot. That means you’ll also double as her best friend and partner in crime. It’s a unique and extraordinary relationship to be able to be best friends with someone you also love, and necessary to a girl who travels.
“Advice from my boyfriend (who is obviously dating a girl who loves to travel), ‘Be a guy who loves to travel!'” – Shelly Borga, NorwaytoNowhere.com
6. Be Able to Communicate
There might be times when she is traveling somewhere and can’t get service, or the time zones may be opposing. It’s important to remember that if she doesn’t contact you right away, but also important to remember when you’re responding. Forgetting to respond when she only has a certain amount of time to communicate is very bad, and even stressful. You should be able to communicate easily and consistently, whether she’s traveling or not.
“My husband said, ‘You have to communicate consistently. Be patient when there’s no communication and trust that they will be coming back to you.’” – Natasha T. Stoppel, ArtistExploresTheWorld.com
7. Don’t Be Picky
Nothing is more awkward or unattractive than when a guy is picky about things like where you’re staying, what you’re doing, and what you’re eating. Sure the room may not look the nicest, and you may have no idea what that pile of moosh is made from, but don’t make a big deal about it. Especially if she’s excited about it.
“Don’t be a picky eater. It’s very possible your girlfriend will want to try the snails in France or some street food in Mexico. For someone who loves adventures and traveling, nothing is more unattractive in a partner than turning up a nose at new foods!” – Samantha Bilkey, SamanthaEnRoute.com
8. Don’t Hold Her Back
If you can’t go with her, don’t try to hold her back from going. You might not even realize it but if you’re pouting or less than enthusiastic about her traveling, it’ll make her feel bad, and like she shouldn’t go. Not traveling won’t make her happy, so it’s best to just be encouraging and dependable. Also, never make remarks that make you sound uncertain about the length of her trip as if it will cause a damper in the relationship. Time apart should never be an issue.
“When she has a trip planned, don’t tell her to ‘stay’, even though you want to spend time with her. It’s better to tell her, ‘I’ll be waiting for your stories, and if you can and she wants, join her on the trip.'” – The Wanderlure
9. Be Adventurous
If you’re not up for hiking to a waterfall, cliff diving, or even driving to a new beach for the day, you should not be trying to date a girl who travels. We have an issue with sitting still, and always want to be doing something. Saying ‘no’ to an adventure is the same thing as holding her back.
“I feel like we don’t like to do the same things” “That’s because you like to do nothing, and I like to do everything…” – Breakup conversation
10. Be Trustworthy
Trust is essential in every relationship, but it is especially important for someone who travels. Neither person should ever have to worry when the other is or isn’t traveling, especially since sometimes it’ll be for long periods of time. Don’t give any reasons to not be trusted, and more importantly, be trustworthy.
“Be patient when there’s no communication and trust that they will be coming back to you.” – Natasha Stoppel, ArtistExplorestheWorld.com
Alyssa is a self-made, full time travel blogger who loves adventure and typically travels the world solo. She's been to 53 countries and 6 continents so far, and believes she has mastered the art of chasing waterfalls, traveling solo, wine drinking, and making budget-traveling look good. Curious to know how she started this career? Check out the About section above!