How did you meet and when did you both realize your love for travel?
Marcus and I met in the end of 2009, in an university’s party. Marcus was a singer in a little band and that day I unpretentiously went to the party with a friend which had a common friend with him. At the end of the show, after some words, a sudden kiss. And since that we are together. Our passion for travel came from our freedom. In 2012, after my interchange in Mexico without him and, in 2013, after his Eurotrip without me, we simply realized that our souls had always been connected and that 2014 should be our year. It would be our first trip outside Brazil. Together.
Where was your first destination together and tell us about it?
Our first destination was a combined trip to San Andrés (Colombia), Aruba and Curaçao. We were looking for a Caribbean paradise to gift ourselves and after lots of search, we found a perfect logistic among these places. It would be the first time Marcus’ feet touch the Caribbean Sea and also my first time in a Caribbean island. We don’t even need to say that it was the best choice. All the blue landscapes made us feel happy with life and with each other. At the same time, it was completely enriching talking about relationship because everything we experienced – feelings, emotions, fears – we had to solve right there, together. This gave us maturity and responsibility to make next trips even better.
How do you share your work on the road? Who does what?
Our work, not only during the trip but also before it, is totally defined and it has started naturally. Marcus loves planning the financial part and me, the strategic one. I could search and read about a new destination all day long, always trying to find the best experiences ever. At the same time, Marcus has the easiness to transform everything in numbers. He can say at the end of our planning approximately how much we are going to spend in the entire trip and what is our average expenditure per day.
How do you make decisions together for next destinations?
We are used to complement the ideas of each other. But, in general, we both chose a continent and depending on the season (that strongly influence the weather) our choice is made based on destinations with the best cost x benefits and plane tickets on sale. But I need to confess that the woman’s opinion prevail most of the time.
Have you noticed any changes in the relationship since you started traveling together?
Changes that we have been noticed improved our relationship. Mainly in the way we communicate with each other. At the beginning, we were not used to talk everything we were thinking about a situation and after traveling together, this skill have been improving day after day because a trip is something special. We cannot take the risk of making a wrong choice without sharing our concerns. This can ruin an entire trip.
Living and traveling together 24/7 can sometimes be stressful and relate to moments of disagreements or misunderstandings. How do you cope with these situations?
For us, the crucial way to cope with this is putting the dialogue in the first place. As a couple, we assume that we are going to share good and bad moments and need to be prepared to face it. Therefore, we never go to bed without solving an issue.
What is the most beautiful moment you have experienced together while traveling?
Curiously, our both dream since teenager was being at Machu Picchu. After years of waiting, we decided live this dream this year. Climbing the Inca city until the top and let our eyes see that view was the most beautiful moment for us. We were there. Together. Holding hands.
What do you like the most about traveling as a couple?
The best part of traveling as a couple is to have the complicity with your partner. This allows us being sincere and happy in all of our choices. If we want to say no, we do because we know each other. And if we want to say yes for a new adventure or experience, certainly it will mark our hearts forever.
What do you like the least about traveling as a couple?
Sometimes, traveling a lot as a couple, we miss the company of our friends and family and this can starts a feeling of “only we both again?”. So, to avoid this, it’s necessary never give up of an opportunity to be with these people that complement a lot a relationship.
How do you keep the relationship spark alive on the road?
First and foremost loving and respecting. We both have different needs, desires and the achievement of it is just possible when we respect each other. In addition, if we really love, we have the intimacy to participate of other’s ups and downs, which generates a feeling of satisfaction and completeness.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to any couple wanting to travel together?
Be yourselves. An unforgettable trip is made when each one can participate with the best he/she can give. When each one can share the most beautiful he/she has. So never pretend to be another person to delight your partner. If you liked it, say it. If you didn’t like it, say it. I am quite sure you are going to find plenitude traveling like this.