What We're Like As A Travel Couple

Friday, March 20, 2015

I would say I'm a bit "high-strung" when it comes to travel. Chris is much more relaxed and easy going.

For phase one, anyway.

We've got this nice little agreement where I get to throw the fit and be a terrible person during pre-travel, because I know Chris will take over during actual travel.

I like to be at the airport at least an hour early. And typically an hour for me really means three. If I'm not two hours early, I'm late.

Once inside I treat every line like it's a competition and want to get through them as fast as possible. I almost always choose the "wrong line" and then will proceed to torture myself by staring at the other lines declaring, "I knew we should have chosen that line!" It's a great game, you should try it sometime!

I speed walk everywhere in an airport and get annoyed with anyone taking their time. You know those people on a terror running over the elderly with their roll suitcases? I'm ten steps ahead of those people.

And then when it comes time to get on the plane and get a seat, I hate when children sit behind me. And they always do.

Moms, I know your kids don't mean to kick my seat. And I know you're stressed to the max just traveling with a child, but the thing is once I get onto a plane now I'm traveling with a child too.  A large man child.

Because we've just entered phase two.

My time of complaining is officially over. It's now his turn. He'll start by reminding me several times that plane seats aren't made for people of his size. Then he'll say "we have to be on this flight for HOW LONG?" over and over as if he didn't check the flight schedule before boarding. And he'll proceed to stretch out his legs as far as they can't go numerous times during the flight so he can show me how uncomfortable he is. Numerous. Times. "Look Tay, look how cramped I am. Do you see? LOOK. LOOK AT ME."

He also has to have the window seat so he can rest his head against it, it's "literally the only way."

And he can't have the middle seat because of that size problem again.

Chris is the most selfless person I know. Until we get on an airplane. The laws change in airtime and he becomes Airplane Chris. All bets are off.

In all honesty, we make a great travel team. There's no one I'd rather see the world with. (Except perhaps Harlow.)  Chris is spontaneous and an adventurer, and he's full of useless facts about every country and their historical landmarks. So he makes me learn things when we travel, rather than just drink beer in local pubs. I think that's a good thing.

And on that note, we're off. See you next week, America!

*And a big shout out to Mike for staying at our house for the week! Please don't throw any parties. Just kidding, do whatever the hell you want. Except please don't drink the bottle of tequila we have signed by Lil Jon. I worked hard for that.


  1. haha you're the exact same as one of my travel buddies! when we lived together she was always up on travel days and would have to come in and wake me and rush me to the train station or airport. One time our train got stuck and we thought we were going to miss our flight to amsterdam. she freaked, I was all ``we'll get put on the next one."

    I generally take the laissez-faire attitude when it comes to travel, which actually resulted in me missing a flight (whoops). Andddd I'm generally never at the airport at the right check in time. Should probably work on that. Enjoy your trip!!!

  2. This is my life.


  3. I think we are the same person. and by that I mean all of the above, including how chris acts is how Michael acts. My pre travel fit is really bad. like, embarrassing. Then I'm a ball of fun.

  4. I HATE being late too. I'd much rather sit there for an extra hour than have the threat of missing the plane loom over me.

    Midwest Darling

  5. I do the exact same things when I travel with my husband! I seriously don't understand why people can't walk normally in an airport!

  6. My sister is the worst person at airports, and on planes. She's bitchy and belligerent. But get her actually at our destination, and she's the best person ever. I tend to sit quietly, and depending on the length of the flight, get up sporadically to walk and stretch.

  7. Oh gosh. I am queen of the pre travel fit. Sobbing over my suitcase has become and (embarrassingly) regular thing. And once on the plane I'm totally chill and ready to have fun! Have a great time in Europe!

  8. Hahaha we're he same. I HAVE to be super early (to anything, really) otherwise I get super anxious. And I'm definitely that person that gets annoyed with people taking their sweet time and preventing me from getting where I need to go, ASAP, because it's all about me, of course. I hope you have a wonderful trip!


  9. This post made me laugh out loud. I loved it. Happy Travels!

    P.S. Please tell the story of the tequila bottle signed by Lil Jon. I have to know.

  10. Airplane travel gives me serious anxiety for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is feeling like I'm running late and I'm going to miss my flight! Have a great trip!

  11. Dave is 6 foot 5, so I feel your pain! Nothing like paying extra for legroom because you're travelling with a giant.

  12. There was a screaming child on our flight the ENTIRE time to see Kait. Stranded over the Pacific with a screaming child is nothing that I wish on anyone.

  13. Airplane Chris! I'm still laughing! Isn't there some ridiculous saying about a couple who can travel together will last forever? Bon voyage! xoxo, ganeeban

  14. These scenarios sound too familiar to me, haha! Enjoy your trip!

  15. Hahahah oh my goodness, my version of on time is like three hours prior as well. Being late... I just can't even being late to classes in college gave me a panic haha.

  16. I am anal about getting to the airport three hours early as well. Hello, you have no idea what those lines are going to be like!

  17. This is so good, and wait, time to tell the Lil John tequila story...


  18. I am crazy high strung when we go on trips -- I get really bad anxiety and drive everyone around me bonkers ha ha! I like riding on planes though :D Have a freaking amazing trip!

  19. I'm not particularly high-strung about travel, but I do notice that my work productivity takes a big hit just before and just after I travel. Anticipation.

    My Dad doesn't travel well at all--he gets very irritable both when preparing to leave, and also if anything goes awry.

  20. I am a laid back traveller BUT i hate airports so like you I speedwell through them. Aint nobody got time to dilly dally

  21. LOL - this is too funny!!!! My hubs is the exact same way on airplanes!! Middle seat for life! :(