There’s something about exploring a new part of the world with your husband that sounds inherently romantic. You think of wearing the cutest dress with those heels that make your legs look like whoa while sipping wine on a patio overlooking the charming cobblestone streets below.
If only travelling was always that pretty.
My husband and I spent two months together backpacking through Central America (I stayed on for an extra month by myself) and, let me tell you, having somebody by your side 24/7 means they’re probably going to see some pretty unflattering moments that you’d rather keep to yourself. Seasickness, early morning wake up calls, beds that fall apart, food poisoning and more, all accompanied by a beautiful sheen of sweat coating your skin in the 40 degree heat (that’s 104F for my American friends) were all realities for us on the road.
Backpacking and romantic aren’t two words that typically go together, but after two months of exploring Central America with my husband, we did walk away with a few really sweet memories. Dates don’t have to be all “done up” to still be special and romance doesn’t always arrive neatly packaged with a bow. Today I’m sharing three unexpectedly romantic moments from our trip.
1. FLYING IN A SINGLE PROP CESSNA PLANE
What an exhilarating experience! On the outside it probably doesn’t look romantic at all, but holding hands and seeing that burst of excitement reflected in my husband’s eyes as we took off was unforgettable. Flying to Utila was entirely unplanned which made it all the better.
2. STRIPPING OFF OUR CLOTHES AND JUMPING INTO LAKE PETEN
|About ready to drop dead with heat exhaustion. This tree is holding me up!|
3. SCUBA DIVING TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME
|Jumping into the water with his scuba gear for his first underwater test|
After seeing me go on six successful dives, M talked himself into going back and finishing the certification. A few days later we went diving for the first time together in the most beautiful conditions. That day we saw our first sea turtle and it was surreal to observe this incredible creature in the water as he did his thing nibbling on the coral and popping up to the surface for air. I was filled with awe in that moment! I looked over at my husband in his mask and scuba gear (floating upside down just because he could) and decided to float upside down too. What a pair we made! Unfortunately there was no underwater camera so no pictures came from our dives but we were absolutely present in the moment and what a serene and romantic moment it was!
Have you experienced any unexpectedly romantic moments when travelling as a couple before? I’d love to read about it in the comments below.
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