Days ago I celebrated my 34th wedding anniversary with my usual travel companion, my husband Ross. In those years we have traveled to over 40 different countries. We have seen and done things that many only dream about, there have been good times and some trying times.
The good times are always easy...climbing exhilerating active volcanoes, helicoptering to jaw-dropping glaciers, scuba diving with mammoth lemon sharks and walking on the historic Wonders of the World "The Great Wall" and "Machu Picchu."
But then there are the trying times...thirty plus hours on planes and on lay-overs, driving around lost in rental cars, missed flight connections with subsequent nights on airport floors, long, really long road trips with the constant nearness and poor meals or the lack of a meal at all!
Without love there may have been a different ending to many of our journeys. Traveling is exhilerating but it also can be stressful. Your traveling companion needs to be your anchor to keep you in place when things go wrong. Your iron to smooth over the rough spots and not create more wrinkles.
I remember an incident in Thailand where a couple we were traveling with had a disagreement...she had both passports... I'm not sure what would have happened if they hadn't made up?? I'm not sure if they are still together but they did return to the US together!
Moral...travel with someone you love and... carry your own passport!