First Vacation with Your New Boyfriend? Read This First

Your new boyfriend has asked you to go on your first vacation together. You’re as excited as Bridget Jones after Mark Darcy suggests a mini-break! But your celebratory dance soon gives way to some anxiety: Where should you go? What should you do? How in the hell will you share a bathroom for a week? Mason Miller of boutique travel agency Cate and Mason Travel Partners weighs in on how to avoid first-time vacation nightmares with your new man.

Plan Together
"For a first time vacation, definitely choose a destination that caters to your mutual interests," says Miller. "Not every guy wants to shop and not every girl wants to go to the World Cup. But if you're both foodies or ski bunnies, there is an ideal destination for everyone." Take it from Megan, 28, who overlooked a few of her boyf’s comments before they headed to her dream locale, Paris. "When we got there, I finally realized not only was he not a big 'Europe' person, he hated all things French! It was bad."

Limit Travel Time
Save the 20-hour flight to Thailand for your third anniversary trip. For new couples, Miller recommend going somewhere with little travel time: "The more flights you have to catch, the more pressure on your trip."

Don’t Do High Maintenance
The worst idea for a first time vacation with a guy is “doing something extreme, like a camping trip in the Sahara Desert. You will have no idea what to expect and chances are the cuisine will at least one of you in the bathroom half the time," Miller points out. "Going somewhere with extreme weather can be disastrous on your hair, skin and relationship. If your boyfriend is allergic to the sun, don't take him to Atlanta during the summer."

Make Sure You're Comfortable Around Him
Really comfortable. Remember when Miranda laments how she was forced to use the hotel lobby bathroom during her first time vacation with a relatively new beau because she didn't feel cozy enough to go with him in the room? That stuff actually happens. "It's definitely an issue that will test your 'comfort level,' especially if you're in a destination with really bad plumbing," Miller points out. Moral of the story: Don't take a vacation with a guy after just a handful of dates. No matter how cute he is.

Play Travel Agent
If you're attending a show/concert, etc. during your trip, definitely secure tickets beforehand. That way you're prepared with how much you're going to pay, it doesn't come out of your budget when you get there, and you have some fun plans to look forward to. Biggest bonus: More time in your room and less chasing down ticket vendors.

Weigh Group Trips vs. One-on-Ones
"Group trips can be a blast, but it's important to make sure everyone is on the same page," cautions Miller. "If you have champagne wishes and caviar dreams for your trip, make sure you aren't setting sail with your boyfriend's buddy who is more beer and potato skins." A one-one-one trip offers you control over the itinerary, and flexibility.

Don't Overpack
"Packing is key to hassle-free traveling, and by that I mean DO NOT OVERPACK," Miller emphasizes. "I'm the first one to not want to wear the same outfit in every pic, but that's when you have to get creative with your favorite t-shirt and scarf."

Pamper Yourself
Touch up those roots, clean up the bikini line, gets your toes done, and try out a fun nail shade. When you get off the plane, you want to feel comfortable when he rips off your clothes!

Where to Go?
Miller's best recommendation is San Francisco: "It's a city with so much to do: Great weather, it's a major sports town, and it borders so many great places like Napa wine country, Sausalito and Half Moon Bay." Outside of the U.S., she recommends the South of France during the summer. "I don't care how masculine the guy is, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival make for a pretty romantic getaway." For winter, high-rollers should hit St Barths, and she gives her most romantic vote to The Ocean Club in The Bahamas.

By Carson Griffith

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