In a relationship? Now's the best time to travel.

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We travel for a living so we know the benefits it brings to our own relationship. Brit+CO recently published this great article with input from relationship counselor Rebecca Nilson on the benefits of traveling without your partner.

1. You fall back in love with yourself. “It’s important people maintain their identity in a relationship. You come together as one, but for a healthy, long-term relationship, it’s important to have your own hobby. This could mean traveling and being apart.”

2. You learn how to appreciate new experiences and communicate them. “Learning to communicate is a skill… we practice it, we make mistakes, we hopefully learn and then do it better next time. This is critical in long-distance relationships.”

3. Your relationship is tested. “As with any healthy relationship, I think three components must be there: trust, loyalty and commitment. Good things take work, maintenance. Especially relationships. It takes two and both people must be willing to commit.”

4. You go beyond hookups. “Each day, choose that person. Let them know you still choose them, each and every day. If you find yourself in a committed relationship that brings your partner far away for some time, it takes effort, but it is often worth it.”

5. You learn how to keep the romance alive. “In this day and age, it’s easy to stay connected. To send a ‘thinking of you’ message, we have FaceTime and Skype. You can still have dates if one person is traveling overseas for a week, a month or even a year.”

Read the full article on the Brit+CO website.