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Travelling as a couple

Travel Forums Asia Travelling as a couple

1. Posted by the BFG (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

This might be a ridiculous question, but does traveling as a couple, (male-female), cause any problems in any of the far east? and would it be cheaper than two people traveling singularly? thanks.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

I travelled in a couple in SE Asia for 3 months and it was fine. In many cultures though, it is offensive to openly express affection, ie kissing, in public. In Vietnam we were often asked if we were married, but it didn't seem to cause offence that we weren't.
it is much cheaper than travelling alone because you can split room costs - we were paying on average of $12 per night between us.

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

bex76 speaks the truth. There is no reason why traveling as a couple should pose any problem. I can't speak from experience, but I suspect that in some countries, traveling as a mixed-race couple might evoke suspicion, though I doubt serious trouble. For my girlfriend and I, we were often amused by the reaction of people in India when we said we weren't married, but it was never anything more than humorous confusion on their part ("what miss, how can your father let you travel with this stranger man?").
So while sometimes locals might not understand your relationship if you aren't married, it probably wont offend then or cause you trouble. But, as Bex points out, what will offend them is public displays of affection. This is something that many westerns ignore because they just can't grasp the concept that holding hands or innocent little kisses could be offensive. But in many places it is, so if you don't see the locals doing it, then don't do it yourself.

And yes, things are cheaper as a couple. Not only can you share room costs (a single may be $5, but a double might be only $6-7) but you can share taxis which generally cost the same no matter how many people you have. Food can often be cheaper because a curry in Thailand (for example) is often enough for two. You can also cut many of pre-departure costs for things like travel guides, gadgets, etc... that you can share.