There are lots of big tests when you鈥檙e in a relationship, like meeting the parents, moving in together and getting a pet with your partner. Seeing how your partner acts and reacts in these situations is crucial in figuring out if your boo is someone you want to spend a lot more time with (like potentially FOREVER). But here鈥檚 a test you can try out early on that鈥檒l teach you a lot about your compatibility: taking a big trip together. If travel is a part of your life, chances are you鈥檒l take a vacation together at some point, and seeing how they behave and how the two of you get along during your stay can show you a lot about your relationship. Keep reading for five things you鈥檒l find out about your partner when you head somewhere exotic together.

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1. How they prepare for something big. Do they like to head to the airport early or at the last possible minute? Did they pack the night before or just throw a bunch of stuff in a suitcase 10 minutes before leaving the house? Learning if your partner likes to plan everything out ahead of time (down to the very last detail) or if they鈥檙e more of an 鈥渋t will all work out鈥 type will help you predict how they might behave in other big moments of your lives together. There鈥檚 nothing wrong with either approach 鈥 even if you鈥檙e opposites you can still make things work 鈥 but it鈥檚 good to have an idea of what to expect from them down the line. Like they say, knowledge is power.

2. How they behave in the face of adversity. Seriously, flight delays are the worst. But there鈥檚 really nothing you can do to predict or fix them. If you鈥檙e taking a long-distance trip with your S.O., it鈥檚 likely that somewhere along the way you鈥檒l hit a snag in your plans. Maybe your rental car isn鈥檛 available at the time it鈥檚 supposed to be or your Airbnb host accidentally double-booked that awesome apartment you鈥檙e supposed to be staying in. Issues inevitably come up when you鈥檙e traveling, just as they do in life. Seeing how your boo deals with an unexpected glitch can provide a lot of insight into how they might handle other unexpected hardships. If they can鈥檛 handle hanging in an airport for a few hours without having a meltdown, it might be a clue that you won鈥檛 want to have them around when some real stuff goes down later in life.

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3. How they treat others. You鈥檝e probably observed how your partner treats other people a fair amount by the time you take a trip together, but different settings sometimes induce changes in behavior. When something goes wrong, notice how your S.O. treats the person on the delivering end of the bad news. It鈥檚 okay to be bummed that something isn鈥檛 working out as planned, but if they yell at a flight attendant, restaurant staffer or rental agency employee, that might be something to think about.

4. How adaptable they are. If you鈥檙e heading somewhere foreign or exotic, pay attention to how your partner reacts to being in new and different surroundings. Do they attempt to speak the language, even if their pronunciation is laughably bad? Do they try the local cuisine, even if it鈥檚 something they鈥檇 never normally eat? Traveling can really show you how open to new experiences, cultures and people someone is, and again, that鈥檚 important info you want to know about your potential mate.

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5. How you get along when you鈥檙e together 24/7. Some people like to chill out all day when they鈥檙e on vacation and see how many beach reads they can get through in a week. Others need to be constantly moving, seeing the sights and staying active. Vacation is a great time to see how compatible you and bae are in terms of true leisure time. It鈥檚 no big deal if you like to do different things, but it鈥檚 good to know whether or not you鈥檒l have to compromise a bit on how you spend your time together. In this way, a getaway is an amazing time to see how it might be if you eventually decide to move in together. Can you handle each other in a low-stress situation for a full week? If so, yay! And if not, it might be time to rethink whether you鈥檙e ready to take that next step together.

All in all, one vacation probably won鈥檛 make or break your relationship with your S.O., but the intel you鈥檒l gather about their personality and habits on a trip together is super valuable to the well-being of your relationship. Plus, romantic vacays are the best!

Have you ever taken a trip with your boo? How did it go? Tell us about it @BritandCo!

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