Road trip stress- it happens to the most solid of couples. Life is pretty insane and it’s nice to be able to leave reality for a little while and take a vacation with your significant other, but it can be uber stressful.

It wasn’t for vacation, but my husband and I drove from New York to Arkansas for a family funeral and we drove it straight through- it took us 17 hours to get there and by the time we did, we were fried and our exhaustion made every small thing seem so much bigger than it was.

Hopefully if you’re planning to get away with your love, you won’t drive 17 hours straight through. If you’re not able to fly, I hope that you’re able to take breaks along the way so that you don’t have a mini meltdown like I did.

Refinery 29 has compiled a short-list of ways to make sure you focus on the positives of hitting the road with your other half. Here are four of their suggestions.

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    Get a Little Bit of Alone Time

    While you're traveling, make sure to stop and take some time to explore with your significant other. But also make some time for yourself. If you drink coffee and he doesn't, maybe suggest he check out a local park while you visit a cafe and grab a cup of java.

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    Work Out a Budget Before You Leave

    Sit down together and decide what your trip budget will be. Add up obvious expenses for things like your hotel, meals and gas, but also work in the cost of things like side trips or souvenirs. By giving yourselves a budget, you'll both be on the same page when it comes to finances.

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    Be Willing to Compromise

    If you're always early and your significant other is always late, you're both going to have to have a little patience with each other.  The same goes for if one of you is totally spontaneous and the other one of you needs to have every detail planned. This is a change for you to enjoy time together and it'll be hard to do that if you're constantly bickering.

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    Make Time For Romance

    I'm so guilty of being someone who gets wrapped up in the go-go-go of traveling, wanting to get in as many things as possible that I forget to slow down long enough to hold my husband's hand or lean over for a kiss and this is something I definitely need to work on. It's so important to make sure to take the time to connect with your partner on a romantic level.