Exams over, the summer stretching ahead, and a meticulously planned, adventure packed holiday with your boyfriend... Life couldn't get much better right?
However, spending 24/7 with someone for an extended period of time can test the closest relationship – or any friendship for that matter.
You may be certain you've met your soul mate but before too long all those habits you found sweet in the honeymoon period, may seriously start to grate!
As with any adventure, preparation is key. So, to help you on the long road ahead, here are some tips to make sure you return from your trip with hearts (and mind) intact.
Do It For The Right Reasons
Don't use a lifetime trip as a make or break test - make sure it's something you both want to do.
If you're just doing it to make your boyfriend happy, it's likely to drive an even bigger wedge between you.
As with most things in life, honesty is always the best policy!
Do A Trial Run
Organise a mini break camping – in the very least.
Three years being a different universities is probably not the best prep for spending a prolonged period of time together....
Plus, an extra mini break together? Fun!
Make sure you're clear from the outset about what you want to get from the trips – specific things you want to do and see.
People are always going to have different agendas and expectations when it comes to travelling.
If there are things you want to accomplish, make sure that you lay them down before you go.
This goes for any hobbies you have. For example, if you're planning to surf and snowboard in every seaside/mountain resort you visit, tell your partner!
Make A Budget
Plan your finances before you go. Any veteran couple will tell you, money is the root of most disagreements.
You bought that dress, he got dinner, you got the last shop, he paid at the laundrette.
While you can't account for every eventuality, budgeting before your trip will go a long way to avoiding rows.
Set a weekly budget for what are you prepared to spend on accommodation, food and activities. Just to make sure you're reading from the same page!
Accept that you might not be able to get your ‘special’ shampoo in every destination (and that packing a year's supply of the stuff is not a good idea).
If you love reading, invest in a kindle. Unpack those random clothes that you ‘might’ need.
Oh, and yes - five pairs of flip flops is definitely four too many!
Don't Get Jelly
Don't compare yourselves to other couples you meet along the way, even if every other couple you see are glued at the hip and constantly holding hands.
While you may start to compare or feel a pang of jealousy, don't! Accept that you may not be so tactile in public and go with it.
The bonus of this is that you guys will probably make more friends along the way too.
Spend Time Apart
It's OK to spend some time apart.
Let's be honest, it's just not healthy for even the very best of friends or lovers to spend every waking minute together.
Accept that at certain points in your trip, you may want to spend some time alone and perhaps schedule in some activities/places to visit solo.
This is also a great excuse to pursue your own interests, so you won't come home feeling like you've missed out in any way.
But Also Spend Time Together
The same goes for privacy. You want the experience of sleeping in dorms with other travellers and probably don't have the budget to book private rooms on all your trips.
However it's still a good idea to make sure you book a few double rooms along the journey.
No one else wants to be party to your sex life but that said you don't want to finish the trip feeling like mates!
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
Accept certain inevitabilities you can't control...
You will be on public transport – a lot!
You will fall out over stupid things.
You will get lost at some point.
You will get ripped off by someone…
Remember, don't sweat the small stuff. There’s nothing you can do afterwards and the blame game only inflames a situation.
And finally - have fun!
Once you've accepted that there might be a few snags along the way, remember the most important part of any trip is to take in the beautiful places you visit and remember to have fun!
Relax and remember why you set out on this amazing journey together.