We've been married for almost 3 years. We've traveled a lot. We did 3 big trips before we got married, and afterwards, well... a new place about every 4 months.
The thing is... it doesn't matter how much we travel. We have the same tiffs every time.
The arguments usually have something to do with these categories:
Category A: Mary is doing too much souvenir shopping
Category B: Sean has a one-track mind and the only important thing is reaching some destination (a museum, a park, a building, whatever). He cannot deviate from the plan even for something cool on the way.
Category C: Mary is haggling over price and it makes Sean uncomfortable.
Category D: Sean gets obsessed with schedule and rushes Mary when, in fact, there is plenty of time.
The arguments are never terrible. There's no yelling or causing a scene. But usually there's lots of eye rolling and dramatic sighs.
Anyway, this past weekend on our Macau/Hong Kong trip, we faced our first real major travel dilemma. One of us left a passport at the hotel and didn't realize until we reached the airport. One of us had to travel all the way back to the hotel, while the other stayed at the airport and arranged a new plan... luckily it all worked out and there were no penalties. We didn't even get mad at each other.
What do you argue about with friends or family when you travel? So, who do you guess forgot the passport? Mary or Sean?