Whether it’s a cruise, the beach or ad­ven­ture, cou­ples say va­ca­tions nour­ish their re­la­tion­ship

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THE cou­ple that goes away to­gether, stays to­gether, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of re­search that mea­sured the im­pact of hol­i­days on a cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship. The sur­vey, com­mis­sioned by Ho­tel­sCom­bined, of more than 1000 Aussie adults showed two in three re­spon­dents said get­aways with their part­ners im­proved their re­la­tion­ship.

Fur­ther­more, 90% of mar­ried re­spon­dents said they liked their part­ner more af­ter their honey­moon.

The sur­vey re­sults fur­ther re­vealed that “hol­i­day ther­apy” worked more for younger cou­ples. Sixty-five per cent of re­spon­dents in their 20s and 68% of re­spon­dents in their 30s said hol­i­days taken with their part­ner strength­ened or im­proved their re­la­tion­ship.

Jour­nal­ist Scott Sawyer took the ro­man­tic hol­i­day to the next level when he pro­posed to his now-fi­ancee, Nicky Mof­fat, in trop­i­cal Broome, Western Aus­tralia.

“It was mid-year, so thank­fully it was only about 37 de­grees and 98% hu­mid­ity in the cool sea­son and the day in par­tic­u­lar we’d headed about two hours out of Broome to an iso­lated lit­tle beach,” he said.

“It was idyl­lic, but iso­lated. I think that worked in my favour. The ring was nice and cou­pled with the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing left on said beach about 100km from civil­i­sa­tion, well, there was only ever go­ing to be one an­swer from my woman when I popped the ques­tion.

“My ad­vice is to be ro­man­tic, but tac­ti­cal at the same time, to make sure you get the big ‘yes’.”

When asked what was the best type of hol­i­day to build a re­la­tion­ship, re­spon­dents chose beach­side hol­i­days (24%) more than any other hol­i­day op­tion. Sight­see­ing hol­i­days were the sec­ond-best hol­i­day choice (18%), fol­lowed by cruises (15%).

Ho­tel­sCom­bined head of mar­ket­ing for Aus­tralia and New Zealand Chris Rivett said a honey­moon was the first hol­i­day spent to­gether as a new­ly­wed cou­ple.

“It doesn’t have to be a lav­ish trip that breaks the bank, but it’s a chance to un­wind af­ter an of­ten very busy and stress­ful pe­riod in the lead-up to a wed­ding. It can be an im­por­tant mile­stone for cou­ples to re­lax and re­mem­ber that they’re to­gether for the long-haul now,” Mr Rivett said.

On the flip­side, another sur­vey con­ducted by Book­ing.com, of more than 1000 Aus­tralians, showed 1 in 10 re­spon­dents iden­ti­fied a sep­a­ra­tion hol­i­day as their most re­cent or next up­com­ing trip.

A sep­a­ra­tion hol­i­day usu­ally oc­curs soon af­ter a re­la­tion­ship break-up.

The sur­vey showed Aussies were tak­ing these trips to sig­nal a new be­gin­ning (67%), to let go of their old life (47%) and to en­joy the ben­e­fits of be­ing sin­gle again (36%). Nat­u­rally, any el­e­ment of the “ex fac­tor” was strictly for­bid­den, with more than half of those sur­veyed (52%) agree­ing that any mu­tual friends of the ex-part­ner were off the guest list.

Book­ing.com Aus­tralia rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jaime De Silva said the group ex­pected to see this new trend of sep­a­ra­tion trips pick up.

“The re­search tells us that a sep­a­ra­tion cel­e­bra­tion has some spe­cific re­quire­ments to get the trip in full swing. Things like ac­com­mo­da­tion that’s big enough for the whole group to have fun, but still has room to en­joy per­sonal space.”

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