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.”