Lifestyle

Romance takes a holiday

A survey commissioned by HotelsCombined, of more than 1000 Aussie adults, show many couples believe that holidays improve their relationship.
A survey commissioned by HotelsCombined, of more than 1000 Aussie adults, show many couples believe that holidays improve their relationship. anyaberkut

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.”

For more go to hotelscombined.com.au or booking.com.

Topics:  couples holidays relationships travel


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Airlie send-off for Rufus tour

ON THEIR WAY: Rufus will wrap up their massive regional tour with a show at Magnums Hotel this month.

Rufus will play at Magnums next week

Taking on a personal touch

PERSONAL: Emily Krause is taking her tour to Magnums Airlie Beach in March.

Emily Dawn will hit up Magnums next month

No better place to plan for knot tying

GET PLANNING: The Whitsunday Wedding and Honeymoon Expo is fast approaching.

Check out the wedding and honeymoon expo next weekend

Local Partners

Do you know this man?

WHITSUNDAY police are on the hunt for a man captured on CCTV footage who they believe may be able to help them with investigations into a recent shop theft.

How Stay at Home Mum blogger Jody Allen struck it big

Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.

Jody Allen's star continues to rise at incredible speed

Comedy with extra cheese

Paul Fenech is taking his TV series Fat Pizza on the road for a series of live shows.

Fat Pizza and Housos are coming to town

One of the top five car collections in the world

A 1950 Alvis TB14 Roadster is a highlight in the museum.

Gosford home to largest, privately-owned classic car collection.

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

A MERE two points separated two teams from My Kitchen Rules, in a spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trespass Against Us a 'tender' crime film

Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in a scene from the movie Trespass Against Us.

Tough British film about criminal clan proves touching

Crocodile, hippo fears as I'm A Celeb filming hit by flooding

Flooding hits the set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Fears crocodiles and hippos could infiltrate I'm A Celeb camp

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!