The idea of a vacation is often more romantic than the vacation itself. We fantasize about getaways to foreign beaches and exotic cities, about all the quality time we’ll spend with our partners while away and how the whole experience will strengthen our bond…but then you get to the airport and somebody forgot that their passport expires in two days. And, now you’re fighting.
A new survey suggests that one in ten couples are likely to break up while on holiday. So, if you thought that weekend getaway was going to save your relationship, well, we hope you sprung for the cancellation insurance.
The data was gathered by international car-for-hire company Holiday Autos. It’s not great news for wanderlusting couples, as it also revealed that 40 per cent of couples fight at least once a day while on vacation. And on top of that, 25 per cent of all couples will start to get nasty within the first 24 hours.
According to the 2,000 people polled, the top causes of travellers’ tiffs among couples are spending too much time together, spending too much money, getting drunk and picking where to eat. Yeah, sounds about right.
The most stressful type of vacations? Ones that involve driving. (Maybe skip that road trip and splurge on an all-inclusive beach getaway instead…. just go easy on the alcohol.) Some of the common argument points are bad navigation skills, backseat driving and children arguing in the back. These aren’t exactly the most romantic situations, but are often inevitable parts of travel.
But it’s not all bad news: After uncovering these stats, Holiday Autos set out to make the world of travel a more loving place by setting up a 24-hour couples’ counsellor hotline to help talk quarrelling couples off the vacation argument ledge. If you find yourself in a fit of rage instead of passion while on vacation this summer, give them a call.