(Relaxnews) — Couples who travel together, stay together.
That’s the conclusion of a survey commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association in advance of Valentine’s Day, which found that couples who travel together alone—sans kids—reported higher satisfaction in their relationships.
In a telephone poll of 1,100 adults, 83 percent of respondents who said they travel together as a couple also reported that the romance is alive and kicking in their relationship.
While these results may be true on paper, traveling as a couple has also been viewed as the ultimate test of a relationship—particularly the maiden voyage.
Couples who travel together, fight?
Traveling as a couple isn’t always easy. Sometimes couples need time apart, a little bit of “me time.”
Psychologist and relationship expert Shauna Springer, for instance, pleads that traveling solo and taking a break for yourself can also be good for your relationship, increasing marital satisfaction in an article published in Psychology Today.
Meanwhile, Gadling.com offers tips on how to survive intact a vacation with your significant other such as planning a holiday that’s in direct proportion to the time you’ve been together as a couple. For instance, only been together a month or two? Don’t get too ambitious and avoid getaways that are any longer than a weekend jaunt.
Other tips include keeping a sense of humor, planning together and spending time apart during the trip.
Travel experts at Budget Travel also suggest avoiding jam-packed itineraries which can be stressful and likewise going solo and regrouping afterwards to share your experiences together.