Couples are putting pressure on their relationships with 'make or break' holidays

Caroline Allen
Contributor
According to new research, couples aren't giving their relationships time to blossom. [Photo: Getty]

Dating has changed a lot in the last decade.

With more and more people turning to online dating to find a match, it’s argued that there’s not much time to make a good first impression.

New research from Sandals Resorts, has discovered that it’s not just singles who are looking to speed up the process.

Couples in relationships are heading off on “make or break” holidays after as little as three months together in a bid to see if they’ve found the one.

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In some ways, it makes sense. You wouldn’t want to spend the next two years with somebody only to discover you’re not compatible.

However, the research shows that couples aren’t giving themselves long to resolve their issues.

Instead, they’re jetting off on one-two week “make or break” holidays to determine whether or not they’re a match.

The honeymoon period can be an awkward time. While some people love the spontaneity, others long for the comfort of a long-term relationship.

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The survey, which looked at the behaviours of 2,000 people, found that one in four couples went on holiday together after three months or sooner.

20 per cent of those couples did it with the purpose of finding out how compatible they really are.

The discovery trip usually lasts seven days, but it can go on for as long as two weeks.

There may be method to the madness, though.

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Apparently, couples have more sex when they’re on holiday. Almost half (40 per cent) of the people surveyed said they felt stronger feelings towards the person after their holiday.

Being in a relaxed environment is arguably the perfect place to cultivate a new relationship.

In fact, one in 10 people decided to move in together after a holiday and one in eight decided to get engaged.

We’ll take any excuse to pack our bags.

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