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This Is How Long New Couples Should Wait Before Going on Vacation Together

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 5/28/2019 Stacey Leasca
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If you’ve just started a new relationship, odds are things feel pretty exciting. You get butterflies every time you see that person and agonize on how to reply with the perfect text. You want to spend all the time you can with your new love — and may even be thinking about booking a romantic vacation together.

However, no matter how great things are going, you may want to hold off just a little while before buying two seats together for a long weekend getaway.

According to a new survey, couples should wait until they've been happily together for seven months before going on vacation.

The survey, commissioned by, polled 1,500 U.K. citizens and found that one-fifth of couples who attempted to go on a holiday together prior to seven months ended up breaking up. Of those respondents, eight percent said they didn’t even wait until they got home to end things.

The survey concluded that problems may arise because couples that early into their relationship do not know one another well enough to deal with the unique stresses brought on by vacation.

“Holidays can be a time to relax and de-stress but they can also be a breeding ground for the kind of irritation, exasperation and potential disgust that can occur when you’re forced to share a stressful journey, a small hotel room and – even worse – an en suite toilet together,” psychologist Judi James said of the survey’s results.

The findings are backed up by another survey, commissioned by Visit Anaheim, that found that the 10-month mark is the best time to travel together.

So if you're dreaming of a romantic getaway with your new sweetheart, maybe keep dreaming until you're pretty sure what being stuck on a delayed plane together will be like.

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