Would You Go On Holidays Without Your Significant Other?

Going on holidays with your partner is part of being in a relationship, but a growing number of Australian couples are taking vacations separately, according to a survey by lawfirm Slater + Gordon. Would you take a separate holiday from your husband or wife?

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Slater + Gordon surveyed over 2000 Australians who are either married or in a de facto relationship. The results showed that 36 per cent of them have holidayed separately from their spouses with five per cent of them doing so on a regular basis. Meanwhile, 51 per cent said they have never been on a trip without their partners and have no intention of doing so.

"Most couples spend a lot of time together and some feel they need some time off from each other from time to time," Slater + Gordon said in a statement. "Being in a committed relationship does not mean that a couple had to do everything together."

It is true that absence can make the heart grow fonder, but the mere thought of vacationing separately could strike fear into the hearts of couples who may think it is an indication that their relationship isn't working and needs a time out. Holidaying separately may also bring out some insecurities about fidelity: "What if my partner cheats on me while he/she is away?"

Personally, I wouldn't mind going on a trip without my partner provided there is a constant stream of communication. What are your thoughts on this topic? Let us know in the comments.


    If we didn't have kids, I wouldn't consider it.

    But time spent away from home with with young kids is "travel" not "holiday".

    So to answer the more specific question: "Would you consider taking a holiday with your friends and leave your SO at home with your kids, on the proviso that they can do the same?"

    Hell. Yes.

    I'm currently questioning this as I have a lot more leave than my partner of 4 years. I holidayed independently quite extensively when we were in the early stages of our relationship, but now that we're living together and paying off a mortgage it seems selfish to leave her at home with our pets when she wouldn't be able to do the same.

    Yes, I would absolutely love a solo holiday. I'm a fair bit more adventurous than she is. But she gets very jealous and clingy. She gets kind of lost without me. How could I work around that or re-assure her?

    Why not just do the best of both?

    We take holidays together but deliberately factor in time apart while away. A half or full day doing things separately makes a lot of sense if you have different interests. And it makes the shared time more enjoyable.

    I am 55 my bf 53. We were going through rough time last year. Did not see each other for 3 months. In that time he has joined social dance class which is great? He has become quite good friends with a couple of the single women & men & they go on social outings dinner & dancing. Rick & roll. In February they invited him to go on a cruise with them they are all single. We have been seeing each other again since March. I have nit met these people and I am uncomfortable about him going. Umm thought we were in a partnership. He can choose to go He can make his own choice. As for me think its a dealbreaker. Am I been unreasonable

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