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Travel habits can make or break how you get on with your partner claims new US survey

How you arrange your travel trip can make or break your relationship with your ‘significant other’ according to the latest research.

Choice of holiday can make or break a relationship says survey.
Choice of holiday can make or break a relationship says survey. Image by Getty Images

The report reveals that almost a quarter of Americans believe travel habits can be a real deal breaker in a relationship.

The survey by Liligo.com – a travel comparison tool used to find the most efficient and cheapest routes for getting away breaks – says this is particularly true for millennials where 35% felt that travel habits could be the deciding factor on whether a relationship would continue or not.

According to Liligo, the presence of social media and the expanding globetrotting culture of the younger generations meant that travel was  becoming a bigger part of their lives. In the US for instance, more and more people are looking to travel abroad with last year showing a 7.6% rise on the 2014 figures. This increase in travellers brings its own pressure on those planning trips to ensure they do it well.

More US citizens – one in every 12 – have had rows with their partners over who was responsible for coming up with poor travel plans.

The US Marketing Director for Liligo.com, Eric Urbain, said his company’s goal was to make such planning “as seamless as possible.” People now see travel differently than in the past; it has changed into something society associates with accomplishment. That, in turn, creates its own anxiety as to how to create the perfect holiday, he explained.

Cocktails at sunset in Mykonos, Greece.
The perfect holiday? Cocktails at sunset in Mykonos, Greece. Image by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

Personal success isn’t just getting married or buying a home anymore. To a growing number of people, it is about travelling. Indeed, 22% of Americans would prefer to save up to travel instead of taking the traditional choice of putting money aside to buy a home.

Liligo says it is clear from their findings that there has been a major shift away from material items likes owning houses, to personal experiences such as travelling among those interviewed.