Study: Vacation breaks up 1 in 10 couples

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Sunday, July 24, 2016
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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Planning a romantic getaway with your special someone? You might want to hit the brakes.

A recent study found that vacationing with your significant other causes more harm than good.

The study by Holiday Autos found that one in ten couples broke up following a vacation together with 18 percent of the respondents saying too much time together was an issue with taking trips.

The study polled 2,000 adults found that the trouble can start early and continue throughout the trip. 40 percent of the couples expected at least one fight each day during the trip and 24 percent said the fighting would begin at the airport with their partner not helping with their luggage. Other issues at the airport included struggling to navigate out of the building and someone wanting control over passports or other documents.

The study also discovered that the most infuriating trip is one with driving followed by beaches, city breaks, family trips, and bus trips. The most common argument starters were spending too much time together, spending a lot of money, too much alcohol consumption, finding a place to eat or drink, and someone pressuring to organize the day's activities.

In a bid to banish holiday heartache, Holiday Autos has launched a 24-hour Couples' Counsellor hotline offering private consultation.

Troubled vacationers will be able to get one-to-one advice over the phone until September.