Are vacations to blame for a recent surge in divorces?
One law firm says absolutely.
A study commissioned by U.K. law firm Slater and Gordon found that nearly one in five Brits admit cheating on their partners while they are away.Almost 13 per cent confessed to fooling around with someone else while they were on the getaway with their loved one, according to the survey of more than 2,000 married and divorced Britons.
The report revealed that 25 percent were unfaithful on bachelor or bachelorette party, while 34 percent cheated when away with friends and 19 percent committed adultery on a work trip.
Nearly 4 in 10 claimed their unfaithfulness was a “silly mistake” but over 20 percent said they would do it again if their partner would be none the wiser.
Amy Harris of Slater and Gordon said, “This should act as a warning to couples. What may seem like a silly holiday romance can be detrimental to a relationship.”
Those questioned cited too much alcohol and getting “carried away” while abroad as being the main reason for their infidelity.
But some admitted they strayed while on a make or break vacation to patch up ongoing relationship troubles with their partner. A third said that watching other happy couples enjoying their time away put their own relationship under the spotlight.
“Many couples experiencing trouble in their relationship will hope that time away from the stresses and strains of everyday life will solve their issues," concludes Harris.
“It takes more than a few weeks away to fix deeply rooted problems in a relationship but by taking the holiday and doing everything you can to save a marriage means that even if a couple does decide to divorce it can often been done more amicably.”