Can a Holiday Romance Go the Distance?

Holiday romances are common when travelling, the experience can’t help but make us all a little bit more fun, flirty and open to suggestion than we normally would be.

So it’s natural that during those wonder years, months, or weeks, while having the time of our lives away from home, we are more open to falling in love. But, can holiday romances actually go the distance? Can they turn out to be something more than a bit of fun, encouraged by the laid back traveller lifestyle?

I’m a bit cynical myself, so I took my question online, to scout for some real life experiences from our Twitter followers, and got some very intriguing replies. A couple of which will warm the cockles of your heart.

Have you found long lasting love on your travels? Do you think it’s possible, or are you a bit of a non believer? Share your story with the rest of us nosey parkers in the comments box below.

Can a holiday romance really last?

Jade and Andrei

10,549 miles may seem a long way, but for me it was the most amazing year of my life. I began my journey on January 28th 2012, just me, a passport, and rather large (and over packed) backpack. Oh, and a very long plane journey to the other side of the world!

I have never been so nervous, as I waved goodbye to my parents and friends all I could think about was the 25 hour journey ahead of me and how long would I be there. A day? A month? A year?!

Thoughts were racing through my head driving me crazy, would I make friends, where would I live, and what if I ran out of money? After arriving in Australia I joined a tour group, where I met a number of people, and started my travelling adventure. During the tour I met a girl called Natalie and we decided we were going to travel together.

After visiting many different parts of Australia, and having the times of our lives, money was running low and both me and Natalie decided it was time to go back to the real world and start looking for jobs; and there was no better place to do this other than Melbourne.

I registered with a number of agencies and found work pretty quickly, I also worked for the promotions team for the hostel I lived at organising backpacking events. One Saturday night we had a ladies night event at the bar I decided to get the girls together and make it into a girls night out, that night I noticed we had a new chef in the kitchen, after a couple of drinks I decided to head to the bar where I noticed him looking out of the window, he smiled and I smiled back, giggling like a little girl!

I went back to the table and pointed him out to the girls. After his shift had finished he came over to the table and he asked what my plans were for the night, I explained we were having a girly night out but could possibly make an exception if he wanted to come along with us.

Jade and Andrei in Australia.

We had such a brilliant night and agreed we would see each other again afterwards, so a couple of days later we went on a road trip down the Great Ocean Road together, we clicked straight away and spent more and more time together over the next few weeks. Around two months later Andrei had a space free at his apartment and asked if I’d like to move in with him, it was a bit daunting at first and took a while for me to make a decision but I agreed to see how it would go, things were going brilliantly and continued to do so for the next couple of months, my parents came out to visit and again we hit the road and began travelling this time from Cairns to Singapore and then three weeks in Thailand.

When arriving back in Melbourne me and Andrei moved into a new place and things were going well, but after a few months things began to sink in and after my parents headed home to the UK I started to feel home sick and was beginning to miss my family and friends. As my visa was coming to an end, I knew this would be a hard decision if I was to go home, I had met the most amazing guy and didn’t want to throw it away, but I had made up my mind and wanted to go home for the New Year.

I sat down and talked with Andrei and explained I was missing home, he totally understood and said that he would like to come with me, he had never been to the UK so this was a new start for him too. We booked up and on the 30th December began our journey home to the UK just in time to see in the new year, and what better way could I have spent it with my boyfriend and family.

We have been back in the UK now just over a month, Andrei is settled in and we have both found new jobs. 8 months in to our relationship and I couldn’t be happier, every single one of those 10,549 miles was worth it! I would go back and do it all again tomorrow it’s only a small price to pay to find love. As they say ‘travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.’

Jordan and Millie

I’m originally from Australia but I’ve been working in the UK for a few years now. I’d decided to head home to Sydney to spend some time with family and friends for 4 weeks, and met a girl during a particularly sunny afternoon on Bondi beach about half way through my trip after my group of friends and her group of friends got talking. She was on a round the world trip and was coming to the end of a 3 month stop in Australia.

I really hit it off with Millie straight away, she completely stood out from her friends and was so much fun; she had great banter so my friends loved her which, as any guy knows, is a massive bonus!

After a couple of great weeks hanging out around Sydney she was heading off to Fiji with her friends to continue her trip, so I decided to rearrange my plans and go with her. We had a great time in Fiji together but I had to return to England for work and she had to continue on her trip. Once she was back 2 months later we met up and basically continued straight on from where we left off, we both lived in London and soon fell completely head over heels.

Not a true representation of Fiji - believe it or not...

So much so, that a year after we first met we decided to give up our jobs and head off on a mammoth trip around the world. We spent 3 and a half years on the trip of a lifetime together through North and Central America, North Africa, China, Japan, South East Asia and Indonesia before returning to the UK, it was the most incredible time and so great to be able to do it with her.

Unfortunately, once we were back in the UK things didn’t work out, I wanted to get a place of our own and start thinking about our future together, but all that time on the road had obviously made her decide she wasn’t suited to a ‘normal’ existence in the UK anymore, She broke it off just a month after we returned home and is now in India somewhere with a guy that we both met in Australia!

Louise and Stevie

Stevie who is from Edinburgh and I met (I’m from Somerset in England) on the big green bus, otherwise known as the Kiwi Experience, in New Zealand. He’s travelling the world and I’d been away for 6 weeks holiday with a uni friend.

We spent 5 awesome weeks together on the same bus travelling the Funky Chicken route in August 2012. During our time Stevie and I become really good friends, taking part in every activity possible from bungee jumps and skydives to trekking the Franz Josef Glacier, it was awesome, we had such a blast.

By the 3rd week, this crazy experience had allowed for a whole life time of amazing experiences to be crammed into such a small window of time, and it lead to us spending more and more time with each other and to begin dating.

It is odd how 3 weeks in a situation like this can amount to such a strong relationship so fast, never did I expect to fall in love in a month!

Louise and Stevie at Franz Josef Glacier.

After the 5 weeks had to come to an end, we said our tearful goodbyes in Queenstown and I carried on my travels up to Christchurch then flew to Auckland to spend time with my family, leaving him behind to carry on his last few days in New Zealand before heading off to Australia. Soon, I left Auckland and flew to Bali for a sneaky 12 days in the sun with my friend. The first few days Stevie and I were separated were tough we emailed lots and said it wasn’t the end.

Then 2 days into my time in Bali, while I was out for dinner with my friend, (desperately trying to get on the dodgy WiFi to email him back but failing) I looked around to see my friend coming back to the table with two boys behind her. I focused on the boys for a second and saw it was Stevie and his friend Andy!

They had spent just 1 day in Aus before jumping on a 12 hour flight to Bali to surprise me. I was gobsmacked. They had arranged it with my friend and I honestly didn’t have a clue. We spent 10 beautiful days together island hopping, swimming, sunbathing, eating, watching sunsets and snorkelling with turtles. It was the best time ever and sealed our relationship, saying goodbye again wasn’t half as tough as I knew he was the one and we would make it work. I mean a boy that flies to Bali for 12 hours just to see you he has got to be worth it right?!

6 months on and Stevie and I are still together and either talk on the phone or Skype all the time, and in 16 days on the 25th Feb I’m flying over to Melbourne to be with him. I’ve quit my job and have a year’s working holiday visa so I’m going to spend some time with him and then do some travelling at the same time – I can’t wait!

Well, as Meatloaf once said ‘2 out of 3 Ain’t Bad’! Thank you all for sharing your stories, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

(*disclaimer – this guarantee is actually not a guarantee at all more of a guesstimate).

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