One In Three Australian Couples Have Travelled Without Their Partner, A Slater And Gordon Study Shows

20/01/2016 5:47 AM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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More than one in three Australian couples have holidayed apart from each other, with women more likely to travel alone than men.

That's one of the findings of a study of 2000 couples in a married or de facto relationship by legal firm Slater And Gordon.

The study also found that while 36 percent of couples had holidayed apart, a further 8 percent would do it if the opportunity arose.

Married jewellery designer Tori Poynton told The Huffington Post Australia solo travel gave her a chance to follow her instincts.

"For me it's the freedom to go exploring and get inspired without worrying about whether your partner is enjoying themselves," Poynton said.

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"You can make your own agenda and get lost in a city and just do your own thing."

She said she'd explored Paris, Rome and New York alone but also Nepal.

"People say Paris is a very romantic city but I think it's also a great city for women," she said.

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"I loved getting lost in Paris and then when we went back together, I could show him the places I'd found.

"The Nepal was a real contrast to those bigger cities. It was confronting but one of my most favourite places in the world.

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"It helps having a supportive partner. I think it's good for the relationship. It's healthy to go and live life for a little bit and then come back and share your stories.

"Then we love to travel together as well."

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For Jaclyn Prescott, a stint of solo travel came after her boyfriend surprised her and proposed -- and she said yes.

"We'd been travelling together and after he proposed, he had to go home right away because he didn't have enough leave," Prescott said.

"I'd already planned to keep travelling to Turkey and Hungary before meeting up with my mum.

"It was really nice to miss him because it's sometimes easy to take each other for granted. Then when you come home, you can fill in your other half about all the adventures you've had.

"After he'd proposed though, it was a bit hard, because he went home with this exciting news and I made him swear to secrecy until I got back.

"I think he was so concerned he was going to spill that he didn't really see many people!"

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