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Can Vacation Flings Turn Into Real Love?

Has a Travel Fling Ever Turned Into Real Love?

Traveling can put us in a relaxed and fearless mood, making us more open to love than we normally would be. And if you make it to a foreign country, a romantic accent can easily do you in.

Now that we're well into Summer and vacation season, the Daily Mail wants to remind us that our holiday seducers might not be the real deal. A middle-aged Englishwoman's trip to the Middle East is presented as a cautionary tale. While there, she fell in love with a young Syrian tour guide, only to find out when she came back to visit that he had zero interest in her, while she still was madly in love. In this story you could replace middle-aged travelers with American study-abroad students. It's easy to get caught up in romance while traveling.

But maybe some local lovers are different. The article goes on to say that a "recent survey" showed that a third of people have a holiday romance, and apparently 10 percent of the flings lead to marriage. Say what? Since they don't really give much details about this "survey," I'll do my own: has one of your vacation flings ever turned into something more?

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TheLumbihtashi15345974 TheLumbihtashi15345974 3 years
I got back from vacation about a week ago. I went back to my parents country for the first time. The experience was unlike anything I had every seen. On new years eve, I met this guy named Frank. He is 24 and I'm 20. It was love at first sight. We hung out just about every day since then. Mind you I had left the States after being heartbroken by this guy who said he liked me, but hooked up with my best friend. So I had given up on love. Then meeting Frank changed my life. He showed me what kind of man I deserved. We had such a deep connection. My month stay was a life-changing experience. We have been officially dating for almost a month now. And even though I'm back here in the US, we are still going strong. We talk everyday and send each other love messages and pictures. We speak very frankly about the temptations of college life. But we are past the stage of living fast. I was shocked about him being past that stage. I know we women want intimacy and exclusivity more early than men. I think he has already lived as fast as he wanted to when he was younger. But being older and wiser has taught him that life is very lonely. He showed me off to his friends. I met his family. He takes me out to dinner. He holds my hand in public. he isn't afraid to kiss me in public. I am crazy about this guy and I know he feels the same. At first we feared it was infatuation. He expressed to me that at first we were in that stage, but that once you get past infatuation, you start to feel real, true love. One day, the day I was leaving he told he was passed the infatuation stage. He had class the day I was leaving, but skipped it and stayed home to make me a goodbye breakfast. He said that his heart is on fire and he has never felt this way before. That he was looking for a life partner for so long and finally found one. I couldn't agree more. I had never been in love before, but the mount our lips touched, I knew this was it. I look forward to our future and what we can produce. But regardless now I know what love feels like.
care0531 care0531 6 years
YES! I MARRIED HIM! I met my husband while on vacation and we spent almost every night together for 10 days! I never felt so strongly about someone before in my life and was suprised that he felt the same way. After 3 months of a long distance relationship I moved in with him...less then a year after that we were enganged and have now been married 9 years! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!
cotedazur cotedazur 6 years
MINE DID! I was doing a program where I was supposed to live in France for only 9 months, but I met my husband my first week here and I've never left... celebrating our 2-year wedding anniversary next week. (I guess that's not quite the same as a weeklong vacation, but still....) I know a lot of people who have met like that: one of my friends' parents met while they were both French high school students doing a spring break trip to the US, and met in New York City; they've now been married for almost 30 years. And one of my husband's coworkers met his wife while she was a flight attendant on his trip to Vietnam!! The craziest part of that story is that she didn't speak French and he didn't speak Vietnamese, so they could only converse in broken English -- but now they've been married for 7 years and have an adorable son together.
sassy_chick sassy_chick 6 years
Met him on a cruise in 2006, dated long distance, engaged in 2008, married in 2009. It can happen!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I met a woman at a bridal shower who was from an eastern european country and met her now husband during a three week business class. They have been married for three years and have a baby on the way! So romantic. My only vacation fling-ish... i found out he had a girlfriend (ex, according to him :ahem:) who he found out was pregnant when we got back to land. Sooooo not so much for me!
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 6 years
@ boredgourdles That's wonderful. You and your husband are one of the strong ones ;)
boredgourdless boredgourdless 6 years
I was my husband's vacation fling. We met while he was visiting the US, and as luck would have it, he was able to return several times that year. So he was able to carry out the pursuit. ;)
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 6 years
I guess it could. But I voted NO because mine didn't push through. My first ever travel fling happened when I was very young. He tried to contact me when I got back home but he weren't able to reach me. Long story. Mail daemon returned his emails. Then he tried to contact me through another person we met on the trip. I got his message but only months after. Sad. I guess the lesson is that these long distance things are muddy. Only the strong ones survive. I didn't mean to blab, I initially just wanted to comment on the photo you chose. I adore Before Sunset, so great choice. :-) One of my all time favorites. I guess if things are really meant to be, you'd cross paths again. But then the movie Sassy Girl says that fate is about building a bridge to the one you love. So what now? LOL.
kismekate kismekate 6 years
First of all - love this movie. Second of all, I went to the beach one summer and went jet skiing one day, to only totally fall in love with my jet ski instructor. I saw him later that night at the bar and spent a good 24 hours straight, staying up and just talking with him. I never saw him after that but wow -- I still think about him all the time.
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