Is arguing on your honeymoon a good sign for your marriage?

IT'S supposed to be the most romantic holiday you ever take.

That first trip away, fresh after confirming you intend to spend the rest of your life loving and cherishing this person - in sickness or in health, in poverty or in wealth.

However a recent survey of 1004 Australian adults has indicated that for one quarter of people, the honeymoon isn't all that sweet.

In responding to the survey, which was commissioned by, 25 per cent of those asked confirmed they fought with their partner on their honeymoon.

And while most said the argument wasn't serious - 7 per cent indicted it was.

Paradoxically 90 per cent also said they liked their partner more after the trip than before it.

But then that may not be as contradictory as it seems on face value.

As relationship expert Dr Pam Spurr told the Huffington Post in 2012, arguments can often be a sign of the strength of relationship - not an indicator that things are on the rocks.

"The way in which you argue signals so much about a relationship. The wise couple acknowledges this and keeps an eye on how they treat each other over disagreements," Dr Spurr said.
"Subconsciously bickering demonstrates you care about each other even if while bickering you feel annoyed towards your partner. For instance, it shows that you do want your partner to drink less and look after their health. Or you do want them to be on time so that neither of you are stressed out when you have places to be and things to do, etc.
"Even a proper argument can be constructive by clearing the air and letting you vent deep and truthful feelings about genuine disagreements."

However if you're thinking that a trip away and possibly a big fight by the beach may be the best way to save your marriage, then there's some depressing news for older readers.

The survey found holiday therapy was more effective for younger couples - with those in their 20s and 30s more likely to say they felt a trip away with their partner had strengthened their relationship.

In terms of the most popular type of holiday - the results indicated this varies with age.

For over-55s, 27 per cent believed a cruise was the best type of holiday to help build a relationship followed by beachside holiday - which 20 per cent thought was the best option.

Couples in their 30s and 40s agree on a beachside holiday, while 29 per cent said their first preference was a sightseeing holiday.

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