Vacation flings, popular wisdom goes, are magical but fleeting. Many of us would rather leave them on the beach, in the mountains, or wherever they started than pursue them and risk getting heartbroken. But vacation romances can last, and you shouldn’t let something special get away just because you don’t live in the same place or didn’t originally intend to date long-term.
Be careful not to take the fact that your relationship is wonderful on vacation as evidence that it'll stay that way once your back in your daily routine. While great groups of guys and girls do go on weekend getaways, the chances of being at the same five-star resort with your future husband or wife, and finding each other there and hitting it off and continuing the romance back in snowy, slushy freezing cold, can't-get-a-cab-to-save-your-life NYC, are rare.
But that doesn't make it impossible. I proselytize this because my own relationship started off as a summer fling. I met my partner at a nightclub in Ibiza of all places, and I did not expect to see him after that night. But one LinkedIn connection, one conversation in the sand, and one night of dancing later, we were inseparable. When I left in tears, he consoled me by saying we’d see each other again. I literally said, “no we won’t” because I, too, once didn’t believe vacation romances could last. I was obviously wrong, because that was six months ago, and we’re still together.
If your relationship shows any of these signs — some from Salkin and some based on my personal experience — don’t be cynical like I was and dismiss it as a fleeting connection. Make the effort to meet again, even if it means traveling long distances, because in my experience, it’s worth it.
1. You Legit Love Each Other
It may sound out there, but you really can fall in love with someone in the time span of a short trip. My partner and I knew we loved each other two days after we met. Don’t torture yourself by cutting off a person you love. Love is what life’s all about, right? Not worth sacrificing over minor logistics.
2. You Already Feel Like You’ve Known Each Other For Ever
If you’re able to feel like you really know someone after a few days or weeks, there are two possibilities: you’re so infatuated that you’re convincing yourself you know them when you really just know your own idea of them (sorry, there’s that cynic again), or you two have a lot in common. Either way, stick around to see which is the case.
3. Your Future Plans Line Up
If you both want to travel the world one day or remain childfree or do something else not everyone does, that’s not to be taken lightly. Finding someone whose future plans line up with yours is special, even if your lives don’t seem to be quite in sync at the moment.
4. Your Friends Get Along
If you’ve had the chance to meet each other’s friends or families, pay attention to how you felt around them and vice versa. Compatibility with someone’s friends is a sign of long-term compatibility with them, too, and it shows you’d be able to fit in if you get into a relationship.
5. Saying Goodbye Was Totally Heart Breaking
It doesn’t have to be this bad, I swear! Don’t put yourself through heartbreak if it’s not totally necessary. If you feel like you’re not ready to say goodbye to someone, that’s probably because there’s still a lot you can get out of the relationship. Don’t forgo all that potential.