MORE and more people are using holidays to patch up relationships or make up for lost time with their children, it has been revealed.
As many as 67% use sunshine breaks to bond with their partners, while 82% think holidays get them closer to family and friends, says a survey by Churchill Travel Insurance.
More than 20% say they go on holiday as that is the only quality time they get to spend with family or friends.
And 18% most look forward to holidays because breaks away give them more lovemaking opportunities.
But about one in seven admit to going on holiday because it is expected of them - and nearly 16% of women say holidays actually leave them feeling stressed.
Julie Owens, head of Churchill Travel Insurance, said:
"Instead of just a week or two of stress-free time, holidays are now relationship-building sessions."
And psychotherapist Christine Webber said:
"Being together - day in day out - on holiday with your partner can repair a relationship that isn't functioning well.
"But more commonly it exposes the cracks in it," she added.