Travel and its impact on your marriage and divorce

Travel is a lot of fun for couples who can take part in it together, but for those who spend many months apart at a time, it can weigh on the relationship. You've always been successful, and it's been necessary for you to travel. Now, your spouse is leaving you, and you think travel is to blame.

It's true that travel does have a negative effect on some relationships. Here are a few of the reasons why a travel-heavy lifestyle may have led to your divorce or separation.

1. The physical toll

It takes a physical toll on the person who is traveling, impacting his or her sleep patterns and nutrition, for example. This can lead to trouble at home if the individual is sleep deprived. Additionally, the interruption in the relationship can take time to work through.

2. Parenting struggles

If you're often away and then return only for a short time, the majority of parenting falls to the other parent. Traveling parents then may come into town as a kind of distraction or "fun" break from the norm for the kids, which causes a larger problem. The at-home parent becomes an enforcer, and he or she has to face the brunt of the responsibilities.

3. Emotional strain

Spending days or months away at a time is enough to put an emotional strain on any relationship. Isolation from your family can mean that you develop strong relationships with those you're around but don't form strong bonds with those at home, who you only speak to in person a few times a month. Since human relationships do require physical proximity, equality and other emotionally and physically supportive factors to survive, not being there can be the death note for a relationship.

Whether it's a result of travel or other factors, some relationships simply don't last. It's still possible to exit the relationship with grace and dignity.

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