TODAY | August 01, 2013
>>> now to a trend that seems to be growing among some couples who want to wrestle their marriages away from the jaws of divorce. they're calling it the hail mary move.
>> reporter: it's a reality no couple wants to face, but after 18 years of marriage, tom and susie were there. he moved out. she started dating. they were heading towards a divorce until susie thought, why not give it one last chance?
>> the first reaction was no. no, no, no, not doing this again.
>> reporter: but with continued persistence from susie , tom warmed up to the idea and proposed the two take a weeklong cruise together. it was an all or nothing vacation to save their marriage. a trend writer carrie stein has dubbed a hail mary move.
>> these trips are a last-ditch effort in the final seconds of a relationship to sort of snatch victory from divorce.
>> reporter: more and more couples are finding the key to happiness and love is on the road. deb and dave, travel bloggers, say their relationship was in a rut until a trip to thailand awoke something in them that had been dormant for years -- passion.
>> anything that two people do together that is unique to that couple can increase a sense of intimacy.
>> reporter: but it takes more than exotic locations and sandy adventures to save love from divorce. and sipping mojitos with her now ex-boyfriend in colombia didn't help carrie either.
>> the day that we landed back in new york, the arguments began again. it's not magical. you go to a beautiful place, your relationship is in a better place . basically, you have to intend on making it better.
>> reporter: but a week in isolation helped tom and susie reset an old relationship with some new lessons.
>> we learned things through our separation that worked, worked for us individually, and worked for us as a family.
>> reporter: a family now stronger than ever with a slightly newer appreciation.
>> i want to travel more.
>> reporter: for "today," nbc news, philadelphia.
>> that's a good idea. just stay on vacation forever.
>> don't come back to the reality of the world.
>> that's it.
>> for every success story on a trip like that, i bet there are some very awkward trips.
>> sometimes vacation can add to certain stressors.
>> we're going to add to your awkward series.
>> a whole awkward half hour. what the heck?
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