TODAY   |  August 03, 2013

Couples take last-chance vacations to save marriages

Couples on the brink of divorce are heading out on exotic vacations in a last effort to save their relationship. NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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>>> there is a new effort for couples fighting to save their marriages. they are not going to counseling. they are going on vacation. here's ayman mohyeldin.

>> 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 going this again.

>> reporter: with continued persistence from susie , tom warmed up to the idea and proposed the two take a week-long cruise together. it was an all or nothing vacation to save their marriage. a trend writers have dubbed a hail mary moon.

>> the trips are a last ditch effort in the final seconds of a relationship to 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 awakened something in the there that was dormant for years -- passion.

>> anything that two people do together that is unique to that couple can increase a sense of intimacy.

>> reporter: it takes more than exotic locations and sandy adventures to save love from divorce. sipping mojitos with her now ex-boyfriend in columbia didn't help kerry.

>> the day we landed back in new york, the arguments began again.

>> it's not magical to go to a beautiful place and the relationship is in a better place . basically you have making it better.

>> reporter: a week in isolation helped tom and susie reset an old relationship.

>> we found things that 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" ayman mohyeldin, nbc news, philadelphia.