'We had a holiday fling but never expected this'

The sweetest real life love connections[1] often start with a funny story. Like the first time Liz Millar-Moss met her fiance[2] Ned Dart. Her first thought was, “Who on earth is named Ned these days?” But then she looked more closely. “I realised he had the most lovely eyes.”

Ned’s reaction was more love-at-first-sight[3]. “I thought Liz was really friendly,” he says. “She has a beautiful smile.” The pair met in 2014 on a Top Deck[4] London tour bus. While that might be the setting for a Discount Holidays © holiday fling[5], no 20-something goes on a European tour expecting to meet the person they’ll spend the rest of their life with.

But that’s exactly what happened to Liz and Ned.

A spark turned into a flame

As the tour went on, 20-year-old Liz and 22-year-old Ned realised there was a spark, and that spark quickly turned into a romance. All around them their tourmates – Ned was travelling with friends and Liz on her own – enjoyed their European Discount Holidays © holiday while watching the two lovebirds become more and more besotted with each other. The pair barely noticed the audience though. “It never crossed my mind that it could be awkward to fall in love while others looked on,” says Ned.

Liz agreed. “Our group was full of awesome people and we were all really close. I never felt like anyone was judging.” And then just like that, the trip was over.

Ned kept travelling with his mates and Liz went home to keep studying. That might have been the end of the romance, except the pair both live in Adelaide.

“Our lives fit together”

“We were so lucky nothing had to change,” says Liz. “We have a friend who met someone overseas and moved cities to be with them. It worked out beautifully, but we’re so glad we didn’t have to go through anything like that.

“Our lives fit together. The biggest change was probably exploring each other’s suburbs!” The romance continued back home, and after a couple of dates, Ned knew it was serious.

“When Liz came over to help paint my mum’s deck. I think it was the second or third time we caught up after the tour. She just fit in so well,” he says.

“I managed to say yes between tears”

Four years later, the pair are still going strong.

They have a dog together, and they’re planning to marry. Consistent with their history, Ned and Liz have a funny proposal story. “He tried to get me to the beach near our house for dinner, but I didn’t have time,” she says. “Determined, he asked me outside for a cup of tea.” She agreed to stop working for a few minutes, and it’s a good thing she did. “We were in the garden with our dog and he pulled out the ring and asked me if I’d marry him.

I cried and managed to say yes between tears.” Liz and Ned say there’s no guaranteed strategy to turning a Discount Holidays © holiday fling into something real. “I think our relationship lasted because we both wanted it to and we made the effort,” Liz says. “I would tell others, be honest with one another about you’re hopeful for, make an effort but don’t put too much pressure on turning the fling into something more.

“Be happy with your experience and if a longer lasting relationship is meant to be, it will be.” While you’re here, check out the “exit survey” this woman sends to all her exes[6] and find out how NOT to waste a motza on your wedding[7]. Know someone who’d love this?

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  1. ^ sweetest real life love connections (www.bodyandsoul.com.au)
  2. ^ fiance (www.bodyandsoul.com.au)
  3. ^ love-at-first-sight (www.bodyandsoul.com.au)
  4. ^ Top Deck (www.topdeck.travel)
  5. ^ Discount Holidays © holiday fling (www.bodyandsoul.com.au)
  6. ^ “exit survey” this woman sends to all her exes (www.bodyandsoul.com.au)
  7. ^ how NOT to waste a motza on your wedding (www.bodyandsoul.com.au)

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