I'm lucky in that my companion enjoys cycling and touring, but two weeks is about her limit as she works. I on the other hand have retired and assumed many of the domestic chores from cooking and cleaning to walking the pooch daily. My dream, since I was laid off in 2007, is to attempt a 4-6 month tour of Europe, but am afraid I would feel real guilty knowing I've essentially abandoned her for that period. She plans to work for another 5 years or so, and even if she were to retire now (which would only happen if the company laid her off) it doesn't appear she would enjoy a tour anywhere near that length.
So I am wondering how other solo tourists that are in a committed relationship and whose partner is not able to join them on extended tours have resolved the issues. Thanks for your comments.