Instead of buying jewelry and chocolate this Valentine’s Day, why not consider planning a trip for you and your sweetheart? Research commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association reports couples who travel together are significantly more satisfied with their relationships; enjoying better sex and improved romance long after the trip ends. I don’t think that is very surprising…we’ve all known that couples that travel together have healthier, happier relationships compared to those who don’t. So maybe, this Valentine’s Day, couples should re-think the traditional calorie-laden gifts and strengthen their relationships by planning a romantic getaway!
Research has found that:
- Couples prefer taking a short trip to exchanging tangible gifts. Nearly two-thirds of couples (63%) surveyed say a weekend getaway is more likely to spark romance than large or small gifts. Just one-third (36%) viewed receiving small gifts the same way, and only 15% rated getting big gifts like jewelry as important to improving romance.
- Traveling alone together sparks romance. More than eight in ten (83%) of those who travel regularly as a couple say the romance is still alive in their relationship, and fully seven in ten (72%) of the couples surveyed believe traveling inspires romance.
- Couples who travel together report having a better sex life than those who don’t. Three-quarters (77%) of respondents who travel as a couple say that they have a good sex life, compared to 63% of couples that do not travel together. More than one in every four couples (28%) say their sex life improved after traveling together and of those, 40% say sex together is permanently better after travel.
- Couples who travel together have more time for intimacy and sex. A majority (59%) of couples say that being more intimate is an important reason to vacation together. Among couples that did not take a trip together in the past year, nearly one in four (23%) say they “do not have enough time for intimacy and sex.”
The survey interviewed 10,000 adults and found that travel can boost romance because it allows couples time to talk, reconnect and share new experiences. It also provides a change of scenery and a break from the routine of children, chores and busy schedules. And here’s even better news: It doesn’t even have to be a super expensive getaway to work! Of course, a week on Bora Bora in a romantic overwater bungalow can totally make the earth move…but even a Saturday night in a nice hotel suite driving-distance from your home can offer a much needed opportunity to re-connect and finally check out some of the great restaurants and sights that you have been wanting to experience together. Just make sure to allow for a late checkout and breakfast in bed!!
[Speaking of…check out my blog about “staycations” from Valentine’s Day last year about exactly how to make a mini romantic vacation happen within a constrained timeline and/or budget.]
Just a reminder…Valentine’s Day is now four days away. Yes, it’s on Wednesday! Rather than panicking and visiting the local florist, chocolate shop, and/or jewelry store, start planning a trip. Even better, if you want to make it extra special, contact a travel professional to help you!
Kinship Vacations may not be able to book you a trip in time for Valentine’s Day this year, but here are a couple of last minute options for you to consider:
- Purchase a travel gift certificate with Kinship Vacations and present it in a nice card so you and your loved-one can start planning a trip.
- Fill out a trip planning form and get a free trip design consult scheduled to either surprise your loved-one with a trip or get he/she involved in the trip-planning process.
If you want your loved-one’s friends to exclaim, “I’ll have what she’s having!” I highly suggest you try out one of these options. Believe me, you will thank me later!
As always, reach out to us if you have any questions at ashley@kinshipvacations.
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