Need a Gift to Reignite that Spark this Valentine’s Day?

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!

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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 passion 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 essential 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.”

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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 post 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!

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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 hello@kinshipvacations.

 

Happy Wanderlusting!

Ashley

 

P.S. To keep receiving travel tips and inspiration and a FREE GUIDE, “10 Ways to Strengthen Relationships Through Travel” CLICK HERE

 

 

 

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