Good news for
lovebirds planning to fly the coop this Valentine’s Day: a survey by the US Travel Association has found that couples who travel
together have better
relationships and better sex than those who don’t.
travel together have healthier, happier relationships compared to those who do
not travel together,” said
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association.
survey, released 7 February, interviewed 1,100 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.
long known anecdotally, we're now proving through authoritative research:
travel has a positive effect on relationships," Dow said.
kindles romance. A whopping 83% of couples who travel together said that romance
is still alive in their relationship; while 72% said travelling inspires
would rather take a short trip together than exchange presents. Almost 63% of
couples surveyed said a short getaway was more likely to spark romance than a
together improves sex. More than three-quarters of respondents who travel
together, or 77%, said they had a good sex life, compared with just 63% of
those who do not travel together. Some 28% of couples said their sex life
improved after travelling together. Almost 60% of couples said being more
intimate is an important reason to travel together.
So where can
couples go to rev up the romance-factor? Hotwire.com
put together a list of five romantic US destinations perfect for couples to
visit on a weekend away.
First on the
list is New York City, where couples can engage in such romantic activities as
renting paddleboats at Central
Park’s Loeb Boathouse, ice skating at Rockefeller Center during winter,
and enjoying sunsets from the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
also lists family-friendly Orlando, Florida, as couple-friendly. Partners visiting
this Disney-centric city can take a gondola
ride through downtown or enjoy a romantic stroll through the Kraft
Azalea Gardens in nearby Winter Park. Better yet,
newlyweds can stop by the guest relations desks at Disney World theme parks for
a set of badges that read “Just Married” for special perks like free drinks.
promises a sexy time at number three on the list, whether it’s strolling by the
Tower, taking in a fountain show at the Bellagio
or savouring a gondola ride
at the Venetian.
Chicago, offers up romantic potential with a ride on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel or a leisurely
cruise around Lake
out Hotwire’s list is San Francisco, where the travel site advises couples to
have a wine-and-cheese picnic in Golden
Gate Park or see the hills of the city on one of its famous cable cars.