Couples Who Travel Together Are Stronger and Have Better Sex

Win-win.

This Valentine’s Day, don’t blow the budget on flowers or candy or for the love of god certainly not on a balloon on a stick attached to a teddy bear that you got at the drugstore on the way home. (You know who you are, and you’re on notice.)

No, if the goal is bolstering the romance in your relationship, your money is much better spent on a travel experience. According to a new Travelocity study, 56 percent of couples agree that travel is important for keeping the spark in a relationship.

And even in spite of that, 30 percent report having never been on a couples-only trip, with half of those having not done so in more than two years. So there’s certainly a gap between behavior and understanding.

“Anne and I set off on our honeymoon in January 2012, and 50 countries and five years later, we're still exploring the world. Travel is the ultimate bonding experience," said Mike Howard, half of the travel blogging duo at HoneyTrek, and a Travelocity Gnational Gnomad, in a news release about the Travelocity study. "Exploring exotic places, trying new things, sharing the thrills of adventure... that's what memories are made of."

The survey also revealed that the average couple spends about six hours each week of designated so-called ”couples time," and of that time, they considered roughly 12 percent to be "romantic." That works out to just seven minutes per day. Not a very impressive figure, nor one conducive to building deeper bonds or even having sex.

Another recent study, conducted last year by Match.com, found that singles who like to travel were more likely to have had sex in the year, more likely to have had multiple orgasms, and more likely to have had sex in public than people who don't like to travel.

So it appears, if it’s steamier sex and deeper romance you’re after, booking a trip can be a great place to start. Then, just hang that do-not-disturb sign on the door and see what happens.

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