Anyone in a long-term relationship will tell you that they can be pretty hard work sometimes; with the spark fading the longer you’ve been together. (Featured image by lynnz28)
But rather than pay for some expensive and potentially awkward relationship counselling, we have a far more enjoyable way to put the oomph back in your relationship – get travelling!
Research has found that travelling together will boost a couple’s intimacy and can even spice things up in the bedroom.
A poll of more than 1,000 travellers, commissioned by the US Travel Association, found that travel can rekindle romance and intimacy which lasts long after you get home.
More than eight out of ten couples who travel together said that romance is alive and kicking in their relationship, while 72 per cent said they thought travel inspires romance.
“What we’ve long known anecdotally, we’re now proving through authoritative research: travel has a positive effect on relationships,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association.
“Couples who travel together have healthier, happier relationships compared to those who do not travel together.
It seems that a bit of travelling is far more likely to rekindle romance than a special gift, as nearly two thirds of the couples surveyed said that a weekend getaway is more likely to put the spark back into a relationship than a small or large present.
Not only that, but more than three quarters of couples who travel together claim to have, let’s say, a good relationship in the bedroom – compared to 63 per cent of couples who do not travel together.
“Couples who take time to vacation alone together at least once each year report happier, healthier relationships overall compared to those who do not travel as couples,” said Pam Loeb, head of Edge Research, which carried out the survey.