Food just tastes better when you’re on vacation. And talk about a good night’s sleep. When you’re not charged with making the bed, cleaning the bathtub and making dinner, suddenly you can sleep better. That’s not all a vacation can alter for the positive; intimacy and overall happiness get the same kind of boost, too.
A 2013 poll of more than 2,000 U.S. travellers by the travel website Expedia determined that couples that vacation together three or more times a year not only say they’re happier overall, but they also tend to report greater satisfaction with their sex life and their personal relationships. They aren’t just contented and more satisfied, though; they’re also more likely to have sex when they’re away from home. A whopping 91 percent of those polled said that they are more likely to be intimate when they travel somewhere new. If you’re a couple that has kids you boost the pleasure principle even further when you leave the kids with grandma.
Travel doesn’t just offer an energy boost in personal relationships, though. It may even reinvigorate job satisfaction. The poll found a positive association between job satisfaction and taking an annual vacation. By contrast, those people who hadn’t taken a vacation in five years reported discontent with their jobs.
You don’t need to book an expensive jaunt to the south of France to cure an intimacy slump, or simply a case of the work-life gloomies. In fact, a weekend away somewhere warm and sunny will do the trick. Most of the happy (and frisky) couples polled took relatively inexpensive four-day trips.
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