Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Travel as a Couple—You’ll Talk (and Do Other Things) More

A couple traveling together, alone, without kids, other couples, grandma or pets, has long been one of the most romantic ways to spend time together. And now, there's a bit of research to prove it.

The U.S. Travel Association recently surveyed 1,100 adults and found couples that travel as couples communicate better and also have a better ... ahem ... sex life.

The report said travel outpaced other shows of appreciation for each other by wide margins. For example, nearly twice and many people say travel sparks romance faster and better than small gifts. Getting away from it all together sparks communication, intimacy and dreaming. Traveling couples say they share not just emotionally, but also practically, as they tend to handle money discussions and differences well. Travel buddies also report being best friends.

Vacation rentals make the perfect romantic getaway. After all, if you head to a resort or hotel, you'll have lots of prying eyes and not feel alone at all. A private, perhaps even secluded, beach bungalow or villa means you can enjoy all the alone time you need. And you can book a place with the amenities you want to make your stay enjoyable. Imagine a week alone in a vacation rental with your spouse or significant other.

So if you're looking for a special Valentine's Day gift, why not let your loved one know you'll be spending a week together, alone, in a private vacation rental in a romantic city or on a secluded beach.