A 2017 survey conducted by the U.S. Travel Association revealed compelling data about the positive effects of travel on relationships.

Specifically, 79% of couples reported that traveling together had strengthened their bond, with 63% attributing longer relationship durations to shared travel experiences.

These findings suggest a correlation between travel and relationship durability.

Here are some more statistics. 

The Stats on How Travel Affects Your Relationship

More Satisfying Sex Life

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The benefits of traveling together extend to intimacy and companionship. According to the survey, 77% of couples who travel together reported a satisfying sex life, which is a noticeable increase from the 63% of couples who did not travel together.

Furthermore, 94% of respondents who travel as a couple noted feeling exceptionally close to their partner, compared to 86% of those who do not undertake travel together.

This data points to travel as an important factor in fostering a deeper connection between partners.

Desire for Connection

Shared experiences, such as travel, can also contribute to mutual satisfaction within a relationship.

Sixty-five percent of respondents who expressed high satisfaction in their relationships deemed vacations or weekend getaways as essential to maintaining their relationship’s health.

The desire for connection, highlighted by 72% of married individuals who emphasize talking and reconnecting as a vital aspect of vacationing together, goes beyond stereotypical portrayals of sugar babies. It underscores the universal desire for emotional and communicative bonding among couples.

More Likely to Share Aligned Goals

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The survey also outlined characteristics shared by couples who travel together.

These couples are more likely to align on their goals and desires, spend the appropriate amount of time together and apart, enjoy common hobbies and interests, manage finances agreeably, engage in fun and laughter, guide differences effectively, exhibit patience, and regard each other as best friends.

A UK travel company, sunshine.co.uk, found that most couples experienced an increase in intimate relations after a one-week vacation compared to the preceding two months at home, further emphasizing the relationship-enhancing effects of shared travel experiences.

Easier to Meet New People While Traveling Alone

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The role of travel in fostering new relationships is important, with 7 out of 10 individuals believing it is possible to fall in love by merely messaging on a dating app and 3 out of 4 having been in a committed relationship with someone they met on an app.

Furthermore, 49% of online daters reported that solo travel had been a transformative personal experience, and 20% found it easier to meet new people while traveling alone.

The findings from an Exodus Travels survey are particularly telling: 23% of respondents met their spouse during a trip, 33% experienced a vacation romance, and 25% made a best friend while traveling.

These statistics illuminate the social benefits of travel, suggesting that journeys can lead to profound personal connections.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


Source: The Stats on How Travel Affects Your Relationship

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