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Travelling Together May Lead the Way to a Better Sex Life With Your Partner

Update Date: Feb 07, 2013 04:21 PM EST

Forget the dinner, cards, flowers and chocolate, why not take your lover on a trip this Valentine's Day? That is only if you're looking to boost your relationship and your sex life.

New research reveals that couples who travel together are in better relationships and have better sex compared to those who don't.

The new survey conducted by the U.S. Travel Association found that people who take their significant others on trips are significantly more satisfied with their relationships, have better sex and enjoy more romance even long after the trip ends.

"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," researcher Pam Loeb said in a news release.

She and her colleagues conducted a telephone survey of 1,100 adults and found that nearly two-thirds of couples say that a weekend trip is more likely to spark romance in their relationship than a gift, and 72 percent think traveling inspires romance.

The survey also revealed that 77 percent of couples who travel together say they have a good sex life compared to 63 percent of those who don't travel together. Nearly a third of couples at 28 percent say that they sex life actually improved after traveling together, and of those couples nearly half or 40 percent say that the improvement was permanent.

"What we've long known anecdotally, we're now proving through authoritative research: travel has a positive effect on relationships," Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said in a statement.

"Couples who travel together have healthier, happier relationships compared to those who do not travel together," he said, adding that this Valentines Day, people should think about strengthening their relationships by taking a trip together.

"When you're away all of a sudden the e-mails don't happen, neighbors don't knock on the door, and the dog doesn't have to be walked, and you get to spend more time together," Dow said, according to USA Today.

Even traveling with your partner or spouse on business trips has a positive impact on relationships, according to the survey.

"People don't realize that being a frequent flier (and) road warrior is a very lonely life," says Tamara Hall, a consultant in Bozeman, Montana, told USA Today. "When we travel together, it cuts the work and stress in half."

The poll also found that traveling together promotes longevity in the relationship after revealing that 84 percent of couples who traveled together made it past the five-year mark in their relationships while only 76 percent of those who don't made it past five years.

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