Love, lust and travel: A survey of American romance on the road

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What’s on your mind when you travel? Sure, you want to see the sights… but sometimes those sights are sitting right across the aisle from you in 16C. So what do you do? A.) Instantly regret your baggy sweatpants, compression socks-and-sandal combo and avoid direct eye contact. B.) Give him or her a coy look and settle in for a movie. OR C.) Send the sexy stranger a drink and start doing some rudimentary mental measurements of the airplane bathroom. More people may be choosing C.) than you might think.

We surveyed more than 1,000 Americans on their love, lust and hooking up habits while on the road. Do you flirt more when you’re in vacation mode? Would you hook up with someone you met during your travels? Are you up for joining the infamous Mile High Club? Or, have you already? – Your secret’s safe with us… 😉

Flying the (very) friendly skies

We’ve seen the bathroom on most commercial flights, and there isn’t a lot of room to err, stretch. But joining the Mile High Club (bragging rights for getting it on at 30,000 feet) remains an elusive box to check on the bucket lists of many American fliers with 33 percent interested in pursuing membership (43 percent of men vs. 22 percent of women). And, as for those who can say they’ve done it, 9 percent of men and 2 percent of women lay claim to the distinction.

Respect your elders

While 50 percent of respondents aged 25-35 aspire to this high-flying feat, it is the senior set who have been there, done that. The highest percentage of Mile High Club members are 65 and older, proving that with age comes experience (and also that the ’60s and ’70s were a truly swinging time in the skies).

Not single, but still ready to mingle

Would you believe 11 percent of Americans have pretended to be single while traveling? Better to believe us than that hottie by the pool with the ring tan: Men are twice as likely as women to fib about their relationship status on vacation (14 percent vs. 7 percent).

True romance

But don’t let that discouraging stat deter you from using your vacay as your personal Tinder buffet. A vacation fling could be the real thing – we have the proof. Nearly 45 percent said they would be open to dating someone they met on a trip, and 10 percent of Americans have had a vacation fling turn into a real relationship.

Get away to get it on

There’s just something about a hotel room that makes you feel a little bit sexier. Maybe it’s the anonymity, or the fact that you aren’t responsible for changing the sheets. Either way, 45 percent of Americans are more in the mood when they travel (47 percent of men vs. 42 percent of women). But why keep it only in the bedroom? You’re there to fully experience a new place, after all. Whether it’s a secluded strip of sandy beach or some other undisclosed location, 33 percent of Americans have made love somewhere unconventional while traveling (38 percent of men vs. 29 percent of women).

What’s in your carry-on?

Like you were taught as a kid, it’s best to always be prepared. More than a quarter of Americans seem to have taken that advice to heart (and libido), with 28 percent admitting to packing (or purchasing) something to spice up vacation romance. Women finally pull ahead of the men on this one, with 30 percent of the ladies (vs. 25 percent of men) packing smart for a particularly unforgettable getaway.

Love, lust and travel: A survey of American romance on the road

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Love, lust and travel: A survey of American romance on the road was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Amanda Festa
Author: Amanda Festa (338 posts)

Amanda is a Boston-based writer who loves to travel and believes planning her next adventure is half the fun. Amanda is a Content and Social Media Executive at Cheapflights.