Because chocolate melts and flowers die

love is in the air

Phew a few days with warmer temperatures, feels like a heat wave.  I think we could all use a break from the cold weather. Unfortunately, my week did not go as planned.  I was suppose to attend a conference in Washington DC but flu invaded our house this week. I am forever grateful for my flexible job so I can stay home and care for my little ones but also work.  There will always be more events to attend later!

I know this is hard to believe but did you know Valentine’s day is next Thursday? Attention to those who feel the need to buy jewelry and chocolate every Valentine's Day, instead why not consider planning a trip for you and your sweetheart? Research commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association reports couples who travel together are significantly more satisfied with their relationships; enjoying better sex and improved romance long after the trip ends. I don’t think that is very surprising...we’ve all known that couples who travel together have healthier, happier relationships compared to those who don’t. So maybe, this Valentine’s Day, couples should rethink the traditional calorie- laden gifts and strengthen their relationships by planning a romantic getaway!

Scientific research (by the US Travel Association) has found that:

  • Couples prefer taking a short trip over exchanging tangible gifts - Nearly two- thirds of couples (63%) surveyed say a weekend getaway is more likely to spark romance than large or small gifts. Just one-third (36%) viewed receiving small gifts the same way, and only 15% rated getting big gifts like jewelry as important to improving romance.

  • Traveling  together as a couple sparks romance – More than eight in ten (83%) of those who travel regularly as a couple say the romance is still alive in their relationship, and fully seven in ten (72%) of the couples surveyed believe traveling inspires romance.

  • Couples who travel together have more time for intimacy – A majority (59%) of couples say that being more intimate is an important reason to vacation together. Among couples that did not take a trip together in the past year, nearly one in four (23%) say they "do not have enough time."

The survey interviewed 10,000 adults and found that travel can boost romance because it allows couples time to talk, reconnect and share new experiences. It also provides a change of scenery and a break from the routine of children, chores and busy schedules. And here’s even better news: It doesn’t even have to be a super expensive getaway to work! Of course, a week on Bora Bora in a romantic overwater bungalow can totally make the earth move...but even a Saturday night in a nice hotel suite driving-distance from your home can offer a much needed opportunity to re- connect and finally check out some of the great restaurants and sights that you have been wanting to experience together. Just make sure to allow for a late check-out and breakfast in bed!!

So once again, travel is the answer! I am always reminded of the quote, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”. Valentine’s Day is next Thursday...are you panicking and tempted to visit the local florist, chocolate shop and/or jewelry store again this year? Do you want your dear one's friends to exclaim "I'll have what she's having!"? Why not call your favorite travel professional for some great ideas? Believe will thank me later!

It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.
— Anonymous