It should be painfully obvious to most couples that switching up their environment would undoubtedly lead to rekindling a lost flame, but the problem is, most couples simply don't make the time to go away! Go ahead and make excuses about work, or money, or the kids, but seriously, packing a bag and hopping on a plane isn't just beneficial for your mental, it's beneficial for your physical too! Shouldn't that be convincing enough? No? Not yet? Alright, alright, let me through some professional advice your way then.
According to a report in Psychology Today written by professor and chair of the Counseling, Adult and Higher Education department at Northern Illinois University, Suzanne Degges-White, traveling with your partner, and specifically vacation-sex, is CRUCIAL for any relationship.
"When two romantic partners are somewhat “stuck” in a relationship pattern jump into a new adventure, they have the opportunity to jump into a new way to relate to one another. If they are on an adventure that takes them into the wilds or backcountry, they may need to rely on each other in ways that they previously have not. If they go on a museum trek, they can learn about the tastes and aesthetics of one another. Even if they are parents, but decide to do an adult vacation to Disney’s Magic Kingdom alone together, they can choose to spend the days on “their” favorite activities rather than taking the kids’ needs into consideration."
"There are some important ways that the novelty of being away from home primes the sexual engines. For one, the hotel environment usually is designed to let people forget who they are in their “real lives.” There is an anonymity to even the most tastefully decorated inns and hotels. There is nothing that you will need to clean or dust or straighten – you are free from even worrying about household chores and this lets our brains relax and our bodies de-stress. These physiological changes increase receptiveness to sexual engagement."
"For the relationship, itself, it is definitely likely that each travel adventure you and your partner share will positively influence the relationship.Travel is a transformative experience that changes individuals and relationships on multiple levels. You learn how you respond to the unexpected and you learn how your relationship can be used as a resource in novel situations."
To read the full study, head HERE