Here’s Why Travel Improves Your Sex Life, And 4 Other Reasons to Hit the Road Right Now

Pack your bags and get some.

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Is your sex life a little dull? Is it lacking a certain pizzazz that it definitely used to possess, but no longer does? Does your bored, flaccid penis need a little kick? Well, my friend, it might be time for you to pack your bags and go on a little trip right. now.

We all know that monotony isn’t very good for us — especially when it comes to our sex lives. Going through the same routine every single day of your waking life can really take a toll, and is actually one of the main reasons why people end up cheating. And that’s not good.

And that’s exactly why you need to break out of your boring old routine and go on vacation right now. It’ll make you (and every aspect of your life) so much happier, healthier, and most importantly, sexier.

Need a little convincing? I gotchu. Here are four major reasons why treating yourself to a vacation is one of the best things you can do for yourself, all backed by scientific studies, because everything seems more legit that way. 

1. Travel improves your sex life.

According to a massive study by Expedia, traveling helps you have more sex, feel younger, more confident, and even helps you lose weight!

The study surveyed over 31 million people who had traveled in the past year, and found that 81 percent of participants said they felt better after going on vacation. No duh.

46 percent said they felt more relaxed, 42 percent felt happier, and 35 percent reported being less stressed. But most importantly, 6 percent said they had higher sex drives after their trip, which is very good news.

When you travel, your levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, drop, which translates to better well-being, and consequently, a higher libido.

The author of the study, Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, says: “You’re free to do as much or as little as you like, which in turn makes you feel more relaxed. This can help reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

“As stress and anxiety decreases, mood increases—bringing many, often unexpected, positive benefits in how we perceive ourselves, motivation and productivity, and our general outlook on life.”

2. It makes you healthier.

A study from the U.S. Travel Association found that people who travel at least once a year have a significantly lower risk of heart disease and premature death — some as much as 30 percent.

This decrease is likely due to the fact that you’re walking around more, you’re more active, and you’re way happier than you usually are at home, because you didn’t bring any of the bullshit and responsibilities of your adult life with you. The combination of increased physical activity and mental benefits of being on vacation means that you are one happy, healthy camper.

And speaking of mental health benefits…

3. Your mental health will improve, too.

When you think about it, lower cortisol levels, a brighter, sunnier disposition, and all of the other joys that come from vacationing mean your mental health is getting pampered, rejuvenated, and revived. Nice.

A study conducted at Cornell University concluded that “consumers derive value from anticipation, and that value tends to be greater for experiential than for material purchases,” meaning that when we spend money on experiences, like a vacation, it makes us a lot happier than if we were to buy a new TV, or something.

The study also found that going on vacation instantaneously brightens our mood, and the mood-lifting benefits last weeks after we return home.

4. It’ll help you sleep better.

Even the mildest form of insomnia is incredibly frustrating, and tossing and turning all night and not sleeping enough leaves you mentally and physically spent. Nobody’s happy when they’re tired.

It’s common knowledge that sleep deprivation can cause weight gain, mood swings, shitty memory, as well as erectile dysfunction. But why suffer when you can just go on vacation and solve your problems?

According to a study from the University of Colorado’s Sleep Lab, something as simple as a weekend camping trip is enough to reset your circadian rhythm, and the insomniacs in the study were able to sleep more than 10 hours each night after the trip.

Additionally, the participants’ bodies had also reset their melatonin levels, which is crucial for getting to sleep, and staying asleep.

The director of the Sleep Lab suggests everyone should start “getting more natural sunlight, and that could be starting the day with a walk outside, or bringing more light indoors if you can, or sitting by a window.”  

Plus, when you sleep better, your sex life will thank you. In her book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, Arianna Huffington goes in depth about how being sleep deprived can take a serious toll on your sex life, and how catching more Z’s “can actually be an alternative to Viagra.”

With that said, if you add two and two together, it’s easy to see that the answer to all of your problems is just a plane ticket away. 

Bon voyage!

H/T: Uproxx