Honestly, we didn’t really need yet another reason to go on a trip. Contrary to when we have to go to work or when we have to participate in some other obligation, travelling doesn’t usually feel like a chore. On the contrary. It’s something we look forward to for months, something we wish we could do every day, a very welcome change from our daily routine. Yet even though as we said we didn’t need another reason to go on holiday, we’ve just found a very important one. Because apparently, travelling gives our libido a boost.
According to a study carried out by Expedia, about 6 percent of the 31 million interviewed respondents saw an improvement in their sex lives during and after their trip. This might surprise you at first but actually, there’s a very good explanation to be found. As we tend to relax more when we’re on holiday, we tend to produce less of the stress hormone cortisol. After all, it’s difficult to worry when you’re next to the pool with a cocktail in your hand or when you’re diving into a clear blue ocean, surrounded by wonderful creatures. Consequently, you’re libido gets a boost.
Nowhere to go, all the time in the world
“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”, Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, author of the study, explains.
And she’s not wrong. Our modern lives are usually pretty busy. We go to work, do all kinds of household chores, take care of the kids, try to keep our social lives on point and even do an attempt at keeping in shape. It’s a busy world and that means: no time for sex. On holiday, however, we’ve suddenly got plenty of time and nowhere to be.
Moreover, aside from producing less cortisol, there’s another scientific reason why our libido gets a boost from holidays. Especially sunny ones. Because our body gets more sunlight, we often produce less melatonin. Resulting in more energy and more optimism. And what does one do with all that extra energy? Right. Ready to book your next trip?