When deciding upon the perfect Valentine’s gift for that special someone, many people first think of chocolate, flowers or jewelry. However, the best gift may be one that can’t be put into a box – travel.

According to a recent survey conducted for Travelocity®, over half (56%) of respondents currently in a relationship think that a romantic getaway is important to keeping a “spark” in that relationship. But with 30% having never been on a couples only trip and with half of those who have having not done so in over two years, too many couples aren’t taking their own advice.

“Anne and I set off on our honeymoon in January 2012, and 50 countries and 5 years later, we’re still exploring the world. Travel is the ultimate bonding experience,” said Mike Howard, half of the travel blogging duo at HoneyTrek, and a Travelocity Gnational Gnomad. “Exploring exotic places, trying new things, sharing the thrills of adventure…that’s what memories are made of.” His partner Anne Howard added, “While multi-year trips aren’t for everyone, it’s important to take the time to enjoy each other’s company in fresh and exciting ways. Traveling, be it for a weekend getaway each month or a couple of big trips a year, will definitely add that spark.”

…the average couple spends around 6 hours per week of “couples time,” and of that, they considered roughly 12% of that time to be “romantic.” That’s only about 7 minutes per day!

The Travelocity survey also revealed that the average couple spends around 6 hours per week of “couples time,” and of that, they considered roughly 12% of that time to be “romantic.” That’s only about 7 minutes per day! To help couples needing more of that romantic “alone time,” Travelocity’s hotel experts have combed through their data to determine the US cities that boast the highest number of lodging options described as “romantic.” These cities (or areas) are:

1. New York City
2. Miami
3. Los Angeles
4. Chicago
5. New Orleans
6. Boston
7. Napa Valley
8. San Francisco
9. San Diego
10. Florida Keys

Between now and Valentine’s Day, Travelocity makes it easy to find and book a romantic hotel in one of these cities at http://travelocity.us/romanticcities where travelers can also find a coupon for $20 off of a $100 romantic adventure such as a gondola ride in Venice or a sunset balloon tour in San Diego. Terms apply. See https://www.travelocity.com/g/rf/20red for details. And to create the perfect itinerary, Travelocity has enlisted the help of its Gnational Gnomad community of travel experts to get tips on the most romantic things to do in some of these cities. These expert ideas can also be found at https://www.travelocity.com/inspire/romantic-destinations/.

Survey Methodology:
This online survey was conducted in the U.S. by OnePoll on behalf of Travelocity in the United States between December 5, 2016 and December 8, 2016 among 1,000 adults aged 18+. Panelists were selected and invited to participate at random from a double-opted in and fully managed online research panel. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

OnePoll is a corporate member of ESOMAR and employs members of the MRS, employing standards that adhere to the MRS code of conduct. OnePoll is an online market research company and corporate member of ESOMAR that adheres to the MRS code of conduct and employs members of the MRS.

Established in 2005, OnePoll conducts quantitative and qualitative research providing consumer insights to brands, charities, and organizations daily.

About Travelocity
Travelocity encourages travelers to “Wander Wisely™” and is dedicated to being the champion of the customer with its Customer 1st Guarantee, making the traveling experience both simple and memorable with competitive prices, 24/7 customer service and more. Based in Dallas, Texas, Travelocity is owned by Expedia, Inc., one of the world’s leading travel companies, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes many of the world’s leading online travel properties.

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Keith Nowak