NEW YORK (MainStreet) At first glance, it's not exactly a shocker when Americans say they link vacations with happiness.
Of course they do, and in big numbers. Expedia , the Bellevue, Wash., online travel firm says that 86% of U.S. love their vacations because they make them happy.
Evidently, the more one vacations, the sunnier their disposition. Expedia says that those "happy" trip-takers are more likely to take three or more vacations annually.
But it goes further. Here are five surprising superlatives about travel:
It's better than the happiest day of your life. U.S. adults who take a regular vacation say their trips make them happier than their marriages, weddings, birthdays and religions. Vacations even surpass the happiness associated with owning a cat among U.S consumers, Expedia says. "I love my husband, and I love my cat, but like most Americans, I love them both more when I'm on the beach with my husband of course, not the cat," says Sarah Gavin, a travel expert at Expedia.com.
Travel means better sex. According to the Expedia Travel Index (and let's never forget that Expedia wants you to travel that's why it's in business), sex is better away from home. More than 88% of U.S. Travel consumers say they have more physical intimacy and better sex while on vacation, and that loving feeling doesn't go away soon; Expedia says the romantic lives of constant vacationers are improved for up to four years after a trip ... but only as long as you keep taking those vacations.