DALLAS, Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Does travel make people more attractive? According to a new Travelocity® survey of 1,000 active online daters, the answer is a resounding "yes". Along with this connection between travel and attractiveness, Travelocity's survey revealed a number of unexpected ways in which online travel and online dating are inextricably connected.
Recognizing this close tie, and to build upon Travelocity's commitment to helping customers get the most out of their travel experience, the iconic Roaming Gnome made an appearance on the popular dating site Tinder last month. Here, he searched for and found his ultimate travel companion, Mr. Steven Burchard, a magician and entertainer from New York City. Along with a companion, Steven and the Roaming Gnome embarked upon an epic 10 day trip to three Caribbean destinations earlier this month.
"Our survey revealed some intriguing connections between online travel and online dating," said Ashley Parker, Director of Brand Marketing for Travelocity. "While we intuitively knew that travel is an important part of many people's relationships, we were surprised at just how much of a factor that the love of travel is for choosing a potential companion."
First, for more than half (52%) of women surveyed, a love of travel is a more important attribute in a potential mate than physical attractiveness. Furthermore, while 43% of both men and women surveyed agreed that they would never date someone who doesn't love to travel, that number jumps to almost half (47%) for women.
"There are many milestones during the course of a relationship, and the first 'couple's trip' is one of the most important, as it reveals how the couple interacts while engaging with an entirely new environment," explains Parker. "Travelocity has always been focused on taking care of our customers in any situation so they can make the most out of their trip. Taking that first couples trip is a significant relationship milestone, and we are here to help ensure it goes great - whenever people feel ready to take that step."
While the vast majority of those surveyed (95%) want to travel with their romantic interest, men are far more likely to want to take the "travel plunge" early in the relationship than are women. While more than a third (34%) of men are ready for that couples trip after 3 or fewer dates, more than half (52%) of women want to wait until after at least 5 dates.
The Travelocity Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 active online daters, defined as U.S. singles ages 18-45 who go on 2 or more online dates per month, between December 20 and December 27, 2017 using an email invitation and an online survey.
Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.
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 brands.
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