Expedia Study Reveals Americans' Attitudes Toward Travel, Romance
The 2015 Foreign Affairs Study commissioned by Expedia and dating app Tinder and conducted by global market research company GfK reveals a plethora of intriguing insights into how Americans view travel and romance.
The study, which includes feedback from more than 1,000 U.S. adults, was conducted earlier this month using an online panel based on probability that's designed to be representative of the U.S. general population rather than the online population.
If you're looking to meet someone special on your next trip, a majority of respondents (37 percent) indicated that Los Angeles boasts the most attractive dating pool, while international destinations like Rio de Janeiro (36 percent), Paris (34 percent) and Rome (32 percent) were also praised for their attractive populations.
Among the 20 frequently visited cities respondents were able to choose from, Istanbul (26 percent), Seoul (25 percent) and Hong Kong (24 percent) were said to have the least attractive dating pools.
Once they've found their significant other, 30 percent of respondents said they'd be willing to take a weekend trip within the first one to three months of dating. But only 14 percent would be willing to do so less than one month into their new relationship.
However the majority (36 percent) would need at least one year to pass before they'd be willing to travel with their partner's family.
When it comes to popping the question, survey respondents singled out Paris (46 percent) as the ideal place to propose. Rome (40 percent), Barcelona (22 percent), New York (21 percent) and Sydney (20 percent) were also popular proposal sites.
Meanwhile, the survey found that most U.S. parents are willing to travel without their children, with 93 percent of respondents with children under the age of 18 indicating they would travel without them within the same state. Nearly 80 percent said they would travel to a neighboring state without their kids, while 44 percent would be willing to travel across the country without their children.
"We've long known that travel and romance are tightly linked," said vice president and general manager of Expedia.com John Morrey in a statement. "...we learned that an overnight vacation is considered acceptable pretty early in the dating process. We also learned that once people have children, they don't want to travel without them. A third of Americans feel that children – their own children, of course – make the travel experience even more enjoyable."
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