Are You Ready for a Sex­ca­tion?

There’s a rea­son hol­i­day sex is so good – at least five of them, ac­tu­ally. Now bring that ex­cite­ment home every day

Men's Health (Australia) - - Contents - BY ANNE RODERIQUE-JONES

Spice up your re­la­tion­ship by pick­ing the hottest des­ti­na­tions for your next get­away.

I CAN AT­TRIBUTE my happy mar­riage to a dis­as­trous train ride in France. Or the time we sank our rental car in a muddy river in Costa Rica. Or that flight on a Mex­i­can air­line that went out of busi­ness while we were in the air, strand­ing us in Aca­pulco. But these weren’t fail­ures – they were ex­pe­ri­ences.

Trav­el­ling with a part­ner can lead to some great mem­o­ries, many with an R rat­ing – or at least a rom-com glow. A US Travel As­so­ci­a­tion sur­vey con­firms that hol­i­days can strengthen re­la­tion­ships, help cou­ples com­mu­ni­cate and re­duce the odds of divorce. Es­cap­ing from work, laun­dry and kids is lib­er­at­ing. Add in moun­tain views or salt air, and new sen­sa­tions help “bring you into your body”, says re­la­tion­ship coach Ce­leste Hirschman. It all aids sex­ual arousal.

Your brain loves to travel. “Va­ri­ety and ad­ven­ture open up the dopamine re­sponse,” says sex coach Patti Brit­ton. That flow of feel­good hor­mones brings a sense of ex­cite­ment that most cou­ples lose over time.

These trips stand out for me and my part­ner, Nate. No need to copy them ex­actly; use them as in­spi­ra­tion. With a lit­tle plan­ning, you won’t need a lot of money – or, in some cases, clothes.

poke pic­nics and cool­ing swims. We even took a surf­ing les­son. By evening, we drank wine on the lanai and googled real es­tate we couldn’t af­ford.

THE TAKE­AWAY Sen­sory over­load. As beau­ti­ful as Hawaii looks, its smells and sounds are equally as­tound­ing. “Chang­ing your sen­sory in­put can be quite stim­u­lat­ing,” Brit­ton says, es­pe­cially if your home base is a city like, say, Canberra. Flow­ers, salty ocean air and crash­ing surf com­bine to cre­ate pure bliss. As for vis­ual stim­uli, watch­ing wa­ter droplets trac­ing her curves on the beach can make your mind wan­der to the fun times you will have back at the ho­tel room, says psy­chol­o­gist Benna Strober.

DO IT YOUR­SELF Cruise the Great Ocean Road for its fine beaches and easy ac­cess from the East Coast. There’s also Noosa, By­ron Bay and Torquay. To travel in style, splurge at the car rental agency: Europ­car has a range that in­cludes Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar. Or get two (or more) other cou­ples to split the cost of a small pri­vate jet from Adagold Avi­a­tion. (Go to adagold.

com.au to re­quest a quote.) Warn­ing: you may never be will­ing to fly cat­tle class again.

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