If you’re looking for friendship or romance, it might be worth taking a trip — over a fifth of Americans met their spouse while travelling, according to new research.
23% of people in the survey said that they married someone they met while travelling and another third of people have had a “vacation romance,” and a quarter of people say that they have a bestie they met abroad.
Some people didn’t even make it to their destination, with three in ten admitting they met their person on a plane.
79% believe making new friends while travelling makes a trip better, even if they don’t stay in touch afterward. According to respondents, travel can also strengthen existing bonds.
Sixty-nine percent of people surveyed believe the right travel companion can be a make or break for the trip — and 71% have met someone while travelling who gave them a new perspective or changed their lives.
For those looking to meet new people while travelling, participating in different activities was found to be the best way.
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND BUILD CONNECTIONS WHILE TRAVELING?
- Participating in lots of different activities while travelling — 31%
- Taking group tours while travelling — 28% (tied)
- Participate in hotel events (afternoon teas, cocktails, performances) — 28% (tied)
- Being active (gym, hikes, tennis, cycling, kayaking, golf, etc.) — 27%
- At the bar or restaurant — 26%
- Use social media — 25% (tied)
- Stayed at a hotel — 25% (tied)
- On the beach — 25%
- Visiting museums or historic sites — 25%
- Went on a group tour — 24% (tied)
- Went on a cruise — 24% (tied)
- Live music — 24%
- Cooking classes or wine tastings — 24%
- Learn the local lingo — 23%
- Use an app to meet other travellers — 21%