Health Benefits of Resting and Relaxing in a Romantic Destination


Almost everyone wants to take a romantic getaway to a romantic destination for rest and relaxation with a loved one. Plenty of research shows that these kinds of vacations benefit our bodies as much as our minds. Here are three ways to think about resting and relaxing in a romantic destination:

Benefits of Rest In a Romantic Destination

Rest is generally described as taking a break to recover mentally and physically. Most often, rest occurs while sleeping. People who get adequate sleep tend to have better health than those who are sleep deprived. Among the benefits of adequate sleep are improved functioning of the immune system, better memory, and less susceptibility to inflammation. Lack of sleep, by contrast, is associated with greater sensitivity to stress, reduced sociability, reduced mood and optimism, and reduced libido. Not only is adequate rest necessary generally, but it can be especially important to include rest when planning vacation activities in a romantic destination where any disruption to sociability, mood, or libido could disrupt the entire romantic vacation.

Benefits of Relaxation In a Romantic Destination

Relaxing, while related to rest, is different. Relaxation is generally described as engaging in enjoyable activities to rejuvenate. People who relax deal better with adversity, make better decisions, and feel better about their health and happiness.

Benefits of Taking Romantic Vacations With A Loved One

Spending time with a loved one has many direct benefits. Nearly 90% of people believe that massage is beneficial to both health and wellness. Not surprisingly, science supports this belief. Human touch triggers a release of serotonin and oxytocin in the brain, reduces blood pressure, and lowers heart rate. Serotonin tends to improve mood, lower anxiety, and raise self-esteem. Oxytocin, also called the "love hormone," is associated with increased bonding and sensitivity to social cues. Human touch also reduces cortisol, the "stress hormone." Reduced levels of cortisol are associated with reduced blood pressure, blood sugar, and inflammation and, interestingly, reduced cravings for carbohydrates and fats, which means that human touch can help a person maintain a healthy weight.

In addition to mental and physical effects, spending a romantic vacation with a loved one also has positive emotional and relationship effects. Eighty four percent of couples who travel together believe they communicate well with their partners compared to 73% of couples who do not travel together, according to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association survey. Moreover, people in a marriage or other strong relationship tend to take better care of themselves, suffer from lower levels of depression, and engage in less risky behavior.


Rest and relaxation have important physical and mental health benefits. However, certain hormones and neurotransmitters, like oxytocin and serotonin, are released most readily when traveling with a loved one. Traveling with a loved one to a romantic destination can also improve the relationship and improve the couple's emotional bond.