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If you've ever stayed at a hotel with a romantic partner, you may recall feeling a little spicier than usual. Why is that? Most research on the topic indicates that the sheer novelty plays a major role. Couples on vacation, removed from the stresses of daily routines, can feel more relaxed and sexually aroused.
Dr. Arthur Aron, a psychologist at SUNY Stony Brook, says a change of physical environment can provide a "challenge" of sorts for couples. In the early stage of relationships, couples spend a great deal of time together and it's exciting. There is so much to learn about one another and that certainly heightens the arousal for both parties.
Over time, though, that spark can fade naturally. Traveling to a new place and sleeping in a new environment can help couples capture that feeling again, according to research.
Do People Have More Sex on Vacation? (Psychology Today)
"One thing that researchers know about sex is that context matters. Think "what happens in vegas stays in vegas." A vacation provides a break from work or school, a chance to relax and let loose, and the opportunity to explore a new part of the world...but does a vacation also bring more opportunities for sex? Possibly."
Activation of Midbrain Structures by Associative Novelty and the Formation of Explicit Memory in Humans (Learning & Memory)
"Recent evidence suggests a close functional relationship between memory formation in the hippocampus and dopaminergic neuromodulation originating in the ventral tegmental area and medial substantia nigra of the midbrain."