The Truth About Sex and Holiday Travel: Who's Having it, Who's Not?


The data suggests women are much more likely to forego sex during the holidays than men. (Photo: Chelsea Victoria/Stocksy)

This story is part of a new Yahoo Travel series, #StressFreeTravel, dedicated to making travel better in every way possible.

As if couples don’t have enough sources of tension over the holidays – in-laws, child tantrums, crowded airports, last-minute shopping – try this on for size: the gender gap is very real when it comes to who’s more willing to take a Christmas vacation from sex.

According to a Yahoo Travel survey, women are much more willing than men to give up sex for a stress-free holiday, and women are far less comfortable doing the mattress mambo in the homes of their family and friends this holiday season.

Silent night, indeed.

These findings were reached by polling 2,760 adults, of which 1,000 will be traveling during the December holidays.

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Sitting on your in-laws’ couch: not very sexy. (Photo: Thinkstock)

When people who will be traveling for the December holidays this year were asked what they’d be willing to give up for a stress-free holiday, 21 percent of women chose sex as an option. That’s in contrast with only 13 percent of men, meaning that some men may have to pass the time with a 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story.

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It should be said that sex was pretty far down the list of what this year’s holiday travelers would give up to save on stress this month – 17 percent overall said they’d sacrifice it. The most common answer was junk food at 33 percent, followed by alcohol at 32 percent, video games at 31 percent, and smartphones/tablets at 18 percent. That means wine, Assassin’s Creed, and texting friends are still more expendable than doing the nasty.

On a side note, who of this December’s travelers is most likely to deal with holiday stress by having a romantic evening with their partner? Post-grads at 25 percent! Because advanced diplomas just ooze romance.

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Holiday sex drives between men and women diverge even more when it comes to getting busy in the homes of their family and friends. While 49 percent of men who will be traveling for the December holidays said they’d be comfortable having sex with a significant other in this scenario, just 27 percent of women would be.

On top of that, a whopping 60 percent of women who will be traveling said sex in a relative’s or friend’s home would make them uncomfortable. To this we say, isn’t it about time America began investing in hourly “love hotels” like our Japanese friends do? This is an untapped market!

The only groups of this year’s holiday travelers where at least half said they felt comfortable having sex in a host’s home were international travelers (51 percent) and parents with kids under 18 (50 percent). Could it be because they’ve gone without sex the longest?

How do you deal with holiday stress? We want to hear from you. Talk to us in the comments or tweet us @YahooTravel.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,760 adults, of which 1,000 will be traveling for the December holidays. Fieldwork was undertaken between December 2 - 4, 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).

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