For men, it's about quantity. For women, it's about quality. This seems logical. Vacation, provided couples aren't sharing hotel rooms with kids, offers a happy medium: there's more sex and it's more satisfying.
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Without physical reminders of responsibility (like computers, piles of mail, etc.) and daily obligations (getting up with the kids or for work), couples feel more relaxed and -- according to Kinsey Institute research -- nothing has a greater effect on sexual arousal and response than mood. Clearly, other factors like drinking more and eliminating the possibility of a child bursting into the room allow couples to be less inhibited and less rushed, resulting in better sex for both partners.
As the slow economy and fast-tallying pump prices make "staycations" more appealing to many Americans, there has to be a way to recreate the atmosphere of a vacation in the bedroom. Banished cell phones and computers would probably be a good start. As novelty of location enhances vacation sex, try changing locales or time of day. And, if there's anything to put you in a good mood, chances are you'll have good sex. Travel not required.