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Survey Reveals Canadian Men More Open to Flirting, Hooking Up, and Joining the Mile High Club While on Vacation

TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- Feb 08, 2016 -- February is here and that means that love is in the air. As Valentine's Day quickly approaches, many Canadians have romance on their minds. That got the team at Cheapflights.ca, the champions of simple travel search, wondering, what kind of impact does vacationing have on Canadians in terms of love, lust and romance? Do Canadians flirt more when they travel? Are they more in the mood to make love while away? Have they or would they join the Mile High Club? In the name of love and curiosity, the team decided to get to the bottom of this debate through the latest Cheapflights.ca survey Canadian Romance on the Road.

Flirting with romance
Cheapflights.ca's latest survey of 1,002 Canadians found that holiday hanky panky is on the mind for many of us, especially men. Starting with the basics, 29 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they tend to flirt more when they travel. Among men, that number jumps to 37 per cent compared to 21 per cent for women. Digging deeper, it turns out that 29 per cent of men said they flirt with fellow travellers versus 14 per cent of women. Additionally, 21 per cent of men regularly flirt with flight crew and hotel staff versus only 8 per cent of women. And, 21 per cent of men have pretended to be single when flirting on a trip versus 9 per cent of women. The age group that answered "yes" the most to all our flirting questions were those between 25-35 years old.

Dating and "hooking up" on the road
When it comes to making a romantic connection, over half (51 per cent) of the respondents said they would date someone they met on a trip, while 44 per cent said they would "hook up" with someone they met while travelling. Men were particularly open to dating someone they met traveling (60 per cent) while 43 per cent of the women said they would do so. Across the board, 20 per cent have actually dated someone they met on a trip (26 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women). And the same holds true for "hooking up", as 57 per cent of men said they were willing compared to 30 per cent of women. As for actually hooking up? Among the men, 30 per cent actually had. For women, that number was 16 per cent.

The under 25 crowd is the most interested in dating someone they met on a trip (66 per cent said they would), yet it was also the group with the least experience doing so (15 per cent). And, finally, when asked if a vacation fling has ever turned into a real romance, 13 per cent of respondents replied yes (17 per cent for men and 8 per cent for women).

Canadian members of the Mile High Club...yes, even grandma and grandpa!
As for membership in the infamous Mile High Club, 28 per cent said they would join and 5 per cent reported they actually had. When we break down the data between men and women, men (41 per cent) were more than twice as likely as women (16 per cent) to be willing to join the club. Men also make up the majority of members (8 per cent versus 2 per cent of women). The 25-35 age group were on top in both respects as 41 per cent said they would join the club and 8 per cent already had. And passion is still alive in the over 65 age group. Of the respondents in this age bracket, 10 per cent said they would join and close to 1.5 per cent were, in fact, already members.

Let's talk about sex
When asked whether they feel more in the mood to make love when travelling, close to half of respondents (47 per cent) said "yes". Men (54 per cent) were more likely to have an increased vacation libido than women (41 per cent). Overall, 29 per cent of those surveyed admitted they have made love somewhere unconventional on a trip with 35 per cent of men and 24 per cent of the women reporting they had done so. Additionally, 24 per cent have packed or purchased something to spice up their vacation romance (26 per cent for men and 21 per cent for women). The 25-35 age group ranked highest when it came to feeling more in the mood to make love when travelling (61 per cent). However, it was 36-50 year olds who had the most adventures to report. They led the pack in making love somewhere unconventional (35 per cent) but it was the youngsters, those under 25, that looked to spruce up the romance as they ranked the highest of those packing or purchasing something to spice up their vacation romance (29 per cent).

When asked whether they feel more in the mood to make love when travelling, close to half of respondents (47 per cent) said "yes". Men (54 per cent) were more likely to have an increased vacation libido than women (41 per cent). Overall, 29 per cent of those surveyed admitted they have made love somewhere unconventional on a trip with 35 per cent of men and 24 per cent of the women reporting they had done so. Additionally, 24 per cent have packed or purchased something to spice up their vacation romance (26 per cent for men and 21 per cent for women).

The 25-35 age group ranked highest when it came to feeling more in the mood to make love when travelling (61 per cent) while the 36-50 year olds led the pack in making love somewhere unconventional (35 per cent). It was the youngsters, those under 25, who looked to spruce up the romance as they ranked the highest of those packing or purchasing something to spice up their vacation romance (29 per cent).

Findings are based on an online survey of 1,002 Canadians conducted in a 48-hour period from Jan. 21 to 23, 2016. For more details on Cheapflights.ca's Love, lust and travel: A survey of Canadian romance on the road, visit www.cheapflights.ca/news/canadian-travel-romance-survey.

About Cheapflights.ca, part of the Momondo Group
Founded in 1996, Cheapflights is a leading global flight comparison and deals publishing platform dedicated to taking the complexity out of finding the best value flights through the application of innovative, intuitive technologies: Smart search. Made simple. It is now a market leader in the UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand generating more than C$4 billion in global downstream revenue for its partners as it expands into numerous other territories. More than 120 million users visit its websites and apps each year, receiving more than two billion search results a month from across 900,000 routes. The 10 million strong opt-in subscribers to the Cheapflights newsletter receive the best deals from more than 120 travel businesses -- for whom it has driven more than C$80 million in revenue this year. Together, the Cheapflights platforms generate enough bookings for its partners to fill a Boeing 747 every five minutes.

In 2011, Cheapflights became part of the privately owned online travel search and inspiration network, Momondo Group.

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