Survey Shows Men And Women Relax In Different Ways

What women—and men—want on vacation may be very different things, a survey found.

What women—and men—want on vacation may be very different things, a survey found.

(NAPSI)—If you’re like most people, you like to relax on vacation—but just how do different people relax? A recent national survey came to an intriguing conclusion. The survey revealed that men and women have very different notions of what makes a vacation truly relaxing.

It turns out while almost one in four women would rather read more to relax, 34 percent of men would rather have more intimacy on vacation than at home.

The men may be on to something, the survey suggests. It found that 45 percent of men feel relaxed when they return home from vacation as opposed to 43 percent of women, who feel tired and need a vacation from their vacation.

Here are a few more facts that the survey, conducted by Princess Cruises, found:

Go Big or Go Home

The majority of Americans, aged 35 and older, report that it typically takes them two or more days to settle into their vacation, perhaps needing extra time to unplug from the office. In fact, nearly two out of three Americans surveyed prefer at least a full week away on vacation, as opposed to a day off here and there, to completely check out and feel relaxed.

Celebrity Vacation Date

Men and women also seem to be at odds when asked which female celebrity they’d like to relax with-40 percent of women would rather laugh with comedian Ellen DeGeneres, whereas 42 percent of men lean toward either girl-next-door Taylor Swift or on-screen siren Scarlett Johansson. When asked which male celebrity Americans would want to vacation alongside, men and women came together and agreed collectively (22 percent) that leading hunk Hugh Jackman is their man of choice.

When it comes to a musical companion, Justin Timberlake wins hands down in a showdown with Rihanna, with 18 percent of men and women preferring to get their sexy back versus 13 percent who would rather shine bright like a diamond.

In analyzing generational preferences, Millennials (approximately 18 to 31 years of age) tend to prefer younger celebrity companions, with almost one-quarter choosing Johansson (22 percent) and nearly one-third choosing Ashton Kutcher (31 percent), while Baby Boomers (aged 49 to 67) would rather spend a vacation relaxing with folks closer to their own age: DeGeneres (25 percent) and Anderson Cooper (22 percent).

No Wake-up Calls, Please

Nothing says relaxation like burying yourself in white, crisp, clean sheets with no alarm clock set. Millennials agree, with one in four choosing sleep as the activity they most enjoy doing more of on a relaxing vacation than when they are at home. On the other hand, only 14 percent of Americans 65 and older are eager to sleep on vacation.

Nearly one in four parents prefer sleeping more on vacation than nonparents. In fact, for parents, getting more sleep on vacation is more of a priority than having sex (23 percent and 20 percent, respectively).

“It’s definitely interesting to see how men and women like to relax while on vacation,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “The good news is, Princess Cruises offers a wide variety of restful and relaxing options for any traveler looking to unplug and escape.”

Princess Cruises annually helps more than 1.7 million passengers “escape completely” aboard its worldwide fleet of ships to exotic destinations.

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