14/06-12 04:20

Survey shows travel increases your sex appeal

96% of travel lovers search for an adventurous partner

Nearly one in two singles have had a holiday romance

A new survey of single Aussies reveals that travel makes you more attractive. The Intrepid Travel poll of more than 880 singles on RSVP.com.au found that over half (55%) of respondents thought having travel listed on a potential mate's profile makes them more attractive.

“The attitudes of singles show that a bi-product of travel is that it adds to your sex appeal,” said Jo Stewart, Intrepid Travel Spokesperson. “Travellers are generally considered curious about the world, open minded and adventurous – all of which are attractive qualities.”

Daring travellers appear to be the most alluring, with 23% of respondents nominating adventure seekers as the most attractive, followed closely by the off-the-beaten track traveller (22%) and then the cultural connoisseur (16%).

Further to this, an incredible 96% of respondents interested in travel are also looking for someone who has a passion for seeing the world.

“We know that when looking for a partner, shared interests and lifestyle goals are very important,” said Melanie Dudgeon, RSVP Spokesperson. “Many singles hope to travel and explore the world with a partner and this is why a common interest in travel is important to such a large majority. Our Travel Bug group is one of RSVP’s largest as it helps 25,000 like-minded travel lovers connect online.”

It’s no surprise that other singles are the preferred travel partner for 59% of single respondents.

“Travelling in a small group with other single people is often preferred because it’s more likely the people in the group will be interested in the same types of activities and it’s a great way to meet new people,” said Jo Stewart of Intrepid Travel.

Almost half of singles surveyed (49%) admitted to having had a holiday romance. Furthermore, 72% of respondents said they think of meeting someone special while travelling.

When asked to choose from a list of ultimate travel first dates, a picnic in Tuscany ranked highest (26%) with a classic day of sightseeing in Paris the second choice (19%).

To celebrate single people's love of travel, Intrepid Travel is offering two 'singles-only' trips. The Active Thailand trip features cycling, hiking and kayaking and will appeal to fit travellers with a sense of adventure. Since Europe was voted by single travellers as the most interesting destination to appear on people's travel profiles (44%), the Barcelona to Rome trip is the perfect trip for romance. Departing on 27th April 2013 and costing from $2785, the group of intrepid singles will stroll along Las Ramblas in the heart of Barcelona, soak up the glamour of the French Riviera, walk the breathtaking Cinque Terre and admire the architecture in beautiful Siena.

Active Thailand

12 days ex Bangkok

Departing October 13th 2012

From $1410 AUD per person

Barcelona to Rome

15 days ex Barcelona

Departing April 27th 2013

From $2785 AUD per person

Both trips can be found on the Intrepid website www.intrepidtravel.com and can be booked through Intrepid Special groups on RSVPgroups@intrepidtravel.com or ph (03) 9473 2632

Note to editors

Total sample size was 882 single Australian adults. Survey was undertaken during April and May 2012. The survey was carried out on behalf of Intrepid Travel online at rsvp.com.au

About Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel is one of the world's leading small group adventure tour operators. It offers authentic and fun experiences that give travellers the chance to get under the skin of the places they visit, with more than 1,000 itineraries to more than 100 countries worldwide. Intrepid Travel trips are designed to go off the beaten track, meet the locals and travel in an unconventional way, joining locals on their transport, in their markets and even in their homes.

About RSVP

RSVP.com.au is Australia's largest online dating site. More than 2,000,000 singles are members and RSVP is committed to helping individuals meet others for friendship, romance and relationships. Every day between 1,000 and 1,200 new profiles are set up on the site and 40 people take their profiles off RSVP because they have met their match on the site. RSVP was the first online dating site in Australia and in 2012, the company celebrates its 15th Birthday.

For more information

For more information contact Jo Stewart on jo.stewart@intrepidtravel.com or + 61 (0)421 430 547 or head online www.intrepidtravel.com