Love - The Unexpected Travel Experience

    Whatever Our Reasons For Setting Off On Our Travels, Figures Show That
    Love Can Often Be An Unexpected Bonus

    LONDON, June 11 /CNW/ - As colleges and universities close for the summer
and everyone starts to make their summer travel arrangements, more people than
ever look set to head off travelling this year. While experiencing different
countries and cultures is reason enough for most, finding love will come as an
unexpected - but pleasant! - surprise for many.
    Figures released today by suggest the reality of
finding love on their travels, is far higher than expected by travellers
before setting off.
    13 percent of travellers admitted to finding a 'serious romance' while
overseas - higher than the five percent who expected this before setting off.
But love seems to come in many guises, and when accounting for what the survey
describes as 'flings' and 'one-night stands' the figures are much higher.
    Despite only half of travellers expecting to have a light-hearted fling
while away from home, nearly two thirds said that is what they had
experienced. It seems that the liberation and self-discovery that many people
experience while hostelling around the world also leaves many more inclined
for 'one-night stands'.
    While a conservative one in five of those surveyed expected that they
might have a unique night of love while travelling, the actual figure for
those who did was 31 percent.
    The overall figure of those who expected to find love of some description
while away travelling was 59 percent. The reality, however, was that
76 percent of all travellers experienced a serious romance, a fling or a
one-night stand - or a combination of these.
    David Smith, General Manager of, said: "We hear many
great stories from around the world about our customers finding love on the
road. Hostelling in new countries, often for months at a time, allows people
to free themselves from the domestic drudge and explore a life they may
otherwise never find. Travelling the world can be a very liberating
experience; these figures demonstrate that attitudes and expectations can
change dramatically whilst away."

    About Great Hostels. Free Booking. No Worries. - launched in March 2004 - is a leading UK-based website
owned and operated by MBI MBO Ltd. It offers a range of hostels and budget
accommodation including hotels, B&Bs and apartments in over 2,000 destinations
worldwide.'s properties are reviewed and rated by customers
and it remains the only company in its sector to offer its services with no
booking fees. also provides a range of free travel guides,
travel news and worldwide events information.

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