Everything you need to know about vacation sex.
Do you feel more aroused while on vacation?
There’s one thing we’ve noticed at Smile Makers, our community loves dreaming up sexual fantasies that involve travel, transport, and vacation. In fact, in sexual fantasies or real life, there is something about sex outside of our typical everyday environment.
Most popular sexual fantasies.
We have seen many outdoor submissions to our sexual fantasies community collection box, which inspires everything from our free erotica to our product names. It's interesting to see how many of us are dreaming up sexual escapades in nature - beaches, forests, mountains, parks - perhaps being locked up inside for a few years has made us want to come outside (uh-hum), literally.
More real sex outdoors.
80% of our community shared that they have had sex outdoors. While sex outdoors isn't new, our approach to sex might be. We're seeing people with vulvas tearing up societal sexual scripts to discover the real joy of sex. For many of us, partnered sex may seem a very stressful, pleasureless (hello, orgasm gap), and fear-based activity - but sex should be fun and full of excitement! We're being encouraged to play more, with literal good vibes and more open conversations... and what's better than playing outside?
It turns out there is a connection between our sexual fantasies and how we feel in our sexual selves while traveling. Here’s everything you need to know about it, alongside some sex travel essentials to pack for your next trip, in our Smile Makers’ sex and pleasure travel guide.
Why is travel sex so sexy?
Dr. Justin Lehmiller, a sexual psychologist, specializing in sexual fantasies, surveyed over 4000 Americans and found that most people reported having fantasies anywhere but at home. Especially in spaces related to travel or vacation…
90% of people fantasized about sex in a hotel.
83% of people fantasized about sex in exotic places like the beach or a waterfall.
53% of people fantasized about sex on an airplane.
Finding ourselves in the places we have sex in our imagination can bring those erotic thoughts to our minds, sparking desire or even triggering arousal. There’s an air of what-ifs and excitement to living out our sexual fantasies.
However, as Dr. Lehmiller suggests in the Sex and Psychology podcast, our travel horniness could be down to more than just our imagination. Lots of things make up the bio-psycho-social phenomenon many of us experience, or witness, on our travels.
1. More opportunity to be aroused on vacation.
We break our routine, freeing ourselves of everyday responsibilities, time restraints, and chores. Especially if we’re not working! All this creates more time to do or think about sex.
2. More stimulation on vacation.
Being in a new place is like a sensory overload, stimulating our brains and causing a state of feeling excitement, i.e., arousal. Not only can general arousal amplify sexual arousal, but it can also be mistaken for sexual arousal. Our horniness might just be a reaction to emotional stimuli, not sexual stimuli.
3. New sexual interests.
It’s not just the surroundings but also the company. On vacation, we see and meet many new people, even in passing, that prompt sexual interest.
4. Less stress on vacation.
Leisurely trips make for more pleasure. We often feel much more relaxed on holiday, as stress factors are less likely to be triggered. Even our accommodation setting helps us destress, as there are no laptops, washing, or interruptions, for example. We’re also more likely to chill out with alcohol or other substances that can act as aphrodisiacs.
5. More freedom.
Travel gives us a form of psychological space, a sense of reinventing ourselves however we like. Being in a foreign place or land means nobody else there knows who you are, so we feel more at ease. A judgment-free zone often makes for a ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ mindset.
6. More partner passion.
When traveling with a partner, the new environment and all the above factors can also impact them, which naturally rubs off (pun intended) on us. In the early phases of a relationship, travel can be seen as a joint adventure to explore new opportunities for fun. For longer-term partners, more time and less stress can be conducive to higher sexual arousal.
7. More sunshine.
Sunny vacations are relaxing, but research found that exposure to UV sunlight can also change our hormone levels. Including a rise in testosterone levels - a hormone that boosts sexual libido for both vulva owners and penis havers.
Travel sex essentials.
A bottle of Generous Gel lubricant meets TSA’s 100ml liquid requirement while also looking nothing like a typical bottle of lube. Its sleek, luxurious packaging is perfect for those who might be shy about showing off our sex essentials.
Don’t leave anything at home; pack a travel case of pleasure instead. This vibrator storage come carry-on, including The Surfer compact vibrator, vulval wipes for on-the-go refreshes, and our cabin-sized lube. Plus, there’s plenty of room for contraception, chargers, oils, and more.
Individually wrapped intimate wipes.
Keep a few sachets of Silky (S)wipes close by without having to make room for them. Camping trips, long journeys, airplane toilet freshen-ups, sweaty sessions - our wipes are for a vulva refresh, wherever and whenever.
Best travel vibrator.
Vacation by name, vacation by purpose. The Surfer bullet vibrator is pocket-sized with a removable battery, super silent, and waterproof, making it the best travel partner!
Vacation sex ideas: solo or partnered.
Looking for inspiration for future sex travels? Match the type of vacation to a vibrator and tap into that extra sexual energy that comes from being somewhere new.
Imagine you’re heading through passport control, and the security guard asks, ‘For business or pleasure?’….
The Billionaire = Resort vacation.
Looking for a lavish chill? The Billionaire vibrator will fund all your vacation stimulation with its internal and external versatility. Splash in the pleasure pool, or pamper yourself on a sun lounger.
The Tennis Pro = Activity vacation.
When relaxation means moving your body and getting your adrenalin pumping. A G-Spot vibrator will keep the sweat coming past the daytime activities while working on your pleasure practices. This vacation is all about getting in the (internal erogenous) zone.
The French Lover = City vacation.
Fancy a trip with a partner? Go on a cosmopolitan adventure with a tongue vibrator. This handy tour guide will help you traverse each other's bodies to discover new pleasure landmarks, and you may find a new favorite go-to spot. City trips are short, but The French Lover will have you wanting to extend.
The Poet = Staycation.
Dreaming of escaping to the countryside just outside town? Take a deep breath, or in this case, a big suck. A clitoral suction toy is about slowing things down and giving you a different perspective on places you’ve been to before. Personalize your (p)leisure.
The Artist = Retreat vacation.
Tap into your creativity with a more mindful yet fulfilling approach to vacation. The Artist dual vibrator will have you painting your very own pleasure postcard, addressed to you, from you to remember the inspiring experience.
Sun, sea, and sand - sex on the beach is very appealing when this vibe is around. If all you want to do is close your eyes and hear the crashing of the waves, preserve your energy as The Surfer will have you riding the pleasure waves quickly with its direct clit stimulation.
The Romantic = Honeymoon vacation.
Newlyweds running off into the sunset. The Romantic vibrator inspires deep connection and more thoughtful internal stimulation but can also be used to build anticipation and excitement externally. Sexpectations can be high on a honeymoon, so introducing a vibe can bring back the playfulness and encourage intimacy differently.
More travel sex tips.
How to travel with a vibrator.
Here are our tips for taking vibrators on a plane.
- Take out any removable batteries to ensure they don’t turn on during the flight and save more battery for the trip.
- Always pack rechargeable vibrators that have lithium-ion batteries in carry-on baggage.
- Most airport security, including TSA, allow sex toys - but check that vibrators are legal at the destination (yep, we know - vibes are still not allowed everywhere in the world).
We recommend storing vibrators in a clear plastic bag in case of random luggage checks; they stay clean and safe. Also, waterproof and silent vibrators are ideal for vacations - think of long hotel sessions or pool pleasure.