Friday, November 10, 2006

Popularity of procreation vacations

Couples who are "fertility challenged" are opting for more romantic vacations dubbed "procreation vacations" in the hopes of getting pregnant sooner. These aren't couples with diagnosed fertility issues. These are people whose hectic schedules and stress interfere with babymaking. Hotel chains and the travel industry are marketing more to these couples, offering romantic getaways with couples-oriented activities, counselors, and even traditional fertility food menus and elixirs.

MSN Travel had an article about this trend. There were some intereting sounding getaways mentioned, particularly the one offered by Westin. But there is an incredible statistic given in the article, that 61.8 million U.S. couples took a romantic vacation last year. That's a amazing number, especially considering that according to census data in 2002 there were only 57 million married couples in the U.S. and by 2005, according to the American Community Survey there were only 52 million married couples in the U.S. So, as much as the travel industry would like to impress us with this trend they should quote some numbers that are at least realistic.


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