Sex on the beach

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sun, sea and sand; the three Ss you just can't beat on a relaxing holiday. But for some, the three Ss are more likely to be sangria, summer loving and sex — even if a partner is waiting back at home, a new Australian survey has found.

The survey of 821 holidaymakers by Realholidays.com.au found that 35 percent of respondents had indulged in a summer fling. And of those, 80 percent indicated they were currently in a relationship.

A Realholidays.com.au spokesman said the worst offenders were those aged between 25 to 34 years (38 percent), followed by those 35 to 49 years (37 percent).

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These results are consistent with earlier anonymous online surveys, which led to Joan Sauer's 2008 book, Sex Lives of Australian Women. Sauer found that women are cheating more on husbands and boyfriends as well as becoming more experimental in the bedroom. That research also found the average Australian woman has 13 different partners in her lifetime.

And it seems the Brits have behaved just as badly when it comes to summer lovin'.

According to a survey carried out by British mag More in 2008, young women on holiday are more sexually active than when they are at home, with over 80 percent of those questioned having had a fling with a fellow holidaymaker.

But it's not just a one-off. More than a third of the 2000 women involved in the survey had slept with at least two men during the same holiday, with one in six having slept with three or more different people. And these women aren't always single — more than a quarter admitted to cheating on their partners.

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Worryingly the More survey also discovered that more than 50 percent of the women didn't worry about caching a sexually transmitted disease, and only six in 10 packed condoms for their trip.

Have your say: Have you had a summer fling?


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