February 02, 2015 15:34 ET

Travel in the Month of Romance: New Findings on Feeding the Heart's Travel-Intel Learns That Romance Travel Gets Better With Age

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 2, 2015) - What do couples need to reconnect? If they are 45 or older, a quick romantic getaway will do the trick according to new findings from AARP. But the catch is: you have to take that trip.

Only 15 percent of those polled by an AARP Travel survey last month admitted having taken a vacation with their romantic other in the past two years. The study found that most couples that do take a romantic trip or weekend together do manage to reconnect and, for those traveling abroad, beaches in the Caribbean took top honors as the most convenient getaways.

"Romance Travel: Better with Age" is one of the lead features in this week's Travel-Intel, a weekly publication on all things travel that is distributed to more than 100,000 travel counselors and travel industry executives through

Also featured this week in Travel-Intel is a dip into the Australian outback to find a town in the middle of nowhere that is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The spot is Coober Pedy, also known as the opal capital of the world. And, although in the Australian summer, residents head into decked-out caves and underground hotels during the long days, the town is planning some once-in-a-century activities that will put little Coober Pedy on international maps.

Travelers looking for adventure and sophistication can look at Turkey and indulge in insider tours offered by Sea Song. Want a private dinner in Topkapi or want to have Ephesus all to yourself? Travel-Intel has the beat on whom to call. Sea Song is a member of the Kurtz-Ahlers collection of exclusive hotels, resorts, and destination specialists.

In other updates, this week's Travel-Intel looks at where Americans are traveling this year according to data just in from American Express Travel. Topping the list? London. But also on the top ten list: Mumbai. This year's travelers are spending more on upgrades, taking longer trips and valuing experience over bargains.

Finally, Travel-Intel heads to the Czech Republic and finds several hotels there worth the distance for romance and ambiance.

Travel-Intel reports from travel conferences and expos, as well as popular hotels, exotic resorts, cruise ships and ports, and destinations near and far with stories that feature the latest intel on travel. Current features and archives can be viewed at

"We are passionate about travel but also know that all the details are constantly changing -- whether it's the getting there, the being there, the doing or the spending. These elements are constantly in flux so it is our job to keep our readers ahead of the curve," said Lark Gould, content director for Travel-Intel and

As a veteran travel journalist who has been covering the travel industry for more than 20 years, Gould puts her incisive perspective into the weekly publication, with features and news updates, and also "packages" issues that detail great travel deals to be found at hotels and resort locations worldwide. Travel-Intel can be viewed as a stand-alone site on Gould publishes travel columns and stories in Larkslist, Barclay's Travel Community, the Washington Times, and Business Traveler USA.

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