sex twice a week, five cuddles a day and saying ‘I love you’ before you go to sleep. These and saying sorry after an argument are the hallmarks of a perfect relationship, according to a new study. Sharing two hobbies, regarding your partner as your best friend and dividing up the household chores are also key ingredients of a happy, long-lasting relationship.
This was the verdict from a survey of around 2,000 adults carried out by National Rail. Ideal partners are more likely to have met on public transport than on a blind date and do not necessarily need to be married to feel perfectly settled. Other indicators of a harmonious relationship include having the same taste in films, sharing the cooking and being able to admit you are wrong after an argument.
For the perfect couple, talking and travelling to new places are the activities they enjoy doing together the most. They will go on three ‘date nights’ a month and have at least one romantic meal a month. Favourite destinations for romantic weekends include the Lake District, Cornwall, Devon and Edinburgh.
Andrew Robertson, marketing manager at the Association of Train Operating Companies said: ‘It’s encouraging that today’s perfect relationship is based on simple things such as meals out, traveling together to new places, daily kisses and telling each other I love you before going to sleep.’
Train travel was also found to be Britain’s most romantic form of transport as love frequently blossoms on journeys, according to a new report. Finding romance by rail is more common than most people might think, with one in ten of us falling in love on the train, according to the research by East Coast Trains.
The real-life Brief Encounters often mean that chance meetings and conversations with complete strangers in railway carriages often lead to something more permanent. More than a third of rail travellers, 37 per cent, said they believe rail travel is synonymous with romance.
And as well as the ten per cent who say they found love and romance on the train, a further 20 per cent say they met someone who became a friend while on a train journey. Actress Donna Air, who helped launch I Love Trains Week, said: ‘I think there is something very romantic about a train journey – it’s the perfect opportunity to share some time with a loved one.
There’s a real sense of adventure, somehow you’re in your own little bubble, and conversations and feelings become more memorable and intimate as you speed through the lovely British countryside. I love trains. They’ve been a huge part of my life.’ Rail journeys also seem to bring out the best in people with more than a third of those surveyed saying that the had experienced a random act of kindness from a complete stranger on a train.
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