Last Updated on November 15, 2019
A study conducted in 17 countries that collected more than 17,000 responses concluded that, when it comes to happiness, many people attach greater importance to travel than to some of the major events in their lives, such as their marriage day.
Although the commissioner of the study – Booking.com, one of the big players in the travel market – can make you question its surprising results, at first sight, the truth is that it has scientific value, and can really shed some light on the growing importance of traveling in human life. It doesn’t matter if it’s a two-week vacation in a 5-star resort on a paradise island or just a weekend abroad. Travelling has a prominent place among the activities that increase happiness. Let’s see why.
#1 – Travelling is therapeutic
You’ve been feeling stressed, fatigued and sullen lately, and want to lift your general mood without medications? Book a trip. Of any kind. Traveling is a great way to disconnect from your stressful daily life, take a step back and recharge your batteries.
And people already know it, as proven by the fact that 77% of the respondents admitted booking a holiday when they feel the need to cheer themselves up.
In fact, the psychological benefits of traveling are quite remarkable: it can cut down on stress, boost your happiness and satisfaction and even considerably lower the risk of depression.
Besides these mental health benefits, it can also do wonders for your body. A study has linked that people who take vacations more often show a significantly lower risk of developing a heart attack and other heart-related problems.
After a few days away, you might even miss your home. Frequent travelers tend to value their home and hometown more. Sometimes you need to escape both physical and psychological from your daily routine to truly begin to appreciate how beautiful the familiarity of things can be.
#2 – A Good Way To Spend Your Money
Our society is often considered as heavily materialistic. And for the most part that’s true. But this doesn’t necessarily imply that people find non-material experiences like traveling meaningless.
In fact, 70% of the respondents agree that travel experiences bring a more unique and lasting form of happiness than the consumption of material things. That doesn’t sound strange, does it?
We currently live in an economy of experience, where people attribute most value to the experience provided by the act of consumption, then to the act of consumption itself. In that regard, traveling offers experiences with which it’s difficult for material objects to compete.
Besides, it can hugely impact your personal growth at different levels. Frequent travelers become more understanding and tolerant with others because they’ve experienced in loco different kinds of cultures; they refine a whole set of social skills due to facing situations where they have to deal with different people, also contributing to their problem-solving skills; they become familiar with a lot of languages (even if they just pick up a few words or sentences, it has great value); and they experiment a whole range of different food. In short, travelers grow little by little with each new place they visit.
If you’re worried you’re spending too much money on traveling, take a look at the bright side: it helps to shape your personality and gives you an everlasting set of memories for you to cherish.
#3 – It’s Also About Planning
Are you the type of person that’s constantly checking flight ticket websites trying to find the best possible deal, or going through luxury hotel booking sites wondering how it would be to spend an entire vacation week in such a wonderful place?
That’s great!72% of the people indicated that this planning stage is capable of giving the most immediate boosts in happiness.
So, take your time and plan in advance. And as soon as you book your flight and accommodation make sure to intensify your research: spend weeks looking for places to visit, unmissable restaurants and recommended activities around the area.
Not only it will be a highly enjoyable process, but a well-planned vacation can also keep you unstressed and grant you a 94% chance of returning you to work with greater levels of energy and happiness, according to a study published in Harvard Business Review.