Last Updated on January 7, 2021
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.