Do you love traveling? If yes, then you know the joy of exploring new places. If no, here’s a solid reason why traveling is good for you. Apart from getting to explore mesmerizing places and enjoying diverse cuisines, people who travel are happier in life according to studies!
According to a report by News18, a recent study published in the journal Tourism Analysis showed that participants who reported traveling regularly at least 120 km away from home reported being about 7 percent happier than those who hardly travel. How is this possible?
As per Chun-Chu (Bamboo) Chen, Assistant Professor at Washington State University,
“While things like work, family life and friends play a bigger role in overall reports of well-being, the accumulation of travel experiences does appear to have a small yet noticeable effect on self-reported life satisfaction.”
He further added,
“It really illustrates the importance of being able to get out of your routine and experience new things.”
In the study, the participants were asked about the importance of travel in their lives. They were also asked about the time they spent looking into and planning future vacations and the number of trips they went on over a year. Along with the other questions, they were asked about their perceived life satisfaction.
Out of the 500 people who participated, a little over half of them reported going on more than four pleasure trips every year. Only 7 percent of the participants did not take any vacations. The new research could have significant implications for both tourists and the tourism industry after travel restrictions due to COVID-19 begin to relax in the future. The research could be beneficial for people who need a little push to travel.
He said, “If you are like me and chomping at the bit to get out of dodge and see someplace new, this research will hopefully be some additional good motivation to start planning your next vacation.”
Planning your next vacation yet?