Passion for travel will increase your happiness index by 7%



New research shows that a passion for travel will increase your happiness index by 7%.

A recent study in the journal of Tourism Analysis shows that tourism enthusiasts have happier lives than those who do not travel often.

New research shows that a passion for travel will increase your happiness index by 7%.

Tourism enthusiasts have happier lives than others/ ph: pexels

 Chun-Chu (Bamboo) Chen, Ph.D. at the School of Hotel Business Management at Washington State University, conducted a survey to find out why some individuals are traveling more often than others and whether the travel experience has a lasting effect on happiness and health.

 More specifically, the group of people who regularly travel (at least 120km away from home) has a 7% higher happiness rate than those who rarely travel or never go.

Dr. Chen shares: "While obvious things like work, family life and friends play an important role in the criteria of happiness, accumulation of travel experience seems to have a noticeable impact on personal life satisfaction. This can be come from individuals' desire to change their life cycle and a desire to experience fresh and exciting journeys. 

 Previous studies have mentioned the physical and mental health benefits of travel experiences.  However, these studies often analyze the effects of a single trip or vacation.  Thus, Chen's research goes a step further as he delves into analyzing the sustainable benefits of traveling over the period of a year.

Study participants were asked about the importance of travel in life, how often they consider and plan trips, and the frequency of trips in a year.  In addition, they were asked about their satisfaction in life.  Out of 500 survey participants, more than half of them responded that they have taken at least 4 trips a year.  Only 7% of respondents did not take any long trips.

 As travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 begin to decline in the future, this study could have significant implications for both tourists and the tourism industry.  Based on the results of the study, Chen said that travel agencies, resorts and even airlines could launch social media campaigns (such as creating hashtags about the scientific benefits of tourism) to spark people's interest in discussing their ideas about adventure trips.

Dr. Chen added: "This study has shown that the more actively discussing and planning vacations, the more likely they are to take long trips. If you're feeling a little stuck in your current life and want to find somewhere to refresh yourself, hopefully this research will be the motivation for you to start planning your next vacation.

 Although there are concerns about the negative effects of frequent travel in the context of a global pandemic, previous studies have also shown that future travel planning and research can also increase the happiness index.  More specifically, a study published in the New York Times found that people tend to get positive emotions from expectations, including preparing for a trip.  Even planning or researching a trip brings greater and longer feelings of happiness than the trip itself.

When Covid vaccine is produced and officially used, the tourism industry will gradually recover.  However, if you are still uncertain about your safety now, going for a walk or changing some current habits can also make you happier.

Passion for travel will increase your happiness index by 7%

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