Traveling Brings Happiness, Study Shows

When Andrea Leber founded SoloMate Travel, along with her former business partner, she most definitely had happiness on her mind. “Traveling is my passion. I derive so much pleasure out of it that I just had to find a way to do more of it.”

At the time though, she did not know that research supported her attitude toward travel. It turns out that travel does in fact increase happiness, according to a group of Dutch researchers.

The study, published in the Journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, sought to measure overall happiness levels in 1,530 Dutch adults, 974 of whom took a vacation during the 32-week study period. It showed that the act of planning and anticipating a vacation boosted happiness levels significantly for a period of up to eight weeks prior to the actual trip.

The study also showed that vacationers who reported feeling very relaxed during the trip benefited from the happiness effect for two weeks after their vacation.

Lead author Jeroen Nawijn, tourism research lecturer at Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands said: “Vacations do make people happy. The practical lesson for an individual is that you derive most of your happiness from anticipating the holiday trip. What you can do is try to increase that by taking more trips per year. If you have a two week holiday, you can split it up and have two one week holidays.”

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