The new study was published in the journal of Tourism Analysis.(Unsplash)
The new study was published in the journal of Tourism Analysis.(Unsplash)

Good news for people with wanderlust: Frequent travellers 7 per cent happier

People dreaming of travel post-Covid-19 now have some scientific data to support their wanderlust. A recent study has found that frequent travellers are happier with their lives than people who don’t travel at all.
By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Washington [US]
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:07 AM IST

People dreaming of travel post-Covid-19 now have some scientific data to support their wanderlust. A recent study has found that frequent travellers are happier with their lives than people who don’t travel at all.

The new study was published in the journal of Tourism Analysis.

Chun-Chu (Bamboo) Chen, an assistant professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University, conducted a survey to find out why some individuals travel more frequently than others and whether or not travel and tourism experiences have a prolonged effect on happiness and wellness.

The results of his analysis show individuals who pay more attention to tourism-related information and frequently discuss their travel plans with friends are more likely to go on regular vacations than those who aren’t constantly thinking about their next trip.

Additionally, participants in the survey who reported regularly travelling at least 75 miles away from home also reported being about 7 per cent happier when asked about their overall well-being than those who reported travelling very rarely or not at all.

“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,” Chen said. “It really illustrates the importance of being able to get out of your routine and experience new things.”

Previous studies have examined the stress relief, health and wellness benefits of tourism experiences, but they have tended to examine the effect of a single trip or vacation. Chen’s research takes these previous studies one step further by looking at the sustained benefits of travel over the course of a year.

Participants in the study were asked about the importance of travel in their lives, how much time they spent looking into and planning future vacations, and how many trips they went on over a year. They were also asked about their perceived life satisfaction. Out of the 500 survey participants, a little over half reported going on more than four pleasure trips a year. Only 7 per cent of respondents did not take any vacations.

As travel restrictions due to Covid-19 begin to relax in the future, the research could have important implication for both tourists and the tourism industry. Based on the results of the study, Chen said travel companies, resorts and even airlines could launch social media campaigns, such as creating hashtags about the scientific benefits of vacation, to spark people’s interest in discussing their opinions about travel.

“This research shows the more people talk about and plan vacations the more likely they are to take them,” 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.”

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

Follow more stories on Facebook and Twitter

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Dubai’s Emirates suspends flights to Australia’s three largest cities(Twitter/JetPhotos)
Dubai’s Emirates suspends flights to Australia’s three largest cities(Twitter/JetPhotos)

Dubai’s Emirates suspends flights to Australia’s three largest cities

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:25 PM IST
  • Dubai’s Emirates has announced that the last flights to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will be on January 20 and passengers for those cities will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin
Close
Thailand's private pool villas fail to lure foreign arrivals, travel dips(Twitter/VickyProfitTC)
Thailand's private pool villas fail to lure foreign arrivals, travel dips(Twitter/VickyProfitTC)

Thailand's private pool villas fail to lure foreign arrivals, travel dips

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:38 AM IST
More than three months after over a hundred resorts reopened to extended-stay travellers, in an attempt to revive Thailand’s battered economy, foreign arrivals have failed to meet even rock-bottom expectations with just 346 overseas visitors entering each month, on average, since October
Close
Passenger Ioanna Karagiannidou speaks with driver Konstantinos Bekios following their ride in his taxi that he turned into a 'night club', amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Thessaloniki, Greece, January 14, 2021.(Reuters)
Passenger Ioanna Karagiannidou speaks with driver Konstantinos Bekios following their ride in his taxi that he turned into a 'night club', amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Thessaloniki, Greece, January 14, 2021.(Reuters)

Nightclub taxi drives away the blues in lockdown Greece

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 09:57 PM IST
"I saw that people were always stressed, sad, everyone was in a bad mood," says Greek taxi driver Konstantinos Bekio, who is doing his bit to lift his passengers' spirits amid coronavirus lockdown, turning his cab into a nightclub.
Close
France has announced that people travelling from non-EU countries will no longer be able to get into the country by presenting a negative result from a quick, readily-available Covid-19 test.(Yahoo)
France has announced that people travelling from non-EU countries will no longer be able to get into the country by presenting a negative result from a quick, readily-available Covid-19 test.(Yahoo)

France toughens Covid-19 testing rules for non-EU travellers

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 04:55 PM IST
France has announced that people travelling from non-EU countries will no longer be able to get into the country by presenting a negative result from a quick, readily-available Covid-19 test.
Close
The Southeast Asian country, which has recorded its first case of a new variant that was first found in Britain, has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases and casualties in Southeast Asia. (Unsplash)
The Southeast Asian country, which has recorded its first case of a new variant that was first found in Britain, has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases and casualties in Southeast Asia. (Unsplash)

Philippines extends travel ban, steps up safeguards over Covid-19 variant

Reuters, Manila
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 03:03 PM IST
The Philippines on Friday extended by two weeks a ban on travellers from more than 30 territories and countries where a more transmissible Covid-19 variant has been detected
Close
Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

How to think about travelling now that Covid vaccines are out

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:42 PM IST
Ready for a vacation? So are we. Here’s the real talk on what to expect, even after your second shot.
Close
Travelers are "yearning for what was taken away from them," Chesky said at the Reuters Next conference. (Reuters)
Travelers are "yearning for what was taken away from them," Chesky said at the Reuters Next conference. (Reuters)

Airbnb CEO says travel never going back to the way it was before pandemic

Reuters, United Kingdom
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:11 AM IST
Airbnb Chief Executive Officer predicted travel would permanently change due to the pandemic with people seeking out thousands of smaller cities and spending more time visiting friends and family.
Close
The Cook Islands is one of the few countries to remain Covid-free.(Unsplash)
The Cook Islands is one of the few countries to remain Covid-free.(Unsplash)

One-way Cook Island travel bubble to New Zealand to start next week

Reuters, Wellington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 09:31 AM IST
People from the Cook Islands can start quarantine-free travel to New Zealand next week, but New Zealand-based people will have to wait until later in the year to visit the Cook Islands.
Close
UK bans arrivals from South America, Portugal on Variant(Pexels)
UK bans arrivals from South America, Portugal on Variant(Pexels)

UK to ban flights from Portugal and South America over new coronavirus strain

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:03 AM IST
A new strain of coronavirus has emerged in Brazil and in order to contain its spread, the United Kingdom has banned flights coming in from South America, Panama, Portugal and Cape Verde.
Close
Airlines hope the new testing requirements will clear the way for the administration to lift the restrictions that reduced travel from some European countries by 95% or more.(Unsplash)
Airlines hope the new testing requirements will clear the way for the administration to lift the restrictions that reduced travel from some European countries by 95% or more.(Unsplash)

White House still considering lifting European, Brazilian travel restrictions

Reuters, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 11:50 AM IST
The White House is still considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil and much of Europe in the final days before President Donald Trump leaves office.
Close
Sudan lifts ban on travel from countries with new coronavirus variant(Pexels)
Sudan lifts ban on travel from countries with new coronavirus variant(Pexels)

Sudan to remove travel ban on countries with new coronavirus strain

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 07:26 AM IST
Sudan will be allowing travellers from Britain, Netherlands and South Africa. The visitors will have to quarantine for 14 days and show a negative Covid test report.
Close
The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced its new tourism policy for 2020-25 with special focus on attracting new investments in the state's "high priority tourism centres" by offering lucrative incentives to entrepreneurs.(Unsplash)
The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced its new tourism policy for 2020-25 with special focus on attracting new investments in the state's "high priority tourism centres" by offering lucrative incentives to entrepreneurs.(Unsplash)

Gujarat unveils new tourism policy, focus on 'high priority' areas

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 05:00 PM IST
The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced its new tourism policy for 2020-25 with special focus on attracting new investments in the state's "high priority tourism centres" by offering lucrative incentives to entrepreneurs.
Close
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed officials to develop the Chandrabhaga and Talsari beach with world class amenities to attract more domestic and foreign tourists.(Yahoo)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed officials to develop the Chandrabhaga and Talsari beach with world class amenities to attract more domestic and foreign tourists.(Yahoo)

Odisha to develop Chandrabhaga & Talsari beach

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 11:06 AM IST
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed officials to develop the Chandrabhaga and Talsari beach with world class amenities to attract more domestic and foreign tourists.
Close
The country will remain on virus alert level 3, and the alcohol ban that was due to expire on January 15 will remain in place. (Unsplash)
The country will remain on virus alert level 3, and the alcohol ban that was due to expire on January 15 will remain in place. (Unsplash)

South Africa extends alcohol ban, curbs travel amid virus surge

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 12:24 PM IST
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended a prohibition on alcohol sales and restricted travel through border posts as the nation’s hospitals struggle to cope with soaring coronavirus infections.
Close
From 4 a.m. Tuesday, travellers arriving in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from the UAE will need to self-isolate for 10 days. (Pixabay)
From 4 a.m. Tuesday, travellers arriving in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from the UAE will need to self-isolate for 10 days. (Pixabay)

UK removed UAE from travel corridors list amid increase in Covid-19 cases

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 11:20 AM IST
Britain removed the United Arab Emirates from its travel corridors list following a concerning increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP