Forget about landing a new job, having a baby, or even your wedding day; travel is the secret to true happiness! People tend to book a vacation, every time they need a happiness boost. These were some of the surprising results of a survey conducted on 17,000 people from 17 different countries, by a leading online hotel booking portal.
Perfect date, wedding, job or even having a baby… nothing beats travel!
You will be surprised to know that more than half of the people surveyed stated that vacations brought them more happiness than their wedding day. Travel gave them such an emotional boost, that they considered planning and going away on vacation more vital for their happiness than other big life occasions – such as our own wedding day (49%), going on a date with your partner (51%), landing a new job (50%), getting engaged (45%), and even having a baby (29%). Furthermore, 77% agreed that they booked a vacation every time they needed a happiness boost.
Travel brings more happiness than material comforts!
The research by Booking.com also reveals that travel experiences, anything from backpacking, to boutique B&B breaks, family villa vacations, or even exotic and remote retreats, brings more lasting happiness than material things (70%). Which explains why most people (56%) prioritize vacations over possessions such as clothes, jewellery and gadgets while almost half (48%) rank travel over home improvements.
Shawn Achor, one of the world’s leading experts on happiness, explains:” “In a world where every dollar and hour count, travelers are looking for a higher return than ever on their investment of time and money. Why take time off and pay money to be more stressed and less happy? Well-planned, low stress vacations have a 94% chance of returning you to work with greater levels of energy, engagement and happiness.”
He further adds that people who take all their vacation days are not only happier, they are 34% more likely get a bonus over the next three years. Happy travel, even pays!
Hassle-free booking experience is key to a happy vacation
The survey also highlights a significant correlation between the booking experience, and happiness during the actual trip – meaning that an enjoyable booking process is vital for happiness during the trip. Travel planned well and instantly booked with ease dramatically improves your happiness.
Almost 72% said that they got a kick of excitement just from researching on where they wanted to go on vacation. More than 50% of the respondents agreed that they felt happiest when booking their vacation. In fact, they were so addicted to planning and booking our trips, that over a third admitted to researching vacations months in advance.
Nothing beats the thrill of being on a holiday. Six out of ten (62%) feel happy leaving their offices while almost everyone (87%) claim that the first day of the vacation and seeing their place for the first time (83%) were their happiest vacation moments.
HolidayMe, the leading holiday booking online platform in the Middle East, believes so, too. Check out the holiday packages on offer and get those happiness level going up again this holiday season.