Isolation is wearing on everyone’s nerves during the coronavirus pandemic. Almost everyone is tired of being cooped up and unable to partake in their usual relaxation. But there is an end to the darkness in sight, a light at the end of the tunnel as they say. Vaccines are being distributed, and once they are quarantines will end. We will be allowed to freely leave our homes again.
With that in mind, a new study has found that the best way to put a smile back on your face, and anyone else’s as well, is to get out and travel.
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.
Researchers say there is a noticeable increase in happiness and well-being among frequent travelers compared to those who don’t take any kind of distance vacation.
Participants in the survey who reported regularly traveling at least 75 miles (120 kilometers) away from home also reported being about 7% happier when asked about their overall well-being than those who reported traveling very rarely or not at all.
Previous studies have examined 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.
The study also pointed out the benefit of being travel minded; “This research shows the more people talk about and plan vacations the more likely they are to take them,” Chen 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.”
We have previously discussed the benefits of having a trip planned, but now there is even more reason to talk about it! Just make sure you are discussing travel AFTER the pandemic, or at least until you are vaccinated, as vaccine passports are looking more and more like a thing you will need.