This probably comes as no surprise to you, but here’s a fact: traveling makes us happy. You’ve likely heard that before or experienced your own happiness from a trip you took across the world. But we’ve just got a glimpse into just how much happiness travel can conjure up. Spoiler alert: It’s a lot.
A recent study conducted by Booking.com of more than 17,000 participants from 17 different countries found that travel makes us happier than we might have ever even thought imaginable. So much so, that participants noted vacationing makes them happier than many momentous occasions that occur in their life—yes, like getting married and having kids.
The results are pretty wild. The percentages below represent the amount of people who said travel evoked more positive emotions than they felt during the following big life moments:
- 51 percent: going on a date with their partner
- 50 percent: securing a new job
- 50 percent: getting engaged
- 49 percent: their wedding day
- 29 percent: having a baby
What’s more, 70 percent of people said the experience they get from traveling makes them happier than any of the material possessions they own. In fact, 56 percent of participants prioritize taking a trip over buying things like new clothes and jewelry—good thing, since the latter really doesn’t give us long-term satisfaction at all.
Additionally, another 77 percent of people in the study felt excited just from simply starting the planning stages of their trip—ah, the power of anticipation!
We know what you’re thinking: What if you don’t have the money to go on a lavish trip? Not to worry—the study also showed that where you go doesn’t quite matter so long as you’re getting the experience of a getaway.
The study suggests that your trip could be anything from going on a backpacking trip to renting a bed and breakfast for the day to going on a weekend retreat. And hey, if you do have the resources for a luxurious stay in a castle overlooking a bed of water, then more power to you. The point is to experience somewhere new—the endorphin rush is real!
If you want to really get the most out of your vacation? Bring your girlfriends along! Taking a trip with your best gal pals can improve your overall mental and physical well-being. It can refresh you when you’re burnt out on work, plus give you quality time with the people who you love most. What could be better?
Who not to bring on your next outing? Your kids. According to psychiatrists, traveling without your little ones not only has perks for the parents—like feeling rejuvenated and refreshed—it’s also good for the kids in that it lets them have a parent who’s balanced and mentally relaxed, as well as learn how to live without their parents for a little bit.
So what are you waiting for? Get the Google searches going for your next trip of a lifetime!
Do you like to travel? Do you find it makes you happy—even happier than big moments in your life? Where is the most memorable place you’ve ever been?