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Does Travel Make You Happy?

This is a question I have been asking myself a lot recently. So many of us spend our life dreaming of escaping to exotic places, sitting in the office scouring the internet for the perfect resort or place to cheer us up, and then counting down the months and days until our next holiday

for a break from our ‘real lives’. But do we really need regular holidays to remain happy in our everyday lives?

It is true – we all need a break from work and a change of scenery every once in a while, and sitting on a beach with a good book or camping in a secluded spot or wandering around a beautiful city – whatever your idea of relaxation is – is a great way to take your mind off the little things that we have to think about in our everyday lives. And it has been scientifically proven that a relaxing holiday “not only has the power to serve up delight while it’s underway, but thanks to eager anticipation, it can also boost vacationers’ happiness levels weeks and even months prior to its fruition”. But we’re not able to hang on to that pre or post-travel happiness forever.

But alongside the actual trip – the air miles, unfamiliar hotel rooms, indecipherable languages and alien landscapes – there’s a more personal journey. Thrust into an unfamiliar environment and circumstances, there is something about that new space, fresh air and natural beauty that makes it easier to take a step back and assess the situation from a different viewpoint, whether it’s making an important life decision, coming to terms with a difficult situation or maybe just appreciating what you have. Foreign cities, different cultures and liberating getaways are often where we discover things we never knew about ourselves, or do things we never knew we could, or would dare to, back in the comfort and routine of home.

And I think this is the essence of travel, how it somehow changes your perspective and awakens something within you that perhaps wouldn’t be possible without leaving home.

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  1. Interesting question to ask yourself!! I think for a lot of people it makes them happy, some for longer periods of time than others. Personally, I have done a lot of solo travelling (SE Asia, Europe etc) and only last year I was doing a mini Euro trip and I found myself wanting to come home. This was the first time this has ever happened! I think that I figured I would be happier traveling WITH someone, rather than alone (for once!) and I felt like I was missing that. In my opinion I’m happier sharing my traveling experience with someone rather than being alone, even though both ways, like you said, it’s a personal journey.


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