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Study reveals taking a holiday provides biggest happiness boost

Travel brings unmatched levels of happiness, greater than owning material possessions or any landmark event, according to new global research.

The study from Booking.com found that a vacation is essential for our emotional well-being and that 77% of people book a holiday just for a boost of happiness.

Around 17,000 people were questioned for the survey, with 70% revealing that lasting happiness results from travel rather than possessing material items.

As a result, 56% of people tend to spend their money on holidays rather than on possessions and 48% prioritise a travel escape over home improvements.

Holidays were also more important to happiness than securing a dream job, according to half of those surveyed, whilst 49% said travel brought them more positive feelings than their own wedding day.

Some 45% believe they were more fulfilled on vacation than when they got engaged and 29% said they got a bigger boost than having a baby.

The emotional life that comes with a holiday was also taken into account in the survey, with 72% of respondents claiming that they got an immediate high from just researching a trip.

More than half (56%) of those surveyed said they were happiest when booking their holiday and over a third (35%) research their vacations for months in advance.

Happiness expert Shawn Achor suggests that a well-planned, low-stress vacation has a 94% chance of meaning that someone returns to work with more energy, engagement and happiness.

Once the holiday finally arrives, 87% of people say their happiest moment is the first day of their holiday, whilst seeing their accommodation for the first time is the best moment for 83% of people.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your worldwide travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 30 November 2016

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