After more than a year of coping with restrictions associated with the coronavirus, people around the world are getting vaccinated and hoping for a return to life as we once knew it. For many, a life without travel has been especially difficult, and new research explains why it's been so tough.
In a 2021 survey published in the journal Tourism Analysis, Washington State University researchers determined that people who regularly travel are 7 percent happier than those who rarely travel. Researcher Chun-Chu Chen surveyed 500 Taiwanese adults who traveled several times a year, at least 75 miles (121 km) from home. Their responses indicated that tourism can have a prolonged effect on happiness and wellness.
Getting bitten by the travel bug:
- Previous studies have examined the stress relief, health and wellness benefits of tourism, but only on the effect of a single trip. Chen's research hoped to quantify the sustained benefits of travel over the course of a year.
- A 2010 study found that planning a trip contributes a larger and longer-lasting boost of happiness than the trip itself.
- Similarly, a 2020 study found that planning post-pandemic travel tended to restore a sense of control among pandemic-stressed individuals.
- The pandemic has been tough on everyone, but it's time to get out and explore the world again. Travel to South Florida and see why it's been so popular for years. Enjoy the beaches and nightlife that make this destination so popular. Walk along the shore and take in the temperate climate of the Sunshine State. With so many things to do, you'll definitely have an unforgettable South Florida getaway.