If you’ve ever taken a trip that left you smiling for weeks, you’ll know that travel is one of the greatest joys in life. It exposes you to new ideas, ways of life, and can allow you to make friendships that last for years. Even short trips can provide a valuable opportunity to shake you from your regular routine, leaving you refreshed when you get home. Travelling abroad helps you develop appreciation and tolerance for other nationalities and cultures, which help you become a better-rounded individual. It also gives you some great stories to tell!
Why Is Traveling So Great?
Research shows that travelling provides many of us with a serious mood boost. A survey of over 1,000 American adults carried out by Wakefield Research on behalf of Priceline showed that heading away somewhere new made them happier than working out or shopping. According to the research participants, trips do not have to be long to make an appreciable difference to our mood — many Americans stated that they would rather take several short vacations every year than a single, longer trip.
The survey also showed that the majority of traveler were heading to see family and friends, with over 90 percent of those booking trips with Priceline intending to meet up or travel with their loved ones. Both sexes said that romantic vacations were the kind most likely to increase their happiness levels. So even if your partner or relative occasionally annoys you during those long plane or car rides, you’re still likely to have a good time!
How Much Traveling Do We Manage to Fit in Each Year?
Unfortunately, although Americans love to travel, many don’t manage to go away as often as they would like. A survey carried out by The Priceline Group shows that between a third and a half (44 percent) of American adults regret not going on more trips away, and most of the time they miss out because travel costs are too high.
Forty-four percent of adults would like to take four or five trips in 2016, and around 10 percent would ideally go away at least seven times! It’s clear, then, that most Americans wish they could get away on a more frequent basis. With some of the longest working weeks of any country in the world and a frantic pace of life, it isn’t surprising that we dream of taking regular breaks.
How Can You Squeeze More Travel Into Your Year?
If you are like most wannabe travelers, you put your plans on hold because you think the costs will render your ambitions unaffordable. However, there are simple steps you can take to lower the price of your vacation or grand adventure. For example, travelling out of peak season can save you money, as can choosing alternative options such as organizing a house-swap with a family in another state or country instead of staying in hotels. Flights and accommodation costs can also vary significantly by state according to the month in which you are travelling.
There are also some great sites out there that can help you find deals that mean your next trip could cost significantly less than you had imagined. Good places to start are Priceline (priceline.com), Lastminute (lastminute.com/USA), and Agoda (agoda.com). There are other, less well-known tips to securing the best price such as searching using Incognito or Private mode in your web browser – the more frequently you search for a destination, the higher the price you will get because businesses want to give you the impression that costs are rising fast for scarcity reasons! Check out The Thrifty Nomad for more little-known tips and tricks.
Travelling is good for the soul, so it’s worth taking the time to find a solution that allows you to see any part of the world that takes your fancy. If you have a “use it or lose it” vacation policy, make a decision to use every single day of your allowance this year and stick to it! Your well-being will be the better for it.