Destinations

The secret formula for travel happiness

Amy Bryant

Today is International Day of Happiness today, and so Jetstar have revealed the formula for planning the ultimate happy holiday.

And yes, travel – unsurprisingly – is up there with the list of things that make us happy. Cheers to you guys!

To celebrate the happiness-boosting benefits of travel, Jetstar have compiled the formula for the ultimate trip. The formula was calculated by determining the preferences of the WHO + WHAT + WHEN + WHERE + HOW for Australians when it comes to holiday happiness. 

The results from the research are in and the winning formula is as follows: Travel by plane (82%) to a beach holiday (48%) in the warm sunshine (67%) where you stay in a hotel (68%) with your partner (53%) for two weeks (32%).

Destination: Bali or Hawaii
Type: Beach holiday (48%)
Weather: Warm with sunshine (67%)
Length: Two weeks (32%)
Travel with: Partner (53%)
Transport: Plane (82%)
Accommodation: Hotel (68%)

A survey of holiday-goers shows contentment kicks in from the moment a trip is planned, with a quarter of travellers (25%) saying their happiest holiday moment is booking a flight, even more than arriving at their destination (16%).

“Travel brings us three stages of happiness; anticipatory excitement when booking and planning a holiday; experience happiness when we’re switched off and enjoying the holiday; and when it’s all over we experience positive reminiscing for up to several months or even years,”  Psychologist Dr. Tim Sharp, Australia’s very own ‘Dr. Happy’, explained.

For a nation of beach bums, it’s no surprise that a beach holiday is most likely to bring Australians a sense of wellbeing (48%) followed by a cultural holiday (22%). Pair this with plenty of warm sunshine (favoured by 67%) and you’re on your way to a happy trip.

The ideal holiday length for Aussie travellers is two weeks (32%), followed by a month (19%) or more (24%). More than half (53%) of travellers ranked their partners as their number one travel companion, followed by children and partner (18%) whilst travelling with friends and travelling solo ranked an equal 9% each.

 

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