This is according to G Adventures 2013 Happiness Survey; at least 83% of respondents “said travel is very important to their happiness. In fact, in terms of making people happy travel was deemed more important than marriage and having a baby.”
“According to the survey, travelling is more important to women than men. While men prefer to travel with their other half, women ranked “friends” as their ideal globetrotting companion. Family members are the least popular people to travel with and a surprising eight per cent of people in a relationship prefer to travel solo. ”
“When asked what aspect of travel makes respondents most happy, “new experiences” topped the list, followed by “culture” and “meeting new people”. Australia and New Zealand are the most desired destinations and nearly half (46%) of those surveyed enjoy engaging in active experiences when travelling.
Furthermore, more than half (57%) prefer to celebrate a happy occasion such as a birthday or anniversary somewhere abroad or overseas. When not travelling, 60 per cent of respondents find inspiration researching travel online.”
Full article including some other nice info-graphics here
Today is the world’s first International Happiness Day but I have decided to be a contrarian and be sad today. I will (try to) be happy for the rest of the year.