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Happiness Is Booking a Flight to The Beach for Two Weeks

March 20, 2017 Aviation No Comments Email Email

To celebrate International Day of Happiness today, Jetstar has revealed the formula for planning the ultimate happy holiday.

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%).

Proving the journey is just as important as the destination, nearly a third of travellers (28%) say they first ‘switch off’ and kick into holiday mode as they board the flight, followed by arriving at the airport (19%). For others it’s being able to spend the full day with loved ones once they have reached their destination that brings the biggest smile to their faces (13%).

Psychologist Dr. Tim Sharp, Australia’s very own ‘Dr. Happy’ explains, “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. Even holiday hiccups such as getting lost or trying the questionable local cuisine turn into lessons learnt and stories for friends that make you happier as time goes on.”

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.

“It’s scientifically proven that we feel more connected to the world and stress-free when surrounded by nature, meaning beach and cultural holidays are most popular as we look to switch off and reconnect with ourselves,” Dr Happy said.

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. Two per cent of travellers rated their extended family as their happiest travel companions.

Dr. Happy adds, “It takes at least two to three days for the average person to settle into holiday mode and there is a natural inclination to start thinking about home again as your holiday wraps up, meaning people should look to go on holiday for two weeks or more to give them plenty of time to enjoy themselves between winding down and then refocusing.”

Jetstar Group Chief Commercial Officer, Catriona Larritt, said, “We’ve flown more than 200 million passengers across our network, and we see first hand the happiness that comes with taking a holiday.

“We truly believe that travel is the key to happiness, so it’s our mission to offer low fares to allow more people to fly to more places, more often.”

To celebrate the happiness-boosting benefits of travel, Jetstar have compiled the formula for the ultimate trip:

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%)

On the flip side, the research also revealed what you might like to avoid when booking your next trip; Backpacking (2%) with your parents (1%) to the snow (8%) for a long weekend (1%).

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