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Exploring your hometown

Exploring your own neighbourhood can be just as satisfying as travelling abroad.

A study published in Nature Neuroscience has revealed that people can get as much satisfaction from travelling locally as going to long-haul destinations as most of the world is forced to remain near their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The researchers said: "Using geolocation tracking, experience sampling and neuro-imaging, we found that daily variability in physical location was associated with increased positive effect in humans."

As part of the study, over 100 people living in New York and Miami were tracked as they explored the areas nearby their home. There was an increase in their levels of happiness, along with other positive emotions.

It comes after a previous study revealed staycations are becoming increasingly more popular due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite international travel slowly starting up, the future of travel still looks geared towards staying in your own town or country.

A 'The Future of Travel' study, conducted by Simon-Kucher & Partners, surveyed over 3,500 people across the United States and Europe about their post COVID-19 travel style and preferences.

Despite just under a third of people (30 per cent) wanting to travel as soon as they are able to, another 40 per cent of people would want to travel again if they feel the airline or travel provider had provided the necessary measures to allow them to feel safe.

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