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People who travel are happier

Those who travel frequently are happier than those who don't.

A new study, which was published in the journal of Tourism Analysis, revealed that people are most happiest when they get to head on holiday, with those who travel at least 75 miles away from home regularly reporting themselves to be 7 per cent happier than those who didn't travel.

Of the 500 people polled, over half admitted to going on at least four trips a year, whilst only seven per cent of people said they did not travel on holiday at all.

Chun-Chu Chen, assistant professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University, who conducted the study, said: "While things like work, family life, and friends play a bigger role in overall reports of well-being, the accumulation of travel experiences does appear to have a small yet noticeable effect on self-reported life satisfaction. It really illustrates the importance of being able to get out of your routine and experience new things ...

"This research shows the more people talk about and plan vacations the more likely they are to take them. If you are like me and chomping at the bit to get out of dodge and see someplace new, this research will hopefully be some additional good motivation to start planning your next vacation."

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