People dreaming of travel postCOVID-19 now have some scientific data to support their wanderlust. A new study from Washington State University shows frequent travellers are happier with their lives than people who don’t travel at all. The research also shows that individual­s who pay more attention to tourismrel­ated informatio­n and frequently discuss their travel plans with friends are more likely to go on regular vacations than those who aren’t constantly thinking about their next trip. “While things like work, family life and friends play a bigger role in overall reports of wellbeing, the accumulati­on of travel experience­s does appear to have a small yet noticeable effect on self-reported life satisfacti­on,” says lead researcher Professor Chun-Chu Chen. “It really illustrate­s the importance of being able to get out of your routine and experience new things.”

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