Sure, that’s pretty much stating the obvious. I’ve posted about how deciding to a trip boosted my mood when I was going through a difficult time, and how I usually beat my post-vacation blues by booking another trip. And I’d think that most people would agree that they just feel better when they have a getaway coming up.
But I’m all for anything that spreads the word of how travel is good for you!
According to the NYT piece, anticipating a trip makes you happier due to a number of reasons. (All are well-rooted in happiness psychology.):
- Researching a destination can get you excited about what you’ll see/do/experience, as well as provide you with positive images to recall anytime you think about your trip.
- By researching, you’re also learning lots of interesting, new things—thus shaking up your
- Most people also talk about their upcoming trips with friends or family—the act of being social is a happiness booster, as is talking about experiences.
I like to refer to upcoming trips as “carrots”—like a carrot dangling in front of a horse to get him to move. Quick getaways are “baby carrots” and long trips are “big-ass carrots.” They’re the incentives that energize me anytime I think of them, simply by making my life feel richer and more exciting.