Do holidays make us happier?

Peter Terlato 8 August 2016

Holiday happy

Planning a trip away might just the pickup you need.

If it wasn't already obvious, having holiday plans on the horizon definitely puts a smile on the face of most Australians.

Roy Morgan Research found that Aussies who are planning a holiday in the next year have a distinctly more positive outlook on life than those with no holidays planned.

Almost four-fifths (79.4%) of Aussies planning an overseas trip and more than three quarters (77.5%) of those planning a domestic jaunt in the next 12 months are "optimistic about the future".

Additionally, more than 80% of Aussies with either an overseas or domestic holiday planned claim they're "feeling well and in good health".

However, almost 60% of respondents not planning a holiday in the next year believe "globalisation brings more problems than it solves".

Australians intending to take a holiday in the next year are also much more likely than those with no intention to travel to "feel financially stable at the moment".

"It makes sense that people with a holiday in the pipeline tend to feel more positive towards life: knowing they’ll soon be breaking with routine and enjoying themselves free of their usual day-to-day responsibilities can work wonders for their general outlook," Roy Morgan Research industry communications director Norman Morris says.

"But while there is no denying this mood-lifting sense of anticipation, a lack of financial confidence often stops people from even considering a holiday."

Whether you’re hunting for early bird specials or last minute holiday deals, take advantage of our comprehensive guide as to when and how to book your next cheap holiday.

Short on holiday funding? Consider taking out a holiday loan and organising a flexible repayment plan.

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