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Taking a holiday could make you happy - who knew?

25 February 2010 08:50

Taking a holiday could make you happy - who knew?

It may be a case of - as Basil Fawlty might have said - stating the bleeding obvious, but new research has confirmed what most people already suspected: taking holidays makes us happy.

Scientists at Rotterdam University in Holland looked at the wellbeing levels of more than 1,500 people, some of whom were going away and some who were not, and also measured happiness for the holidaymakers both before and after the break.

It was discovered that we are likely to be at our happiest while looking forward to our holiday (no doubt boasting about it by the water cooler adds to that!), while those who had a break to look forward to were on the whole a lot more cheerful than those who did not.

However, what you may not have known is that a break in the sunshine could make you feel happier and healthier for up to two months after you come back to reality.

The scientists found that as long as you can report having a "very relaxing" time while on your travels, you could be reaping the benefits to your wellbeing for up to eight weeks.

It was therefore suggested that travellers could consider taking more short holidays instead of using up all their allowance on a two-week trip.

This could be a great idea provided you're not confined to school holidays or other restrictions.

If you do decide to go on a greater number of shorter breaks, you may wish to get in touch with us to alter your travel insurance cover from single trip to an annual policy, as this is likely to work out cheaper.

Meanwhile, although holidays are the best time to let your hair down and have fun, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office has reminded Brits to be sensible and trust their instincts to avoid getting hurt on their travels this year.

It urged holidaymakers not to take risks that they would never even consider at home and also reminded travellers not to undertake potentially dangerous activities while under the influence of alcohol. The World First blog has some great articles about staying safe whilst away on holiday.

This came after research from More Than found that half a million people from the UK will unwittingly ski while over the drink-drive limit on their winter sports holidays this year, while 45 per cent said they plan to drink every day.

Published by World First Travel Insurance - providers of worldwide travel insurance for all types of holiday, travel insurance for pre existing medical conditions and great family travel insurance. Get in touch for competitive travel insurance quotes today.

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