Road trips, outdoor time linked to happiness: Survey


New Delhi: Social distancing norms are the ''new normal" and it has the world spending more time indoors than ever, but a new survey revealed that 94 per cent of people report they are happier and healthier when they spend time outdoors.

As per Outdoorsy's Road to Wellness report, the open road is a welcome relief as people search for safe travel options. 71 per cent of respondents who had to cancel their summer travel plans are now considering an alternative vacation, such as a road trip.

It seems like remote workers have also caught the travel bug. For those with the flexibility to work from the road, a change of scenery doesn't have to tap into vacation days. Work-from-home (WFH) workers are 2.5 times more likely to say they would take more road trips if they had access to an RV, with 72 per cent of respondents reporting they are planning to take more road trips as a result of widespread work-from-home policies.

The survey shows 70 per cent of respondents would rather go on a road trip with family or a significant other than going alone, and that air travel could be a hassle. Three out of four people noted they would describe their last road trip as a "much-needed escape" and would plan to take one again soon

Time spent outdoors has a positive effect on an individual's wellbeing, but with this survey, we learned more about the wellness benefits attributed to time spent outdoors with family, said Outdoorsy. "The survey found an overwhelmingly positive sentiment to family road travel and anecdotal reports found that family ties were strengthened in direct correlation to the amount of time a family spends together in nature," it said.

Overall, 88 per cent of survey respondents say they want to incorporate the outdoors into their daily routine more often.

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