There’s no doubt that the back-to-work blues are real but doctors and professors the world over agree that travel can, and does, make us happier.
“A study published in the Journal Applied Research Quality of Life found that planning a trip can make you happier than actually heading off on holiday,” says Teresa Richardson, Managing Director of The Travel Corporation in South Africa. “By booking early, not only will you get the best deals and pricing, but you get to enjoy that pre-holiday burst of endorphins for longer.”
Richardson shares some destinations to visit:
You only need to witness the swirling colours of the flamenco dancer’s skirt or sip on your first sangria to realise that Spain is a sultry mix of all the colours of the rainbow capped by a warm, blue Mediterranean sky.
Wander through the honey-hued Alhambra Palace in Granada, snap selfies in front of Gaudi’s whimsical gift to Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, and lick the chocolatey goodness of churros off your fingers while relaxing in Buen Retiro Park, once a royal garden and today a lush green oasis in the heart of bustling Madrid. From the citrusy freshness of orange zest in Valencia to the salty air of the seaside Torremolinos, embrace la buena vida (the good life in Spanish).