Travel is one of the most sought-after experiences in life. It has the singular ability to capture our imaginations, serving as a canvas onto which we project our deepest desires and needs: escape, relaxation, transcendence, interpersonal connection, cultural education, and more. Few things hold such a privileged place, yet until now, there has been no instruction manual for how to make the most of travelling, be it to an exotic country or to the local beach.
In The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations, psychology professor Jaime Kurtz applies the large and ever-growing body of research on happiness and decision-making to enhance the experience of travel. An avid explorer, study abroad instructor, teacher, and happiness researcher, Dr. Kurtz shows how anyone who has a vacation in his or her future can create the most meaningful, fulfilling, and joyful experiences possible.
When the price of travel is daunting, getting the most "bang for your buck", both financially and emotionally, is essential to an ideal travel experience. With a sense of humor and adventure, Dr. Kurtz provides guidance on how to craft your perfect trip, boost your excitement before your trip even begins, and actively immerse yourself in a new culture while unplugging from your technological ties to home. She also explains how to best cherish and share travel moments, how to ease back into your daily life upon returning, and how to carry the secrets of happy travel into every day.
This is a must-have guide if you are looking to make the most of your precious vacation days.
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About the Author
Jaime L. Kurtz is Associate Professor of Psychology at James Madison University. Her research on happiness and savoring has been published widely in scientific journals, receiving national attention from NPR and The Today Show, as well as in print and online magazines. With bestselling author Sonja Lyubomirsky, she is co-author of Positively Happy: Routes to Sustainable Happiness, a workbook for putting happiness strategies into practice in everyday life. Dr. Kurtz is a collaborator on the "Many Labs" study, a groundbreaking project designed to test whether psychological research replicates across time and place. This ongoing work has received national acclaim from National Geographic, Science,
and Nature. Dr. Kurtz's mindful travel photography has been featured in The New York Times.
Always eager to merge her love of psychology and travel, she is creator and director of Exploring the Good Life in Scandinavia. In this three-week summer program, she leads college students on a tour of two of the world's happiest nations, Denmark and Sweden, where they observe and conduct interviews on cross-cultural differences in well-being. Dr. Kurtz has visited 29 countries and road-tripped through 45 of the 50 United States. Whether hiking the fjords of Norway, motorcycling through Vietnam, camping in Montana, or hanging out in her backyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, she's always putting her own research to the test to become a happier traveler in her own life.
Table of Contents
Prologue: I Had One Job
Chapter 1. Flying Blind: Why You Don't Know What Will Make You Happy Six Months from Now
Chapter 2. Where in the World? Why Knowing Your Travel Personality is Essential to Happy Travel
Chapter 3. Buying Fun: What's Worth Your Travel Buck?
Chapter 4. The Countdown is On: An Unexpected Way to Boost Your Enjoyment of a Trip Before You Even Leave Home
Chapter 5. Step Off the Tour Bus: How to Peel Back the Layers and Really See the World
Chapter 6. Pictures or It Didn't Happen!: The Challenges of Savoring in a Hyper-Connected World
Chapter 7. The Ultimate Relationship Test: What You Need to Know Before Traveling With Someone
Chapter 8. All Good Things Must End: How to Wind Down From a Trip Without Dreading the Return to Daily Life
Chapter 9. The Art of the Staycation: How to Live Every Day Like a Happy Traveler
Epilogue: The Twelve Rules for Happy Travel