The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations

The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations

by Jaime Kurtz

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190638986
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/29/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,217,739
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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

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