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What your vacation says about your personality

by Aurora Brink

Your choice of vacation says a lot about your personality. See what different universities and research institutes in the US have found in several recent studies.

An introvert or an extrovert?

First of all, your vacation shows how much you like being around people. The Journal of Research in Personality and scientists from the University of Virginia conducted a study in search of the connection between the place college students like to vacation and their type of character. Results show that introverts prefer the mountain, while extroverts – the seaside. The theory was further confirmed when they checked where the participants lived – it turned out that those who lived in mountain areas possess more introvert features compared to those who lived in lower areas.

Which is the exact type of vacation that makes us happy?

There are plenty of studies on vacations and the joy they bring. For example, a research conducted by Applied Research in Quality of Life magazine shows that people derive more joy from the planning phase than from the travel itself. In other words, you should devote more time to planning instead of going on holiday without a plan. Still, moderation is important here. Another research, cited by Harvard Business Review, indicates that people do not feel happy during trips, which they perceive as stressful. Busy schedule, long queues and little time to catch the next train/plane means that you will not come back from your holiday happier than before. Only people who take a simple, calm holiday, show higher levels of happiness after the trip. In other words, you need to choose between being happy before the holiday or after.

Another research, devoted to the International Happiness Day, shows that half of the people spend about an hour a day dreaming about travelling. Mostly while at work.

Holidays and promotion

In the US there is something we can easily call workplace martyrdom – a huge number of workers do not use all days of paid annual leave in the name of their position at work. The lack of rest, however, leads to overwork, increased stress levels and in the end – to lower results. In a recent research, conducted in the US and Canada, it became clear that for every 10 days of holiday, the employee demonstrates 8% higher results.

How long is the perfect holiday?

A study, published in Psychologist magazine, reveals how long the perfect holiday is. The participants were asked to evaluate how satisfied they were with their holiday. Most satisfied were the ones, whose holiday lasted between 3 and 6 days.