When it Comes to Your Happiness, is Travel Important? [INFOGRAPHIC] #HappyDay

Liz Kucharska March 19, 2013 31

March 20 marks the first ever International Day of Happiness, a day established by the United Nations General Assembly. To draw the connection between travel and happiness, we ran a survey and asked you how travel factors into your happiness. Here are the results.

G Adventures Happiness Survey Infographic

A big thank you to everyone who completed the survey – all 2,321 of you! For every response we received, we donated $1 to Planeterra. Find out how Planeterra will spend the money and spread the happiness here.

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  1. Julie March 15, 2013 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Who answered this survey ? Travel more important than having babies or getting maried, with 1 hour a day dreaming about travell… Travel freaks ?

  2. Daniel March 18, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Hey Julie — the online survey was conducted through Fluid Surveys between February 3 and 14, 2013. Results were based on a sample of 2,321 respondents from G Adventures external global network.

  3. Audrey March 20, 2013 at 5:02 am - Reply

    now if only i could figure out how to make enough money to sustain my travelling!! :(

  4. Lee March 20, 2013 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Julie – Some people choose not to live their lives in the same way as anyone else and prioritise travelling above settling down with a family. Neither way is right or wrong they’re just different viewpoints. Personally I prioritise Travel above most things and barely a moment goes by when I’m not thinking about where I want to go next.

    I do however think the above statistics are likely to be skewed in favour of travel purely due to the nature of the site and targeted audience.

  5. Jake March 20, 2013 at 9:37 am - Reply

    This is ridiculous in that it is hardly representative of anything but a narrow group who comprise the g adventure customer base of true travel zealots. Australia #1, Europe #4; central America tied with n. America? C’mon .

  6. Aparna March 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    What about having it all? Family, kids and a good backpack to strap them in and see the world? :)

  7. Chris March 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Is the 71% broken down by age or another demographic anywhere? It seems high, but it depends on the respondent sample. For example, it makes sense that young respondents would not prioritize retirement over travel [although they should think about compound interest!]. It also makes sense that older respondents would not think about having a baby [as they probably already have children or have decided not to or cannot have children].

  8. Jim Jack June 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm - Reply


    I recently came across an infographic you had shared with your read https://www.gadventures.com/blog/how-happy-are-you/ on When It Comes To Your Happiness, Is Travel Important and thought I would reach out to you.

    We recently created an infographic which highlights the most relevant and helpful information when planning a trip to the most popular traveling destinations that I think your readers might be interested in.

    Here’s the link http://www.holidaybirds.com/popular-travel-destinations-infographic

    I hope you find the infographic good to share with your readers.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.


  9. peter langlois August 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Interesting infographic, but WHO are these travelers and where are they from? It makes a big difference in priority if they are from the US vs. Canada or the UK for that matter –

    Where are they from?

  10. Dario August 14, 2013 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Traveling is just changing geographic scenery whitout someone to share it with. In 8 or 10 days you’re looking at other kids play, but not playing yourself. To really absorbe certain place you need to coexist with its people, eat what they eat, learn the language and customs…and for that, you need to spend some time there. If you want to brag only, then these 10 day trips will do. But all of us who travelled know how hollow is that.

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