Whether we’re clocking up overtime at work or planning your weekends for months in advance, it’s all too common to fill up every bit of free time we have with carefully calculated tasks and activities. There’s nothing wrong with being organised, but new research indicates that injecting a little spontaneous travel into your life could be the key to a host of positive life changes.
The survey, released by Booking.com, indicated that spontaneous travel not only reduces stress for many, it can also have a significant effect on happiness and romance. Four out of five respondents said that taking a spontaneous trip boosts their happiness, while many spoke of how taking last minute holidays reinvigorated them - two thirds claimed it made them more productive at work, and nearly three quarters of those surveyed felt that it reduced their stress levels.
And those who are looking to bring back lost romance may be in luck: 76% of respondents said that taking a spontaneous trip with their partner helps reignite the lost spark - in fact, over half of the women surveyed said that being surprised with a last minute trip by their partner would be more meaningful to them than jewelry or a day at the spa.
Organising a spontaneous holiday isn’t as difficult as some might think, either. Thanks to the ability to quickly compare and book accommodation and transport online, you can be ready to race off to your destination in a fraction of the time that was previously required.
Need a little inspiration for where to go and what to do? If getting out among the rich diversity of nature is your kind of thing, why not opt for a national park? These windows into a more pristine past offer relaxation, adventure, unique wildlife encounters and spectacular views. A few examples of all times favourite national parks are Banff, in the canadian Rockies, Kakadu, near Darwin, Australia and Abel Tasman, on the northern part of New Zealand's South island.
For a more romantic getaway, there are plenty of places that cater to couples looking for an intimate setting. Many who choose to clear their schedule and head off into the blue are searching for a spot they’ve never been before - make sure you find something that’s great for you. Here are some places you could go for a romantic getaway: Florence, in Italy, Paris, the capital of love, in France and Carmel, just 2 hours South of San Francisco.
Perhaps for you it’s more about the journey along the way than the destination. Road trips are perfect for last minute holidays thanks to their flexible nature; sometimes you want to be able to change your plans at the last moment to take advantage of the opportunities that spring up along the way. Some great countries to start a road trip include Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
No matter what form you’d like your spur of the moment adventure to take, the most important thing is to stop thinking about it (everybody does that) and just do it. What happens next will be the stuff of fond memories for years to come.