“Booking a trip - even just getting it on the calendar - might be the very thing we need to restore our emotional immune system after months of mounting uncertainty and stress.”1
Michelle Gielan, Founder, Institute for Applied Positive Research
With more Australians stepping up to get their Covid-19 vaccine, it’s only a matter of time before we hit the 80% double dose target.2
Based on the current vaccination rate, all states and territories are expected to reach the 80% milestone by December 20213, and once we do, restrictions should ease, borders should re-open and less restricted international travel (inbound and outbound) will likely recommence.
Relaxing on a warm sandy beach may be the ultimate goal, but planning your holiday can boost levels of happiness.4
1. Make the most of your annual leave. Because of pandemic restrictions and lockdowns, you may have a stash of annual leave. So why not make the most of these annual leave days and plan a holiday?
2. Great special reopening rates. Start planning early to make the most of reopening deals which could give you more bang for your buck.
3. Make the most of flexible guarantees. The earlier you plan your holiday, the more time you may have to adjust booking arrangements (where appropriate).
4. Pay for it over time. Planning your holiday gives you a goal and budget to save for over time.
5. And most importantly, give yourself something to look forward to.
Happy holiday planning!
1 Institute for Applied Positive Research, Planning travel creates happiness, August 21-24, 2020.
2 Double dose vaccination target of 80% of the population aged 16 and over.
3 Sources: Department of Health data extracted by Ken Tsang, Guardian analysis. Data as at 28 September, 2021.
4 SpringerLink, Vacationers Happier, but Most not Happier After a Holiday, 10 February 2010.
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