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Vacation Success Has a New Twist

People usually believe that a vacation is a success when experiencing these emotions: feeling relaxed, refreshed – a reboot for the mind, body and spirit. If you think vacation travel affects your happiness and well-being by generating these positive emotions, think again. A new study by marketing professor Joe Sirgy of Virginia Tech's has some surprising findings which might help you to make a more cost effective decision to gauge if the trip is worth the expense and your time.

According to Sirgy the results of his research “contradict the general belief that leisure travel affects an individual’s life satisfaction through positive emotions related to health and safety.” These emotions, he says, include “feeling relaxed, rested, and mentally re-charged after the trip, or feeling healthier because the trip required physical activity.” Instead he explains that vacation satisfaction was experienced when travelers did not feel exhausted, get sick or worry about catching a disease like swine flu or stomach virus and did not gain weight. This is what Sirgy means by an absence of negative emotions related to health and safety.

When it concerns your finances, Sirgy explains that vacationers are happy when they do not run out of money during the trip or come home in debt as opposed to feeling “this trip was money well spent!”

Therefore when you plan your next vacation, should you decide to travel, you might want to weigh the cost versus the perceived benefit. Many of us struggling with the recession might feel deprived about not being able to afford the exotic trip or cruise. We exaggerate what is missing in our lives overlooking the reality which this study objectifies. Perhaps, the least stressful vacation and the most bang for your happiness is to make yourself a pina colada in your own backyard.

To achieve vacation satisfaction at home:
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