WHO warns there will be no herd immunity in 2021

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This year, herd immunity against Covid-19 will not be achieved, although vaccines have begun to be distributed in many countries, the World Health Organization warned this Monday.

Setting a goal to travel more is often one of the most adopted good resolutions for the New Year, even if by 2020 this wish has been put aside for many people.

But thinking about it and projecting yourself would already be good for our morale, as Washington State University researchers say, "People who dream of traveling after COVID-19 now have scientific data to back up their wishes."

Their recent study, published in the journal Tourism Analysis, shows that frequent travelers are more likely to be happy than people who do not travel at all.

Specifically, the researchers wanted to conduct a study to find out why some people travel more frequently than others and whether travel and tourism experiences have, yes or no, a lasting effect on happiness and well-being.

Study participants were asked about their satisfaction with daily life, followed by the importance of travel in their life, how much time they spent researching and planning their future vacations, and how often they traveled in a year.

Of the 500 survey participants, just over half said they take more than four leisure trips a year and only 7% of them take no time off.

An important area for quality of life

The results show that people who pay more attention to travel information and who often discuss their travel plans with friends are more likely to go on vacation regularly. On the other hand, people who value tourism are more likely to collect travel information, which translates to more frequent trips.

The researchers also found that frequent travelers are more likely to be more satisfied with their lives. "This suggests that travel may be an important area of life that affects how people rate their overall quality of life", the study notes.

It also reveals that participants who regularly traveled at least 75 miles from home reported being around 7% happier when asked about their general well-being, compared to those who traveled very rarely or not.

"This really illustrates the importance of being able to break out the rutine and experiment with new things," adds Professor Chen, lead author of the study.

The benefits of planning your next vacation

The scientific team recalls that while previous studies have examined the benefits of tourism experiences on health and well-being, these have tended to examine the effect of a single trip or vacation. The idea here was to go one step further by looking at the lasting benefits of traveling for a year.

Based on these findings, the researchers note that travel agencies, resorts, and even airlines could launch social media campaigns, such as hashtags about the scientific benefits of vacations, to generate publicity and interest from people in discussing their opinions on travel.

"This research shows that the more people talking and planning vacations, the more likely they are to take them. We hope it is a good additional motivation to start planning their next vacations," concludes Professor Chen.

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