The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations
The word travel brings up all sorts of images: gorgeous scenery, exotic foods, rest and relaxation…and also long lines, unexpected expenses, mosquitoes…While most of us like the idea of travel, sometimes the negative associations seem so overwhelming that we feel like avoiding travel altogether.
This book wants to dispel your fears so your trips are enjoyable and memorable. As well as giving specific guidance, author Jamie Kurtz, a great traveler herself, offers the scientific research that supports her advice. Psychological studies have much to teach us about maximizing happiness, and Kurtz applies these specifically to rules such as minimizing acclimation, building anticipation, traveling with others, using technology, immersion, and many others. This is not a “how to pack” book or a tour guide; rather, it is a general review of how to make the most of your travels, wherever you go or whatever your personality or style. It is filled with quizzes for you to better understand yourself and is written in a conversational, intelligent, friendly tone that reads quickly and engagingly. If you are interested in traveling, this book gives you the tools you need to prepare, experience, and recover from them in the best possible ways to maximize your happiness.
Oxford University Press