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Travel Will Make You Happier

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Experiences over material objects have been proven to provide more happiness

Something about travelling allows us time and space to reconnect to ourselves. It also gives us a fresh perspective on life and once a trip is booked can give us something exciting to look forward to. 

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, conducted a 20-year study which found the happiness generated by spending your money on things fades quickly, while the happiness and positive benefits generated by spending money on experiences is long lasting. Gilovich along with other researchers have found that investing in experiences— even those which are fleeting - are more likely to deliver joy above material things. 

“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” said Gilovich. "You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.” And travel is one of the most rewarding experiences money can buy.  While it might be Winter here in Australia right now, travelling away from the cold to the other side of the world where its warm and welcoming has extra benefits (such as an extra boost of vitamin D and swapping up your Winter woolies for some scrappy sandals and a trendy t-shirt (plus pants of course!). The Northern Hemisphere is at its best when the sun is shinning. While we are pretty spoilt here in Australian when it comes to sunny days vs not so sunny days, in much of Europe and the UK clear blue skies and warm days are not as frequent so all the more precious and timing of the essence.   

Show me the Money 

When planning a trip there is always lots to organise, one of which is arranging to have some local cash for your arrival at the destination (of course along with a credit, debit or travel money card) so you can focus on grabbing the first cab you see and checking in to your accommodation or sitting down for a proper meal or a coffee before marching off to find an ATM. Local cash is always handy especially for cabs, public transport and local markets and can give you the upper hand if bartering is your thing. The major currently used across Europe is the Euro (though you will find some exceptions particularly across ) and in the UK the main currency is Pounds (though Ireland uses Euro). 

Wherever you are planning to visit, with the help of Endeavour and Travelex, you can have the correct currency (with a choice of denominations) in your pocket (or money belt). You will have access to over 50 currencies (including all the major European currencies). Once you place an order, your cash will usually be available at your preferred branch within 48-72 hours (depending on branch location). Plus if you have any unused foreign currencies left when you return from your holiday you can usually have them converted back to Aussie dollars (subject to acceptability).

So rather than spending more on keeping up with the Jones or the Smiths (or whoever seems to be constantly upgrading their ‘stuff’), book a trip for somewhere far away for an experience no material item will ever be able to rival.   

Endeavour can assist with many elements of an overseas trip.  From setting up a savings account for you to dedicate to your adventures, to arranging foreign currencies, a travel money card and even travel insurance.  We'd love to help turn your dream holiday into a reality, contact us to find out more.  

Alison Gallagher is a freelance writer, resourcefulness expert and entrepreneur. She has been featured in various publications including Stellar Magazine, Australian Health and Fitness Magazine, and Cleo Magazine. Alison is particularly passionate about sharing practical tips on how to live simply, sustainably and seasonally.