Travel Effect

travel effectVacations!  We all need them, but how often are we really traveling and what does that mean for our health, relationships, workplace efficiency and overall happiness? According to U.S. Travel Association’s most recent campaign, Travel Effect, “the travel experience and the travel industry as a whole actually have a measurable and purposeful impact.”

In fact, KC Destinations, a group of metro area convention & visitors bureaus cooperatively marketed that exact message in 2012 through a campaign called “Reasons”.  Citing all the reasons to visit the Kansas City region coupled with a health, love or happiness benefit helped spread the word that taking a vacation pays off in the long run.

Vacations are proven to have a lasting impact on our lives both personally and professionally.  Take a look at these facts and then start planning your next getaway!  If you happen to live here in the metro, invite your visiting friends and family to explore Merriam and Kansas City for their next vacation!  As you can see below, the benefits are definitely worth it.

Travel + relationships  (source:

  • Couples that travel together are more likely to feel their romance is alive and well, and 72 percent say travel inspires that romance
  • More than 3 in 4 respondents said traveling together is a way to not only relax together but also be adventurous and share new experiences
  • People pick travel over expensive gifts 4 to 1 when asked what’s better for sparking romance
  • Couples who travel together are more likely to make it past the 5-year relationship mark

Travel + health (source: U.S. Travel Association)

  • An annual vacation can cut a person’s risk of heart attack by 50 percent
  • Blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of epinephrine – a stress hormone – decline on holidays of only one or two days
  • Travelers rate their overall health one full point higher (on a scale of 1 to 5) while on vacation. They also get three times more deep sleep after their vacation and sleep almost 20 minutes longer after their vacation

Travel + workplace (source: U.S. Travel Association)

  • Three out of four executives believe that vacations are necessary for them to prevent burnout (78%) or that vacations improve their personal job performance (75%)
  • Travelers experience a 25% increase in performance on vigilance tests after returning from vacation – travelers 45 or older show a 50% increase in performance
  • One in four American leisure travelers would be willing to trade an increase in pay for an increase in vacation time

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