Can Culinary Travel Make You Happier? Science Says Yes!

Can Culinary Travel Make You Happier? Science Says Yes!

We recently featured a post about how more than half of Americans skip out of their vacation days. Why do so many people avoid taking time off? Possibly because they are behind on saving for retirement, and figure that the wise thing to do is to earn as much, and save as much as possible.

When we do spend money, our first thought is usually to purchase possessions. Because they last, we tell ourselves they bring the most value to our lives. As much as you might want to spend money on an epic culinary adventure, a possession is worth more in the end than a fleeting experience, right?

Maybe not. Research actually shows that, in the long run, spending money on experiences has the potential to make us far happier than buying more possessions.

Why? Experiences may be ephemeral, but the memories they create can last forever. You can probably still taste the most delicious foods you’ve eaten on vacations from years past – even though you only tried them once.

Not only that, but over the long term, we tend to look back on only the best in our memories. You won’t necessarily remember that hassle with the luggage check at the airport, but you will remember the incredible fresh-caught seafood you shared with friends at that enchanting Croatian restaurant overlooking the sparkling Adriatic Sea.

Experiences also have the power to change our lives for the better. Maybe while you are on vacation, you won’t just sample delectable foreign delights, but you’ll also take a cooking class to learn how to make them yourself. At that point, you open the door to a whole lifetime of culinary experiences in your own kitchen.

Check out the infographic from InvestmentZen below to learn more about why spending money on experiences (culinary or otherwise) is always worth it!


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2 thoughts on “Can Culinary Travel Make You Happier? Science Says Yes!

  1. Murissa says:

    To your point at the start of your article, in some industries taking time off is also a sign of weakness. It’s a negative thing to be perceived as not completely crucial to your workspace. If you take 2 weeks or more off work and your work doesn’t have a problem with your absence then perhaps they can do without you. Unfortunately it is a live to work not work to live mentality. Very odd. I cannot relate at all to these people! Lol.

    Culinary travel is my favourite way to experience the world. If I see a beautiful place to visit my first question is…How’s the food?

    • The Culinary Travel Guide says:

      You’re right, Murissa. I think a lot of people are also concerned about competition. I remember reading about Richard Branson’s ‘unlimited vacation’ policy and thinking how jealous I was until I saw the caveat – they can take as much vacation as they want if they are a hundred per cent comfortable that they and their team are up to date on every project and that their absence will not in any way damage the business – or, for that matter, their careers!

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