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If you don’t approach booking travel too cerebral, you’ll enjoy planning more. A survey shows which type of travel is particularly good for Germans.

90 percent of German travelers say that booking a spontaneous trip gives them pleasure. This is the result of a survey commissioned by the travel company Skyscanner. As part of the survey, 1,000 participants were asked, among other things, what type of trip they prefer. Spontaneous vacations are not new territory for some: 15 percent of Germans have already gone to the airport without a specific destination, booked immediately, and would like to do so again, according to the Skyscanner survey. 53 percent would like to try it, they say.

The corona pandemic has an impact on travel behavior. Security measures and rapidly changing entry and exit regulations meant that travelers often had to change their plans spontaneously. But spontaneity when traveling does have some positive effects: Spontaneous travel is said to reduce stress and anxiety and add a playful level to everyday life, explains psychologist Emma Kenny. She did research on the psychology of spontaneity.

Grandma and her two grandchildren are sitting in a boat.
Whether it’s a boat trip, a holiday on a South Sea island or a hiking trip: a change of scenery allows you to recharge your batteries and forget about everyday worries. © Rainer Holz/Imago

“Exploring an unknown destination: travelers benefit psychologically”

“A common stressor is making decisions when planning a vacation. That’s why it can be so liberating to forgo the methodical organization that so often accompanies a well-planned vacation and instead enjoy an impromptu trip,” says Kenny. “Even though it can seem overwhelming to pack up and board a plane to explore an unknown destination: Travelers benefit psychologically as it creates an “I can do it” attitude and reminds you of the limitless possibilities that exist. With no agenda or fixed plans, every step vacationers take is accompanied by a feeling of adventure connected, which many find very liberating.”

The pandemic encourages spontaneity, at least when traveling. 62 percent of those surveyed stated that, triggered by the pandemic, they now want to be even more spontaneous. More detailed survey results:

  • 49 percent of those surveyed have booked a trip to a destination they knew absolutely nothing about.
  • 15 percent have already gone to the airport without a plan and booked right away, and would do so again.
  • 56 percent of those surveyed have already booked a spur-of-the-moment holiday.
  • 90 percent of this group say that the reserve brought them joy and excitement.

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