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18th Apr 2017

Going on holiday inspires people to make these life-changing decisions

Starting a new career, proposing marriage and deciding to pen a novel are among a list of life-changing decisions that people have made while on holiday, a new study has revealed.

Researchers surveyed holiday makers and found getting away from it all eases stress for over half of respondents, leading the average adult to having made TWO major decisions while away on their holibobs.

According to the study by online travel agent, Travel Republic, nearly half of those surveyed said that their annual holiday is the only chance they get to reassess their life. In fact, the typical adult will spend a staggering SIX hours of their holiday dedicated to mulling over their career plans, love life and living arrangements.

A third said not having the stress of work makes it easier to think and 34% said a holiday enabled them to talk to their family and friends at length. One in five of those surveyed said their friends and family are always more likely to open up to them when they are on holiday.

Other popular decisions to make when abroad included planning an extreme diet or exercise plan, starting a family and getting a tattoo.

Some rather unique decisions included purchasing a mobility scooter, applying for a PhD, and (for some brave holidaymakers) saying “I love you” for the first time. And with decisions made, the majority of respondents (95%) said their life changes were the right decision.

More drastic conclusions adults have come to on holiday are to start a blog or a business. While more adventurous types have committed to completing a new challenge or partaking in an extreme sport, like bungee jumping or sky diving.

A tactical 13% said they have waited until a holiday to start a difficult conversation which needed to be handled delicately.

A spokesperson for Travel Republic, who carried out the study of 1,000 holiday-makers, said:

“We live busy, stressful lives and this research has shown the importance of holidays as a time to really reflect on the things that are important in life.

Not having to face the daily grind of work, the commute and domestic life can relieve the stress that help us to be more relaxed and open to deeper conversations.

And it is great to see that by having the time to talk and disconnect from everyday life, these major decisions being made whilst on holiday are having a positive impact.”

More than one in twenty adults have been in such a quandary regarding an aspect of their life they booked a holiday purely to ponder what to do for the best. Nearly two thirds of those studied said a relaxing, beach holiday was the best type of break to contemplate life issues – although 18% felt a city break was preferable.

Spain came top of in the list of international destinations we are most likely to reach to some major decisions, followed by the USA, Italy and Greece. Our own shores also made the top 20 (just), coming in at number 19.

The 20 most common decisions people make on holidays

1. To move house
2. Renovate a house
3. To start a family
4. To start a new career
5. To go on an extreme diet or exercise plan
6. To quit a job
7. To move in with a partner
8. To resolve day-to-day relationship issues
9. To have another baby
10. To get a tattoo
11. To start a business
12. To achieve a lifelong goal or challenge
13. To leave an unhappy relationship
14. To emigrate or move to another part of the country
15. To re-train for a new career
16. To take early retirement
17. To propose
18. To resolve a long-standing family rift
19. To write a book
20. To start a blog

The top 20 international destinations to reach a life-changing decision

1. Spain
2. USA
3. Italy
4. Greece
5. France
6. Portugal
7. Thailand
8. Germany
9. Australia
10. Caribbean
11. Turkey
12. Maldives
13. Mexico
14. Canada
15. Africa
16. Japan
17. Dubai
18. Switzerland
19. Ireland
20. New Zealand