The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations Paperback – May 29, 2017
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"As a happiness researcher, I frequently get calls from major media outlets trying to cobble together stories about making travel more emotionally satisfying. Until now, I haven't been able to point them to a source that pulls together the diverse strands of research that are relevant to this topic. Jaime Kurtz is poised to provide just what everyone's been looking for. And with her research expertise, easygoing style, and natural sense of humor, Jaime will be the perfect tour guide!" --Elizabeth Dunn, Ph.D., co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and Associate Professor of Psychology at the
University of British Columbia
"The Happy Traveler is a terrific book and Jaime Kurtz is the perfect person to write it. She is a highly respected researcher who made important discoveries about savoring, affective forecasting, and many other topics relevant to the book. Even better, she is a talented writer and story teller who will regale her readers with tales of traveling nightmares and traveling triumphs." --Timothy Wilson, Ph.D., author of Redirect (Back Bay Books, 2015) and Strangers to Ourselves and Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia
About the Author
Jaime Kurtz is Associate Professor of Psychology at James Madison University. Her research on happiness and savoring has been published widely in scientific journals, receiving national attention from NPR and The Today Show, as well as in print and online magazines. With bestselling author Sonja Lyubomirsky, she is co-author of Positively Happy: Routes to Sustainable Happiness, a workbook for putting happiness strategies into practice in everyday life. Dr. Kurtz is a collaborator on the "Many Labs" study, a groundbreaking project designed to test whether psychological research replicates across time and place. This ongoing work has received national acclaim from National Geographic, Science, and Nature. Dr. Kurtz's mindful travel photography has been featured in The New York Times. Dr. Kurtz has visited 29 countries and 45 of the 50 United States.
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0190638982
- ISBN-13 : 978-0190638986
- Dimensions : 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; 1st edition (May 29, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Are you looking for a challenge or do you prefer to be comfortable? Are you spontaneous or a planner? Are you seeking exotic meals or the familiarity of McDonalds and Starbucks? Are you an introvert or extrovert? Are you focusing on the romance of the trip or the cost and regrettable mistakes? Are you trying to save time, or money, or both? Are you travelling with the right person? Are you considering the right places? This book will help you find answers to these questions.
As the author notes: Travel magnifies all emotional experiences – the awe and the inter-personal conflicts. With her engaging stories, she helps us better understand the uncharted emotional territory that travelers are certain to experience in themselves and those we travel with.
With solid academic preparation in the research about decision making, positive psychology, and travel, the author provides actionable suggestions for enhancing your travel experience. This book is an investment that is worth your time and money. It will enhance the quality of your experience and the richness of your memories.
Since I retired, I have visited more than 35 countries. I have traveled solo, with a partner and with small groups. This advice is as good as it gets. I have a richer understanding why some of the trips did not meet my expectations. I also have a number of ideas for improving future trips.
I loved the author’s level of self-awareness, self-disclosure and authenticity. I wish that I was a student in her classes or a travel buddy. I highly recommend this book to every traveler, travel agent and those responsible for marketing or customer service in the travel industry. This is a treasure chest of great insights. Thank you.