The holiday happiness curve: a preliminary investigation into mood during a holiday abroad
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 281–290, May/June 2010
How to Cite
Nawijn, J. (2010), The holiday happiness curve: a preliminary investigation into mood during a holiday abroad. Int. J. Tourism Res., 12: 281–290. doi: 10.1002/jtr.756
- Issue published online: 5 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 25 SEP 2009
- Manuscript Received: 11 APR 2009
- length of stay;
- mood of the day;
- tourist experiences
We take holidays for pleasure, but how well do we actually feel during our holiday? This question was addressed in a study of 481 international tourists in the Netherlands, who answered questions about their mood of the day and about their satisfaction with life in general. Average mood appears to be high. Mood was somewhat lower among people who were in the first ‘travel phase’ of about 10% of the holiday duration. Mood was highest during the ‘core phase’, which covers about 70% of the holiday time. Mood then declines slightly, but increases during the last part of the holiday. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.