The Biggest Travel Regret People Had in 2018 Is Really Sad: If you don't already have a summer vacay planned, you might want to listen up.
Posted on Feb 13th, 2019
By Marisa Spyker
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As editors who think, write, and dream about the coast all day long, we’ve long subscribed to one simple fact: Deficiency in “Vitamin Sea” leads to serious FOMO.
Which is precisely why we were surprised—horrified?—to learn that, according to a new surveythis link opens in a new tab from Airbnb, the most common travel-related regret people had at the end of 2018 was not taking a beach vacation.
To gather the data, Airbnb polled 2,000 Americans on their travel habits. Of the sample, two-thirds admitted to not taking a beach vacation and regretting it. When asked what the biggest barriers to not taking a beach vacation were, participants pointed to financial constraints and limited vacation days.
When you consider the benefits of basking by the sea, it’s not exactly surprising to hear that missing out on that beach fix might disappoint. Over the years, numerous scientific studiesthis link opens in a new tab have found that being in, on, or near the water can positively affect our minds and bodies in many ways, including lowering stress, decreasing heart rate, and increasing our overall sense of well-being. (Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols calls the mildly meditative state we tend to fall into when near the ocean our “Blue Mind.”)this link opens in a new tab And in terms of physical health, those who are lucky enough to reside near the coast consistently rank among the fittest in America.