Brits prioritise travel over life-changing events

According to a recent survey, the British prioritise travel over more life-changing events, including buying a house, getting married or having a baby.

Today is the first ever International Happiness Day, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly, and to mark the event, G Adventures, a Canada-based adventure travel company, has carried out its 2013 Happiness Survey, questioning respondents from the UK and worldwide on the importance of travel to their happiness.

Of the Britons surveyed, 88 percent stated that travel was very important, putting the nation’s onus on travel ahead of the worldwide average of 83 percent. When asked what was most important to their happiness, marriage at 8 percent, buying a house at 7 percent and having a baby at 6 percent, all paled into insignificance when compared to travelling, which earned a massive 74 percent vote from respondents.

However, travelling is not always seen as a social pastime for insular Brits, with 30 percent of them happy to travel alone, compared to a 25 percent average from the rest of the world. Even partners could be excluded from travel plans, with 8 percent of respondents that were in a relationship still preferring to travel alone, while family members only polled 3 percent when compared to other, more favoured travelling companions.

The survey also revealed that travelling is more important to women than men, and that women are also more inclined to ditch their partner and travel with friends. A large majority also opined that more time off from work would make them happier in their occupation than would a pay increase or improved status.


Transport for London Partners with Usablenet to Offer Real Time Travel Information

Transport for London (TfL), a UK-based government agency responsible for operating the transport system in Greater London, England, is partnering with technology company, Usablenet, for real-time updates and alerts for travellers in London for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The agency website is currently utilising several new features that are intended to help commuters in London to navigate around the city’s roads during the period of the Games. The agency has also released a mobile site for users on the move to access all the relevant information and gauge how the Olympics is likely to affect their journey and impact on the arrival time at their destination.

Some of the recent features included in the newly updated website are:

Olympic Specific Alerts for identifying travel hotspots and routes affected by Olympic traffic.

A Live Tube Departure Board offering real time tube travel information to the user through a smartphone’s GPS.

A Tube Map to help travellers to negotiate the underground system.

And an updated Journey Planner to help plan journeys from A to B using all of the latest travel information.

Nick Taylor, the chief executive officer of Usablenet, said, ‘With the Olympics starting this week, the city of London is preparing for a massive increase in traffic on the street and Tube. Transport for London is committed to providing mobile users with the most up-to-date and relevant information on how to plan their Olympic travel, and we are excited to partner with them to help deliver a world-class mobile experience.’