New travel experiences more exciting than going on a first date

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A first-time travel experience can be such a momentous occasion in a person’s life that people deem it more exciting than going a first date (53%), landing their first job (51%), making a new friend (62%), and even having a first kiss (36%).

The thrill and excitement of our first time travel experiences positively increases our confidence, broadens our horizons and makes us ultimately more successful in life according to new global research commissioned by Booking.com.

Whether their first-time experience was traveling abroad, embracing a new destination, or travelling solo, almost two thirds (65%) said that pushing themselves to take part in a new travel experience vastly increased their confidence. While first-time travel can seem daunting, most agree (61%) that any nerves felt before they travelled were unnecessary.

Pepijn Rijvers, Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com:

The adrenalin and confidence boost that travelling somewhere for the first time gives us makes it irresistible. Our first-time travel experiences open our minds, sparks our imagination and inspires us to continue trying something new or change direction in life. Once you catch the travel bug it’s simply contagious!”

Re-energized and with confidence, we can be motivated to make more dramatic life decisions. One in 10 (13%) state a first-time travel experience has led them to switching their job or career, one in 10 (13%) saying a first time travel experience led them to change their relationship, and a fifth (21%) have decided to move somewhere completely new.

Respondents also claim that confidence boosted by first-time travel can also open doors to other life-inspiring opportunities, such as meeting new kinds of people, cooking and eating new types of food, learning a new language and reading and learning about another culture.

This impetus to experience and learn new things leads people to believe that those who have traveled to many places and have tried out different travel experiences tend to be more interesting that those who have not and that with all these new interpersonal and practical skills they tend to be more successful in their life and career.

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