Effects of Travel to Natural Environments on Health & Wellbeing
There is an emerging body of literature that demonstrates that exposure to natural environments is beneficial for health. These benefits include improved mood, reducing of blood pressure, less pain, increased focus and concentration and even immune systems boosts. Vacations and travel are often seen as renewal experiences. However, resorts across the United States vary from highly urban experiences to fully immersive nature experiences. It is unknown but quite possible that visits to resorts that integrate nature into their setting and provide easily accessible access to nature provide a more rejuvenating effect on people who spend time in these settings. This study will be conducted in two phases. In phase I, the study team will develop and validate a measure of integration and access to nature in resort settings. Using a mix of objective and subjective measures, the study team will develop a valid and reliable tool to measure these factors. In phase 2, the study team will conduct phone interviews of people who recently vacationed at resorts that score high and low on their access to nature attributes to assess their experience, mood, rejuvenation and perceived productivity after their visit.