Lonely Planet Writer

Delicious food, a comfy bed and culture: the most popular ingredients for a happy holiday

Research has found that enjoying local food and having somewhere comfortable to lay their heads at night ranked highest, respectively, in a survey of travellers’ top ten ingredients for a happy holiday, and their top ten accommodation requirements.

A comfortable bed and picturesque view were among travellers' top requirements for great accommodation. Image: zoomphotographics/Getty Images
A comfortable bed and picturesque view were among travellers’ top requirements for great accommodation. Image: zoomphotographics/Getty Images

The survey was conducted on 17,000 people from 17 countries worldwide by Booking.com, a world leader in booking hotel and other accommodations online.

Visitors enjoy desserts at an outdoor dining hall on Shiniuzhai's glass-bottomed bridge in Pingshan County on August 29, 2016 in Yueyang, Hunan Province of China.
Visitors enjoy desserts at an outdoor dining hall on Shiniuzhai’s glass-bottomed bridge in China. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

It found that 48% of people ranked both delicious local food and perfect weather as their joint top happy holiday ingredients. These were followed by breathtaking scenery (45%), amazing accommodation (38%), smooth travel (37%), travelling with a partner (36%), travelling with family (34%), ticking off a new country (26%) and immersion in the culture (25%).

Mountaineer takes smart phone pic from rocky perch.
Mountaineer takes smart phone pic from rocky perch. Image by Ascent Xmedia/Getty Images

When it came to the top ten accommodation requirements for a happy holiday, a whopping 80% of travellers ranked a comfortable bed as their top priority. This was followed by a picturesque view (60%), free Wi-Fi (52%), nice toiletries (39%), soft pillows (35%), great room service menu (28%), a waterfall shower (25%), a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival (21%), coat hangers and wardrobe space (17%) and mood lighting (13%).

A comfortable bed and picturesque view were among travellers' top requirements for great accommodation. Image: Portra Images/Getty Images
A comfortable bed and picturesque view were among travellers’ top requirements for great accommodation. Image: Portra Images/Getty Images

Other results from the happy holiday ingredients’ survey include that 77% of people will book a holiday to cheer themselves up when they’re feeling a bit down. Researching where to go gave 72% a jolt of excitement.

A general view of the Benjakitti Park with the full moon behind the skyscrapers as people gathers to marks Loy Kratong Festival under Biggest Full Moon since 1948, in Bangkok, Thailand on November 14.
Benjakitti Park with the full moon behind the skyscrapers as people gather to mark Loy Kratong Festival in Bangkok, Thailand. Image by Guillaume Payen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The survey also found that Australia topped the list of happiest and friendliest nations for travellers, followed by Canada, Italy, Spain, United States, Japan, France, New Zealand and Brazil.

A wonderful golden dawn bathes a mountain in golden light at Reine in Norway. Image: David Clapp/Getty Images
A wonderful golden dawn bathes a mountain in golden light at Reine in Norway. Image: David Clapp/Getty Images

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