Optimizing the effects of vacations on quality of life

Startdatum1 september 2021
Einddatum31 augustus 2021
  • Economie
  • Sociale Studies
  • Life Sciences & Health
  • NeuroLabNL: dè werkplaats voor hersen-, cognitie- en gedragsonderzoek
  • Op weg naar veerkrachtige samenlevingen
  • Creatieve industrie
  • 1: Gezondheid: zorg en vitaliteit
  • 9: Kunst en creatieve industrie
  • 3: Veerkrachtige samenleving: in wijk, stad en regio

Vacation travel is an essential ingredient in quality of life. However, the contriubtion of vacations to quality of life could be improved in two ways: by optimizing the decisions people make when planning and undertaking their vacations, and by travel industry testing and implementing––based on evidence––innovative experience products which touch customers' emotions.
Secondary analysis of two longitudinal panel datasets will address the impact of people's decisions in planning and undertaking their vacations, on their quality of life. Field experiments in cooperation with travel industry partners will address the effects of innovative experience products, such as apps designed to help vacationers meet fellow travelers, or personalized memory books designed to help people relive their vacations after return home. Experience data in these field experiments will be collected using technology of the Breda University of Applied Sciences' Experience Measurement Lab, a unique facility for measuring emotions continuously from research participants' body and mind. Thus, the project will contribute to general understanding of quality of life, will feed valuable knowledge about experience design, measurement, and implementation to the Dutch travel industry, and will support the Breda University of Applied Sciences' key research theme of Designing, Measuring, and Managing Experiences.
Inspiring examples from the project will reinforce research methods courses in the academic Bachelor of Science in Tourism, the HBO Master in Tourism Destination Management, and the academic Master of Science in Leisure Studies. Wearable emotion measurement from the field experiment will be a cornerstone of the fourth-year HBO-bachelor module Business Intelligence, where students will conduct their own research projects on experience measurement using consumer wearables, based on knowledge from this postdoc project. Finally, a number of methodological and content questions within the project will serve as suitable thesis assignments for graduation students in the above educational tracks.


Breda University of Applied Sciences

Pieter Jasperse, contactpersoon
Telefoon: 076-5332821