Five Australian families were studied while holidaying in Singapore wearing EEG headsets that measured their emotional responses. The headsets captured the brain's electrical activity to measure emotional responses of 'fun', 'happiness', 'stress', 'interest', 'excitement' and 'relaxation.' There were five key findings from the study, including:
- Family members were happiest in places that were unique to the destination.
- Food is a holiday highlight and experience in itself.
- The best things in life are free - families measured high positive readings in activities that didn't cost anything.
- Parents may be surprised to know there is no need to avoid galleries and education-based experiences, children enjoy them.
The perfect family holiday had two key components:
- Families should immerse themselves in the destination's culture, whether that be exploring the cultural precincts or trying the local cuisine.
- Families should visit iconic style activities which produce intense happiness and satisfaction.