The Vacation State of Mind: Can Thais Enjoy Travel, Without Travelling?


Staying home has become the new norm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, wanderlust is really hitting home with Thais, who are turning to reminiscing and sharing memories of past trips and experiences with friends and family as they bide their time before their next holiday adventure.

Diving deeper into the vacation deprivation sentiments of working adults across the world, Expedia’s 2019 Vacation Deprivation® Study revealed that the benefits of vacations, which include a positive impact on mental well-being as well as personal and professional relationships, can be experienced without the physical act of travelling.

Following a survey of 11,000 full-time workers across 19 markets, including 300 respondents in Thailand, the study found that close to five in 10 Thai’s (49%) felt deprived of vacations in 2019, up from 62% in 2018 and 48% in 2017.


Vacations are widely known to have a positive impact on the mental welfare of individuals. 93% of working adults in Thailand indicated that taking regular vacations is important for general health and well-being. In addition, 92% feel rejuvenated and have a better outlook on life and 91% said they regularly take vacations to improve mental wellness. This psychological condition and mood of positive effects is what we call a Vacation State of Mind.

While there is uncertainty about when Thais can make their travel arrangements once again, the yearning for that much-needed getaway can be lessened with techniques that prolong the Vacation State of Mind. 93% of respondents said that they have shared memories with those they went on the trip with, 90% looked at photos from holidays on their phones when feeling overwhelmed, and 95% talked to friends and family about their vacation.

“In a world of ‘faster is better and bigger is best’, at some point the true meaning of ‘living’ can be lost. Fostering a Vacation State of Mind can provide relief from the growing feeling of vacation deprivation and encourage family connections and positive emotional responses through reliving fond memories created on previous holidays,” said Lavinia Rajaram, APAC Head of Communications, Expedia. “We believe in the power of travel in bringing people together, and we will do our best to provide great experiences for Thai travellers when they are ready to start travelling again.”

These ‘vacation top-ups’ were even more common amongst millennial parents. Despite scrolling through social media feeds being routine in everyday life, millennial parents found that speaking with family and their children were just as effective at reconnecting with happy holiday memories


Across the Asia Pacific region, the most effective vacation ‘top-up’ techniques were engaging in dialogue with others on vacation experiences. Speaking with family (52%), travel companions (50%), and friends (47%) clearly triggered happy memories.

Respondents from India (69%) and Thailand (57%) would listen to music from the vacation, while those from Malaysia (63%) and South Korea (56%) enjoyed browsing through printed photos from their trips, which served as mementos from their wonderful travel experiences.


Summarising the findings from the study, here is a list of 5 easy ways that Thais can prolong their Vacation State of Mind while embracing the current stay home season:

Speaking friends or family who you’ve been on trips with about your past vacations
TIP: Don’t just pick up the phone, get that face to face contact on a video call – some video call platforms even let you add fun filters or change your background to showcase your favourite holiday destination.


Look at pictures of vacations on social media
TIP: Not up for scrapbooking? There are many online services that can take your holiday photos and print them as a photo book or album, so you can flip through your most treasured memories any time you like.


Plan for your next vacation

TIP: Remember to save your favourites when you’re doing searches on Expedia, so that you can easily create flight and hotel itineraries when you’re ready to make a booking.


Wear the clothes that you have bought on your past vacations

TIP: Incorporate one piece of holiday clothing from your wardrobe while you work from home. You can even have themed days based on your most treasured pieces and destinations.


Looking at souvenirs from past trips

TIP: Souvenirs can make fantastic interior décor items. Prolong your Vacation State of Mind with a souvenir or trinket displayed at home that reminds you of your best holiday experiences.