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On undirected trips, satisfaction, and well-being: Evidence from Flanders (Belgium)

Hook, H; De Vos, J; Van Acker, V; Witlox, F; (2021) On undirected trips, satisfaction, and well-being: Evidence from Flanders (Belgium). Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment , 99 , Article 103018. 10.1016/j.trd.2021.103018. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite having the potential to improve subjective well-being, satisfaction with undirected travel, or travel for its own sake (e.g. taking a walk, bike ride, or joy ride), has not yet been empirically investigated. Using mean-comparison and generalized linear regression models, this study analyzes 1579 undirected trips made by 852 respondents to a survey in Flanders, Belgium during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown (18 March – 4 May 2020). Undirected travel was found to be longer in duration and more satisfying than results from directed trips in previous literature, with an indication that higher levels of physical activity are important to satisfaction. Undirected travel satisfaction was found to have a clear positive relationship to well-being. As these trips are often active and were found to imply a positive utility of travel, understanding them can be important to policy goals regarding health, sustainability, and improving individual well-being.

Type: Article
Title: On undirected trips, satisfaction, and well-being: Evidence from Flanders (Belgium)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2021.103018
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2021.103018
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Undirected travel, Travel satisfaction, Subjective well-being, Travel behavior, Positive utility of travel
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134531
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