For an enriching holiday guaranteed to fill you with genuine happiness, the islands of Fiji should be top of your list. It’s where you can discover the infectious ‘bula spirit’, a friendly Fijian greeting, and where ‘happiness will find you’.
To mark the International Day of Happiness tomorrow, the team at Tourism Fiji are sharing their top six reasons why choosing a holiday to Fiji will indeed make you happier.
It’s easy to get there
Long-distance travelling can be stressful for some people, especially when time is limited. Travelling to Fiji is much closer than you think, making it a great short break option for Australians seeking a Pacific island holiday. You could potentially be on a Fijian beach with a cocktail in hand in less than five hours. Yes, please!
With more than 300 tropical islands to explore and year-round sunshine, travellers will feel instant happiness once they step off the plane.
Be part of the local community
Giving and sharing creates stronger connections between people and helps communities build a happier society. This is at the heart of Fijian culture and traditional village life is still alive and well.
Sign up with Hands on Journeys, a company that has developed small group tours, which allow travellers to immerse themselves in the real Fiji as well as giving back. Each tour will give travellers an insight into how these communities live, which is at the heart of their happiness, and in turn supports them by giving them opportunities to grow, learn and earn an income.
Fun and adventure
Fiji is full of in-the-moment adventure and adrenaline pumping experiences. Choose from riding a wave at Cloud Break, reeling in a big fish, diving amongst colourful coral reefs or cheering on the Flying Fijian 7s team.
Fiji is home to an abundance of fun, adventure, and activities. Staying active, enjoying daily life and immersing yourself in nature is a way to keep mind and body connected, making us happier. This doesn’t have to be strenuous, it can be as simple as sharing skills with friends, such as dancing or singing, again something that is intrinsic in Fijian daily life.
Disconnect to reconnect
Fiji is located in the heart of the South Pacific, far away from the hustle and bustle of major cities. This means visitors can easily disconnect and slow down, which can benefit overall wellbeing.
Much of the happiness Fijians feel is because they disconnect from the rest of the world, worrying less about bigger negative issues, thus reducing stress and allowing them to enjoy being in the moment to give their life meaning.
Tap into the feeling of relaxation and peace by practising some yoga on the beach or treating yourself to a spa treatment. Many resorts offer world-class spa treatments, or, for pure indulgence, you can visit the Pure Fiji Day Spa in Suva.
Humour and positive emotions
Fijians are always laughing and joking and are quick to share light-hearted moments with friends and strangers alike. Sharing a friendly ‘bula’ is just as contagious as a smile.
It’s never hard to get a Fijian to laugh, they have resilience and don’t sweat the small stuff; humour is one of their currencies for happiness and Fijians use humour and a light-hearted approach to lift their spirits.
The simple things in life
Fiji’s deserted beaches, idyllic sunsets, crystal clear waters and serene vistas help to remind us of the simple pleasures of relaxing and forgetting life’s complicated worries. It might be the welcome song when you arrive at your resort or a friendly ‘bula’ as you walk around a village. Learning to accept life’s pleasures increases enjoyment and our overall wellbeing.
Fijians are blessed with a simple life, rich in natural beauty and serenity that the rest of the world searches for.
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