Wherever we travel, Aussies are assumed to be a laid-back bunch. But is our reputation justified? If the results of a new study are anything to go by, indeed it is.
Comparing metrics like annual leave, green spaces, pollution levels and the number of spas, lastminute.com went about finding the most ‘chilled out’ countries in the world.
It found that Australia, with its average “30 days of annual leave, over 25,000 miles of beautiful coastline and 187 green spaces”, was the second most relaxed country in the world, just behind the most chilled nation, Indonesia.
Similarly, Australia’s northern neighbour was praised for its tens of thousands of miles of coastline, its natural beauty and an average temperature of 25C.
Following Australia in the index was Iceland, which has the lowest noise and light pollution levels on the list, 36C of annual leave and a front row seat to the Northern Lights.
Rounding out the top five were New Zealand, which was lauded for its “stunning landscape” and Sri Lanka, which has more annual leave (40 days) than any other country on the list.
The remaining top ten comprised Cyprus, Philippines, Greece, India and Mauritius, while Costa Rica, Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia and Spain rounded out the 15 most zen countries.
“As we welcome 2019 with open arms, many of us are looking to start off feeling refreshed and ready to take on the year ahead,” lastminute.com country director UK & Ireland Reigo Eljas said.
“By looking to other cultures, we can borrow tried and tested traditions - from hot springs to meditation - to help us feel zen.”
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