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Ditch Blue Monday with Interrail

For many, January is the least favourite month of the year. The festive season has ended, the weather is generally awful and there is an entire year ahead for your New Year’s resolutions to fail (if they haven’t already). We feel you, but hold on: we have all the inspiration you need to kick your January blues.

The truth about blue monday

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Many people still believe that Blue Monday is the most depressing day of the year. Well… that's not entirely true. In fact, Blue Monday was an invention of a very cunning travel company.

 

The company hired a doctor who cooked up a formula that declared the third Monday in January to be ‘Blue Monday’: the most depressing day of the year and – by the way – the perfect day to book a holiday. Clever, but as scientific as flat earth theory!

Why travelling makes you happier

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Talking about science: behavioural scientists have spent a lot of time studying what makes people happy. And many of those studies revolve around travelling, which is said to lighten our moods and make us feel more relaxed.

 

The University of Massachusetts discovered that taking time off from work not only helps people de-stress and feel happier, but it also helps productivity. In one survey of 414 travelers, 94% said they had as much or more energy after coming back after a good trip.

Upbeat itineraries

 

Is there anything more liberating than hopping on a train to unknown destinations? Have a look at one of our amazing train itineraries. They’ll kick your January blues in an instant (or get you in an even happier state of mind).

The number 1 in happiness

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Did you know that Norway tops the global list of happiest countries? Its clean air, amazing scenery and great social support program make for a happy bunch of people. High spirits are guaranteed with this itinerary, covering the most scenic train routes Europe has to offer.

 

 

La vita è bella

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Looking for something a little warmer? Life is beautiful in Italy. Take a memorable gondola ride along Venice's Grand Canal, relive Romeo and Juliet in Verona and tour Rome's magnificent monuments and museums with this lovely itinerary.