You Can Buy Happiness: 61% of People Who Vacation Three Times Annually Are More Satisfied With Life

You Can Buy Happiness: 61% of People Who Vacation Three Times Annually Are More 
Satisfied With Life and Expedia Partner to Make Travel More Accessible
With Great Deals and Cash Back Rewards 
DENVER, CO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/09/13 --  Whoever said you can't
buy happiness must not have traveled much. According to Expedia's
Vacation Happiness Survey, Americans report that vacations make them
happier than their marriages, religion, weddings, birthdays and even
their cats. Sorry, Fluffy. And when it comes to coping with the daily
grind, the relationship between vacationing and happiness is
staggering, with 71 percent of people who don't vacation reporting
they also don't like their jobs. Yet, 61 percent of people who
vacation at least three times a year report they are satisfied with
life in general. 
"Let's face it, we all love a good vacation, so it comes as no
surprise that people who vacation more tend to be happier. But with
rising costs of living it can be a financial burden to take one
vacation a year, let alone three," said Lesley Kennedy, senior managing editor. "That is why is
partnering with Expedia: to provide money-saving advice, unique and
cost-effective vacation options and even the chance to win a family
Through their continued partnership, Expedia, Inc. and
will launch a travel sweepstakes and provide savings tips, travel
advice and cost-effective travel ideas through a series of articles
that will help vacationers every step of the way. Expedia and are committed to educating consumers on how to
maximize their savings and their time off -- from booking trips and
dealing with airport security, to keeping the kids happy on long car
rides, to getting the most of a hotel stay. 
For those who have not yet booked summer travel, Expedia's Summer
Sale recently kicked off, offering deals on hotels, packages and
cruises. Plus, Groupon Getaways, an Expedia partner, provides savvy
shoppers another great way to save when booking their travel plans.
The deals follow Groupon's voucher model, so travelers don't have to
travel immediately. Instead, travelers can book a hotel room at an
exceptional rate and travel when they have the time. As if these
already deeply-discounted vacation packages were not enticing enough, is currently offering up to 7.5 percent Cash Back on
Groupon Getaways, hotels and more through  
"The partnership between and Expedia offers travelers
added incentives to get away and invest in their happiness through
travel," said Sarah Gavin, director of PR and social media for "By coupling already discounted vacation options with
Cash Back rewards and offering customers expert travel
advice and tips, travelers can save bundles and make the most of
their summer vacations."  
Americans who booked travel using's Cash Back program
earned nearly $220,000 in Cash Back rewards for summer travel in
2012. Even though experts predict summer travel
spending through their website to decline from $44 million in 2012 to
about $35.5 million in 2013, they expect this summer's travel Cash
Back rewards to rise to more than $225,000, due to increased travel
"At, we are seeing steeper travel discounts and
greater Cash Back offers," Kennedy said. "Knowing exactly when to
book can bring in even deeper savings. If a traveler can be flexible
and take advantage of short notice deals -- typically between 21 and
28 days prior to travel -- there are some amazing savings to be had." 
To follow the travel series and learn of upcoming travel sweepstakes,
visit's Online Shopping Report or check out their
current Expedia deals. If you have a travel question or topic that
you would like to see covered on, let us know on
Facebook and Twitter.  
 Founded in 1986 by husband-and-wife team Marc
and Claudia Braunstein, is the web's largest provider
of online coupons, Cash Back rewards and printable grocery and
restaurant coupons. The only destination integrating the best
discounts from coupons, deals and Cash Back, the site has evolved
from its early roots as the 'Catalog of Catalogs'. Throughout this
transformation, the company has kept the same goal -- helping improve
the shopping experience for millions of shoppers. As a true coupon
powerhouse, aims to provide the most savings to
consumers whether they're shopping at the grocery store or at their
favorite online retailer. For more information visit 
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site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book
travel. (, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to
provide the latest technology and the widest selection of vacations,
cheap flights, hotels, car rental, cruises and in-destination
activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia Best Price
Guarantee, customers can get the best rates available
online for all types of travel. 
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Media Contacts
Laura Finlayson
Schwartz MSL
Sarah Gavin 
(425) 679-8917  
Jodi Bragg
HL Group (for Expedia)
(646) 460-8908 
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