Travel and Wellbeing: Future Prospects

  • Margareta Friman
  • Dick Ettema
  • Lars E. Olsson
Part of the Applying Quality of Life Research book series (BEPR)


In this chapter, ideas and directions for future research are presented. Various interventions, as a means of counteracting mispredictions by the individual traveler and breaking travel habits, are discussed and illustrated. We elaborate upon what is known about individuals’ predictions and their accompanying thoughts about possible consequences regarding wellbeing when performing a travel mode change. It is argued that one overall goal of every transport policy should be providing sustainable travel, accompanied by sustained or increased wellbeing. The authors conclude that, while there is a vast amount of research on judgment and decision making, there is still a need for knowledge of how to aid people’s judgments as regards switching to sustainable alternatives. Specifically, researchers are urged to unveil how to prevent a loss of, or support a gain in, wellbeing when switching to sustainable travel.


Daily travel Sustainable travel Travel behaviour change Travel Wellbeing Interventions Wellbeing consequences Decision making 



Financial support provided to Margareta Friman and Lars E Olsson for their work on this chapter was obtained through grant #2014-05335 from the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margareta Friman
    • 1
  • Dick Ettema
    • 2
  • Lars E. Olsson
    • 1
  1. 1.CTF Service Research Center, Department of Social and Psychological StudiesKarlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  2. 2.Department of Human Geography and Spatial PlanningUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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