According to Slot Tracker, a “real-time slot tracking tool”, Malta is the third most relaxing destination in Europe.
“A relaxing time away is one of the healthiest things you can do for your brain. The more foreign and the further from your daily routine the better,” said James Roy, Technical Director of Brainworks Neurotherapy.
“A change in environment helps brain flexibility and weakens our mental habits, while the unfamiliar sights and sounds stretch our brain in new ways. As our brains flex and come alive, colours become brighter, smells more intense, our sense of touch and intimacy is heightened.”
“This experience is often called the travel high. Some can find this greater brain flexibility quite addictive.”
Yes, brain flexibility is very addictive.
Slot Tracker – a company which can step in and offer help for all your slots needs – obviously has a vested interest in promoting destinations which house a lot of casinos. And slot machines.
But that is not all that explains how Malta has ranked so highly in this list.
The methodology behind this study exemplifies just how easy it can be for companies to select points of inquiry which are likely to yield positive results, from their perspective.
Ireland, a country which is similar to Malta in that it is heavily catholic, and that gambling companies have flocked there to enjoy tremendous tax benefits, is ranked at number two in the list.
To conduct this study, Slot Tracker “compiled a seed list of all European countries,” before identifying the number of hiking trails, the number of national parks, spas and yoga and pilates centres in each country.
This data was then calculated as a proportion of the population, so Slot Tracker could estimate how many of each relaxing amenity these places had per 100,000 people.
“The experts created a points-based index system which evaluated the number of hiking trails, spas, yoga/pilates centres and the number of national parks per 100,000 people to award each country a relaxation score out of 10 – ultimately discovering the most relaxing European destinations.”
According to the findings of this study, per 100,000 people, Malta has got 10.87 hiking trails, 15.40 spas, 2.49 yoga or pilates centres, and 0.68 national parks. All of this, together, leads to Malta’s overall relaxation score of 7.84 out of 10.
Notably, measuring the number rather than the size of national parks yielded some interesting results.
“Malta has over four times as many yoga and pilates centres as Croatia in fourth place, as well as 24% more national parks than Norway, in sixth position.”
Interestingly, the study did not weigh up how many ongoing loud, unsightly and sometimes fatal construction projects Malta has per 100,000 people.
It didn’t measure how many motor vehicles per 100,000 people Malta’s roads carry. Hint: It’s over 80,000.
Still, if your stay in Malta consists entirely of going from national park to spa to yoga centre, travelling exclusively by hiking trails, this study is definitely onto something. And hey, maybe while you’re here, you can hit up your local slots machine.
Few things in this world are more relaxing than pumping your hard earned cash into a machine on the severely off-chance you’ll hit the jackpot.
“Renowned for its breathtaking coastline and historic sites, Malta is a must visit destination for those seeking a relaxing escape. With the highest number of spas per capita among all countries analysed, both visitors and locals will always have relaxation centres nearby – with 21% more spas than Monaco.”
Does the availability of abundant national parks and yoga studios make you feel as relaxed as this study has suggested?