After just 18 days of stressful city life, residents find themselves reaching their "peak level" of stress, while those living in rural areas are comparatively relaxed, a new OnePoll study has found

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The build-up of minor annoyances involved with stressful city life takes just 18 days to push urban residents to the point where they need a break, a new study has found.

Statistics and research firm OnePoll surveyed 2,000 Americans to come up with its findings, which also showed those who live in rural areas reach their “peak level” of stress far less often – seven times a month compared with ten times for city dwellers.

It found people living in cities are willing to endure frustratingly slow walkers 15 times, stepping in 13 puddles, being woken up by a loud noise outside their window 16 times, and a cramped train or bus 14 times before it becomes too much to bear.

“This study shed an important light on what motivates people to plan an escape and how different daily routines impact vacation planning,” said Mary Lynn Clark, president of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, which commissioned the report.

“We’re always looking for new ways to give our guests a great experience, and this type of insight goes a long way in helping us cater to their specific needs, from alternative lodging with more space and privacy to destination choices that can help them unwind.”


Beach and mountains among top places to escape stressful city life

In order to escape the hustle and bustle of their urban jungle, 62% of respondents said the beach was the perfect holiday location.

Meanwhile, 55% prefer a place near some peaceful mountains and 52% chose a quiet cabin in the woods.

A full 85% of those surveyed agreed reconnecting with mother nature in whatever form was the best way to relieve the build-up of stress that comes with living in a city.

Ms Clark added: “The survey’s findings also underline a growing trend of people turning to the mountains for a break. The beach is often synonymous with relaxation, but the mountains are becoming an equally attractive haven, especially for those who live in big cities.

“We’re seeing an appetite for big cabin rentals for everything from family reunions to corporate retreats, where people can avoid daily distractions and reconnect with each other.”