Not all vacations are created equal when it comes to how much happiness you get from them. Studies have uncovered vacation planning hacks to derive the most pleasure from your getaway.
If you’re trying to decide how to spend your money - a vacation is a better happiness investment than the latest gadget. Research shows experiences make you happier than material goods. Dr. Amit Kumar, a social psychologist at the University of Chicago, said, “When one buys an experience, they seem to be buying themselves a story as well.”
So you’ve settled on a trip: Start planning NOW. Planning ahead increases the anticipation for your getaway. In a Ted Talk, Ian Cole, VP of Starwood Vacation Ownership, said dreaming up the perfect vacation is a key part to the overall happiness you get from it. It also gives you something to look forward to during stressful times.
But don’t feel the need to take an extra-long vacation. According to the Wall Street Journal, you start to see health and well-being improvements in as little as two days of vacation time. So shorter, more frequent vacations should have the maximum effect on your happiness.
So start planning that next vacation! You’ll be happier just thinking about it.