Vacations are blessings that rejuvenate your soul and leave you refreshed and ready to take on the world. But very often, they don’t turn out as how we imagined. Here are 10 science backed ways to take a perfect vacation so that you are left with memories and not regrets.
Researchers have found that vacation anticipation is actually a good thing and probably the best part of a trip. In fact, you should avoid making last minute plans as they will not only kill the planning but the anticipation too and will leave you worried. So plan in advance and look ahead to your trips.
#2. Stay entirely detached from work
You may leave work and go for vacation but your work won’t let you off that easy. Most people continue getting work messages sometimes even when they are out. So it is better to keep aside your smartphone and not spend all your time in answering emails and messages. Set boundaries and detach from work completely if you have to.
The happiness that comes from taking a vacation isn’t very long-lived. In fact, you might be back to your usual self on your first day of work. But you can certainly increase the longevity of it by relaxing on your trip. In fact people who do passive activities are more happier with their trips.
#4. Length of the trip
We might think that the longer the vacation, the better it is but this isn’t always the case. In fact, the length of the trip has nothing to do with happiness that comes from it as long as one can enjoy all the activities and have ample time to relax.
#5. Keep all fun activities towards the end
In an article published in The Wall Street Journal in 2015, it was mentioned that people often reflect on an experience on how it ends. It applies to vacation too. So plan your vacation accordingly and keep all the major activities towards the end.
#6. More than one vacation per year
Vacations are good for refreshing ourselves and become more focused. But maybe just one week a year doesn’t quite cut it. And don’t forget that the post vacation happiness often fades out very quickly so it is a better idea to take more than one vacation per year. You don’t have to take long trips, just some time off to relax and rejuvenate is sufficient.
#7. Talk about it
A 2015 study reported that people felt greater happiness when they talked about their experiences. This means you can prolong your happy journey by talking about it with friends once you are back.
#8. Explore in the beginning, enjoy in the end
Depend on probability to explore amazing places. The earlier you start, the more chances there are of you finding a place, meal or experience that you will love. In the beginning of the vacation, it all feels new and that adds to the fun. Towards the end, stick with the familiar because you will be left with fewer places to explore.
#9. Plan to collect experiences
You maybe be saving up to buy a shiny new gadget or car or anything you think will give you happiness. But you know what’s better than that? Spending that money on vacation and create some incredible experiences that will last a lifetime and bring you happiness that materialistic things will not.
#10. The paradox of choice
When it comes to choosing a vacation spot, there are just too many options and often we can’t decide on one. This is called the paradox of choice and when this happens our brain shuts down. So it’s better to narrow down your choice to just 2 or 3 options and the choosing the best from them.