How to take the best vacation, according to science
Here’s how to take the best vacation.
Plan as far ahead as you can to build anticipation.
Limit yourself to a few options to minimize regret.
Give yourself time to mentally ease into vacation mode.
Explore in the beginning, savor at the end.
Once you’re home, talk about your trip to make your memories permanent.
If a rafting trip got you super fired up, tell all your friends about it over coffee after you get back. Research on happiness suggests that people can preserve how they feel about an experience by talking about it.
A 2015 study even found people reported greater happiness levels when they talked about their experiences rather than their material purchases. It’s a surefire way to keep the joys of vacation alive, even in the months after you’ve returned to your cubicle.