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How to take the best vacation, according to science

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Here’s how to take the best vacation.

Plan as far ahead as you can to build anticipation.

Plan as far ahead as you can to build anticipation.

Limit yourself to a few options to minimize regret.

Limit yourself to a few options to minimize regret.

Take a one-week vacation; you won't remember two.

Give yourself time to mentally ease into vacation mode.

Give yourself time to mentally ease into vacation mode.

Spend money on experiences, not stuff, to maximize happiness.

Explore in the beginning, savor at the end.

Explore in the beginning, savor at the end.

Plan your most exciting activities for the middle or end.

Once you’re home, talk about your trip to make your memories permanent.

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.

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