Vacations are usually few and far between, and it’s always sad to see them come to and end. However much fun you’re having at the ski mountain or at the beach, the annoyance of resuming day-to-day life is always there.
But what if we told you that there’s a way for you to get the most out of your vacation by maximizing the happiness you get out of it? Here’s how you can increase your happiness-per-dollar-spent.
Studies show that in general, experiences provide more lasting happiness as compared to material goods. This is because humans have a tendency to talk about experiences more than they do the stuff they buy. Experiences are stories, and people love to tell stories.
Instead of saving all your money for a small bag with a flashy name, think of other ways you can spend your money. Invest in experiences because they will be with you in the years to come, while that bag will just wither away and eventually be forgotten.
Apparently, timing is also important. The first few days of your vacation are the most crucial because they leave a lasting impression. If your first few days are made up of fond memories, then the vacation will be remembered with fondness. If not, those initial moments will likely drag down the whole thing. Make the beginning of your vacation a good one.
Plan your most exciting activities in the first few days of vacation and leave more flexibility towards the end of your trip. This way, you can ensure that you start your trip on the right foot.
- Plan ahead
Studies show that planning ahead also helps with increasing vacation happiness. By thinking every opportunity out and increasing the hype of the vacation, we are more prepared for the experience.
This is important especially for people who tend to do last minute planning. Aside from it being more costly to book flights and accommodation close to your dates of travel, it also doesn’t leave much room for preparation and anticipation. If you know you’ve been waiting for something for so long, you can envision the possible outcomes and better prepare yourself for it unlike if you just plan a spur-of-the-moment type of thing.