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6 Keys to Joyous, Memorable Vacation Travel

1. PREPARING MAY BE THE BEST PART

Anticipation makes up a significant piece of human joy. One study of vacationers discovered (no shock) that they were happier than individuals who weren't leaving, but nearly all of the joy boost took place prior to the holiday itself. Before you even leave, remember that the trip will never be everything you've built it up to be in your anticipation.

2. CHOOSE QUANTITY OVER "ONCE IN A LIFETIME"

An unique journey, like a month in New Zealand, would be amazing. However the "unbelievable" aspect of such vacations limits their overall contribution to joy. Research studies have found we go back to previous happiness degrees relatively promptly. That means you'll get a greater overall enjoyment boost by traveling more often rather than taking amazing trips less often.

3. DO NEW THINGS

How can you make time slow down while you're on vacation? Learning new activities and trying new things helps time seem like it's going slower and makes it more enjoyable.

4. FILL YOUR DAYS WITH SATISFYING THINGS

Make time for fantastic meals, some kicked back reading, and quiet thinking if that satisfies you. Don't fill your days with endless sightseeing...purposefully leave open spots in the schedule to give you time to do things you are immensely satisfied by doing.

5. CONTROL WORK RATHER THAN ELIMINATING IT

Some people believe happiness comes from doing no work while on vacation. The truth is you simply need to maintain boundaries in today's switched on world. Don't be afraid to take an important phone call or go through a few emails every day, but set limits and get others to help you stick to them.

6. END ON A HIGH NOTE

The human brain provides more importance on the most recently acquired memories. So plan a memorable finish to your vacation and set yourself up to always remember that vacation with those final memories.

7. MANAGE THE TRANSITION

While you can max out your vacation time by staying away as long as possible, you'll get more enjoyment out of it if you can get home with a little time to spare. Rather than heading back to work on Monday with dirty clothes, a dirty house and an exhausted body, get back on Saturday and spend a lazy Sunday getting ready for the week...you'll be glad you did!

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