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DO THESE 6 THINGS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VACATION

DO THESE 6 THINGS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VACATION

Plan as far ahead as you can to build anticipation.

Airfare is cheapest approximately 57 days before a flight, so it's wise to hold off on finalizing until then. Before that you can start working on your trip itinerary, accommodation and excursions with a professional Travel Agent that will make the trip a proper and complete experience. One 2010 study found that the majority of people were happier before their trip than they were after they returned.

Give yourself time to mentally ease into vacation mode.

Al Gini, a business ethics professor at Loyola University of Chicago, is the author of The Importance of Being Lazy. He suggested people take a few days to unwind before the trip actually starts. You can use the time to pack up and get chores out of the way so that you're fully ready to settle into your trip.

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

Vacations are already on the right track when it comes to maximizing happiness: Spending money on memorable experiences instead of the cool new car or gadget is probably going to make you happier. Minimize the budget you set for coffee mugs and hoodies, and spend as much time as possible building the memories that your remembering self will love.

Explore in the beginning, savor at the end.

Brian Christian, computer scientist says probability can help us decide when to try new things and when to stick with the familiar. "One should generally be more exploratory at the start of a vacation; everything is new on day one, so embrace that. By day seven, you pretty much know what you like, and even if you make a great discovery, you won't have time to come back. So savor your favorite things.

Plan your most exciting activities for the middle or end.

People mostly remember the peak of, and end of, a given event. Vacations work the same way. If you can, schedule Machu Picchu tour toward the middle and the Amazon jungle 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.