Updated: Jan 13
When we imagine the blissful part of our vacation, we picture ourselves walking the streets of Italy, sipping on Mai Thai cocktails at a sandy beach bar, or stumbling across an enchanting waterfall.
The happiest part of your vacation may sometimes happen before you ever pack your bags for the trip.
According to a study published in the journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life, just planning or anticipating your trip can make you happier than actually taking it (1).
Plan your next #adventure! Your brain's productivity and mood will increase just by having a trip on the schedule. Research shows that just having a vacation planned on your schedule, no matter how far out it is planned for, increases your dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters, two neurotransmitters that are responsible for happiness and feelings of well-being.
Plan practical vacations that will not hyper-extend the budget.
Stagger vacation times out throughout the year.
Don't let your vacation days go to waste! 32% of Americans don't use theirs (2).
Relax while on vacation! Don't stress about work while there! Learn to disconnect.
Choose smart travel plans that will allow you to get the most bang for your buck!