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Going on Vacation is Only Half The Fun (Infographic)

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Get ready, summer’s fast approaching and will be here before you know it.

It’s the time for relaxing. The time for recharging. The time for getting out of your routine and doing something different!

There’s only one word that sums that up…vacation!

There’s no doubt about it, people love going on vacation. It’s one of the things that they look forward to every year.

But new data released in a BBC study actually shows that in addition to the actual vacation, people really start enjoying their vacation long before they arrive at their destination.

In fact, 63% of the happiness people experience from their vacation comes before they even arrive to their vacation spot.

Take the Joneses (made-up character family). They live in Minnesota and are planning a 2 week long vacation to southern California.

During the 2 months before they arrive in California, they’re researching attractions, restaurants, hotels, car rentals, and a number of other things that they can do on their vacation.

Even though they’re not actually on their vacation, they’ve started feeling the anticipation and excitement of what they’re going to do and see. They are actually experiencing the benefits of their vacation, even before they go on it!

A brief breakdown of where some of this happiness goes:

  • 14% traveling to the vacation destination
  • 14% researching and booking everything
  • 9% the week before the departure date
  • 4% pre-holiday shopping

So as the summer months approach and you’re planning your vacation, the actual act of planning the vacation is really all part of the fun.

In fact you don’t need to even use any vacation days to go on vacation. The days leading up to contribute to your vacation enjoyment, and you could enjoy the benefits of being on vacation for more than 2 months out of the year!

So keep that mind as you plan the next vacation. Planning is more than half the fun! (well, almost)