Everybody wants to get the most out of their vacation. With all the time, effort, and energy you put into planning it, you want to make the most out of every moment. After all, how many vacations per year do you really get? Unfortunately, our best efforts can sometimes be lacking. Who knows how to plan the perfect trip that’s ideal for maximum relaxation? If you’re struggling to set up the vacation of your dreams, science might hold the answer. We’ve rounded up some of the most useful tips out there to help you create the scientifically approved trip of your dreams. Get ready for maximum relaxation, with minimum effort.

The Earlybird Catches the Worm…and Is More Chilled Out

Last-minute panic is a terrible way to start off your vacation. Nobody wants to be frantically trying to book reservations as the clock ticks down. Do your planning and scheduling as early as possible, to avoid the stress and aggravation of sold-out hotels and booked airlines. Studies have shown that long periods of anticipation can actually make your trip better. This way, when the time rolls around all you’ll have to do is check in and get ready to chill out.

Just Keep Swimming!

…Or at least make sure you’re by a body of water. If you’ve been feeling blue and looking for the perfect mood-boosting vacation, make sure to get some quality time in at an ocean or lake. It’s been scientifically proven that being near water improves the mood, reduces stress, and overall leaves you feeling better and more relaxed. Whether you love lakes or crave the calming waves of the ocean, surrounding yourself with blue water is the scientific way to ensure a truly beneficial vacation.

Tick-Tock Goes the Vacation Clock

traveler on beach hammock

Although sometimes you probably feel like you’d enjoy being on vacation forever, all good things must pass. Believe it or not, there’s a scientific formula for figuring out exactly how long your trip should be for optimal relaxation and enjoyment. Research shows that the perfect length of time to truly unwind and reap the benefits of a vacation is 7-10 days. If you’re traveling through a variety of time zones, you’ll  need a day per time change to recover. Keep all that in mind when planning, so you don’t waste precious time that could be otherwise used to unwind.

Get Physical!

Don’t get us wrong; we love lounging on the beach or chilling by the pool as much as the next person. But for a truly perfect trip, you should make an effort to move around and do some exploring. According to studies, traveling can provide a significant boost your health and mood. The secret is to combine relaxation and going out in the perfect quantities. Traveling can up your exercise, whether that’s by walking around sightseeing, swimming, or skiing. That all has positive benefits for your mood and your physical health. So by all means, snooze in the sun for a few hours; then get ready to have some serious fun.

Save the Best for Last

It’s been proven time and again that people are happiest when they spend money on experiences instead of things. Further research has proven that the best time for fun activities on your vacation is towards the end of your trip. It will conclude your adventures on a high note, and ensure you’re more likely to remember an amazing experience. So if you’re planning something special — from a fancy local dinner to sky-diving — try to schedule it for your last few days on vacation. You’ll return home refreshed, rejuvenated, and with memories that will last a lifetime. Hey, you can’t argue with science!

Why not put some science into planning your next holiday?

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