We know, we know, the according to the phrase, curiosity killed the cat. But anticipation is something that many people struggle with. We’re here to show the positive side of things. Not only are experiences scientifically more beneficial than material “things,” but you can get quite a bit of joy out of simply anticipating an upcoming experience, like a vacation. Here are some of the best ways to make the most of your trip by extending the benefits:
First, research your destination. Even if you are returning to a favorite and often visited location there is likely still a lot you don’t know about it. Get your Google on and start to learn about some of the history and the cultural idiosyncrasies of the place you are planning to visit. This may provide more things to do or places to visit, or it may simply provide a little more context and appreciation for the place you are adventuring to. This research could be in the form of books, websites, blog posts, or all of them. Just find a way to learn more to amp up your pre-departure energy.
Next, seek out books or movies that take place in either the specific location or country you are visiting (if you are heading off your home turf). I often think of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons in this context. Not that every location has a historical fiction book to accompany it, but this is a great example of another form of media you can engage with to hype up the anticipation of your upcoming travel. Similarly, seek out podcasts either discussing the area or produced by area natives to start to frame things up. If you aren’t interested, don’t waste your time, but if it creates more meaning out of your travel plans, most certainly soak it up and let your mind wander to your upcoming oasis of fun.
Finally, research the weather and shop/pack accordingly. It can be fun to pack clothing that is a little out of your comfort zone for travel because, hey, it’s vacation and most likely no one knows you where you’re going, so it’s a great chance to try something a little different. Alternatively, consider purchasing a specific vacation outfit if you think you would enjoy it. This act will allow you to think ahead to all of the fun and relaxation you are headed for and just how great you will look in your new threads. Another concept to consider is bringing along a perfume or cologne that is different than your day-to-day signature scent. This way, once the vacation has passed, you can leverage your olfactory senses by smelling that scent and reminding yourself of the fun you had.
Hopefully, these ideas will help hype you up and extend the enjoyment you are able to get out of your next experience away. Happy travels!