Happiness experts Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan conducted an extensive survey to research vacations and stress. The results are in. Here's what we learned from the more-than-400 participants who reported on their vacation experiences.
1. Know before you go
74% said the most stressful part of traveling is figuring out the details, like transportation.
2. Get a jump on planning
90% who reported good experiences had the details of their trip planned more than a month before their vacation.
3. Travel away from home
94% said traveling during a vacation is more meaningful than a “staycation,” or staying at home.
4. Befriend a local or hire a travel host through a company like Monograms
77% either met a local host or had a knowledgeable friend in the area.
5. Savor your trip, take photos and share memories
93% documented their best trips with photos, which they shared with friends and reminisced about afterward.