when we imagine the most blissful part of our vacation, we picture ourselves visiting a museum, eating gelato or stumbling across a beautiful cafe scene in front of the pantheon in rome. interestingly, research suggests that the happiest part of your vacation actually happens way before you ever step foot in your destination.
according to a 2010 study published in the journal applied research in quality of life, just planning or anticipating your trip can make you happier than actually taking it. the study found that all vacationers experienced a significant boost in happiness during trip planning.
anticipation of a positive experience is a wonderful buffer against depression and anxiety. so dream, plan and get cracking on your bucket list.