Another Reason to Plan Your Next Trip in Advance
Travel Blog • Jim Benning • 08.09.10 | 11:05 AM ET
By doing so, you’ll derive more pleasure from it.
So says a New York Times story about the benefits of spending money on experiences rather than material goods.
It’s not exactly breaking news, I know, but it’s a good reminder:
In other words, waiting for something and working hard to get it made it feel more valuable and more stimulating.
In fact, scholars have found that anticipation increases happiness. Considering buying an iPad? You might want to think about it as long as possible before taking one home. Likewise about a Caribbean escape: you’ll get more pleasure if you book a flight in advance than if you book it at the last minute.