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.

2 Comments for Another Reason to Plan Your Next Trip in Advance

Pete 08.09.10 | 4:29 PM ET

I can understand how people might find that exciting. But what about being spontaneous, nothing like booking a flight out somewhere friday afternoon at the office and leaving a few hours later on the spur of a moment!

Tina - love oz travel 08.31.10 | 10:55 PM ET

Yes it is a good reminder, planning ahead certainly builds up excitement of the holiday and destination especially if it’s a new location. Theres nothing like heading off for a great new adventure and finding stunning scenery and great experiences.

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