4 Ways to Plan a Mind-Restoring Vacation

Research reveals the types of vacations that give the biggest mental boost


Rural is restorative. In one study, people generally rated rural settings as providing the best environment for relieving stress and enhancing mood.

A weekend is long enough. The aftereffects may not last long, but research shows that an impromptu short vacation can improve psychological well-being in the moment.

Activity is encouraged. People who spent more time engaging in physical activity on a winter vacation or weekend getaway reported significantly greater satisfaction.

Planning is half the fun. Some studies show that people derive the most vacation-related pleasure from organizing their trip. So if money is tight, try planning a staycation—mapping out fun new things to do in your hometown may deliver a similar jolt of happiness.

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This article was originally published with the title "The Psychology of Trip Planning."

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