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The science behind planning an exciting vacation
There’s one thing just about every traveler has in common – a sense of adventure. It is why people jet-set in the first place – they’re looking to have new, mind-expanding experiences they’ll remember (and talk about) for the rest of their lives.

Updated:1483003737Source:Lifeofguangzhou.com

There’s one thing just about every traveler has in common – a sense of adventure. It is why people jet-set in the first place – they’re looking to have new, mind-expanding experiences they’ll remember (and talk about) for the rest of their lives.

As a world-traveler, Jon Levy has had his fair share of adventure, including a near-death tale of running with the bulls in Pamplona and traveling to far-off countries with complete strangers. He has discovered there may be an actual science to planning the perfect, adventurous trip.

Here are some of his best tried-and-tested tips for making your next trip the most exciting adventure ever.

Prepare to step out of your comfort zone and forgo your standard routines. Once you finish reading, book a flight and reward yourself with an exciting New Year vacation that you’ll never forget.

1. Set a mission.

Goals drive Human beings. Your mission could be anything from visiting seven cities in seven days to participating in the running of the bulls or eating scorpions or exotic bugs in Bangkok. Let the goal give you something to work towards.

2. The farther you are from home, the more likely you are to participate in new and unfamiliar experience.

Your brain operates differently in new environments. Go to a city with a thriving nightlife or one that is blooming. Think Berlin, Budapest, or Buenos Aires.

3. Constraints are a good thing.

Research by Barry Schwartz found that when we have too many choices, we feel overwhelmed and unhappy.

If you’re constrained by time, money, or language, use these to your advantage. See if you can convince strangers to buy your drinks for the entire night, for example. Now your constraints are what make it exciting, not a drag.

4. Be a participant.

Say yes, even if you don’t think you’ll like it. Having an adventurous life isn’t about enjoying everything. In the worst-case scenario, you’ll discover that you didn’t enjoy something. At least now you have a good story to tell.

5. Know your limitations.

Not all of us have the same tolerance level. Just because you read a story about me dropping myself in a foreign country with nowhere to stay doesn’t mean you need to do it. The key is to do things just outside of your comfort zone.

6. Planning is essential but plans can change.

A great adventure is created when you embrace the unexpected – go out and explore.

7. Become a master traveler.

Getting from place to place can be a drag, whether you are stuck in an airport, sitting on a train for hours, or having to get from one side of the city to another. But you can turn travel into the most fun part of your trip. A long train ride can be an epic board game challenge. A 30-minute taxi ride can turn into an amazing battle of Heads Up!

8. Make sure to end on a good note.

Research from Daniel Kahneman found that human beings don’t process the duration of pleasure and pain. If you end on a negative note, you’ll remember an entire experience negatively. If you end on a positive note, even if the rest of the experience wasn’t as good, you will remember it more fondly.

(By Wing Xie, Louis Berney)
Editor:Joanna You
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