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Doctor creates formula for perfect holiday

Doctor creates formula for perfect holiday
27 Feb 2014

Sometimes, enjoying the perfect holiday can seem like a bit of a hit-and-miss venture, but travellers need rely on luck no longer now that a doctor has established the mathematical formula for the ideal getaway. 

Leading psychologist Dr David Holmes says that the total value of a holiday (up to 100%) is calculated by adding together the amount of anticipation (the length of time you book in advance) to the expected memories (the length of the holiday multiplied by the number of different activities you will enjoy), the Daily Mail reports. 

Therefore, booking as far in advance as possible and taking part in a diverse range of activities during your holiday will lead a greater amount of holiday value than a last-minute break where you do the same thing each day of your trip. 

'While the 'fly-and-flop' type break might feel like a restorative holiday option, the benefits are actually very short-lived,' Dr Holmes explained.

'What is going to offer longer-lasting reward between one holiday and the next is a break packed full of rich experiences.'

To help you enjoy a holiday with 100% value, here are a couple of action-packed itineraries you might want to follow:

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a long-haul destination, so you'll want to book it several months in advance to ensure you get a seat on the plane and that your passports are in order. This will help anticipation to build. Once you're there, you can indulge in a huge number of activities from surfing to snorkelling and from bird watching in the jungle to zip lining above the treetops. 

West Coast USA

Book your tickets to San Francisco or Los Angeles now to get the excitement building. 

Then start planning how you're going to take in the incredible national parks such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, as well as all those West Coast city sights. A night or two in Vegas will certainly create a few memories.ADNFCR-408-ID-801698323-ADNFCR

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