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Ideal time off over Christmas to maximise happiness.

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In a fantasy world, many of us would holiday for months at a time.

But when it comes to travel and maximising our satisfaction, it seems that shorter really is sweeter.

Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman revealed that shorter holidays are just as good as longer breaks, and declared one week to be the ideal length of time to holiday over the festive period.

When it comes to travel and maximising our satisfaction, it seems that shorter really is sweeter (stock image)
When it comes to travel and maximising our satisfaction, it seems that shorter really is sweeter (stock image)

Dr Kahneman said it all comes down to the way the brain is wired for enjoyment, because the human condition can be separated into ‘experiencing’ and ‘remembering’ categories.

Experiencing relates to what we are doing at any given time, when we are living in the moment, whereas remembering involves prolonging the happiness of a situation by reliving past events through photos, videos or conversation.

And according to Dr Kahneman, we can maximise the potential of the memories we make in just seven days.

Travel experts recommend dramatically switching up your vacation at the half way mark if you have two or even three weeks already arranged, to create new and stimulating experiences for the duration of the holiday.

According to Dr Kahneman, we can maximise the potential of the memories we make in just seven days (stock image)
According to Dr Kahneman, we can maximise the potential of the memories we make in just seven days (stock image)

But if you are yet to firm up on your getaway plans, Skyscanner previously revealed that buying your fares 17 to 18 weeks out from the prospective break is the cheapest time to do it.

The online travel agency explained that if you strike at the right time you’re looking at saving upwards of 24 per cent on the airfare price.

In July, the booking site revealed while almost three quarters of Australians intend to catch a flight for the holidays, 84 per cent of that number had yet to book an airline ticket.

With flight prices steadily increasing as we near the Christmas period, research from the online giant revealed an informative list detailing potential savings based on Australia’s most loved destinations.

Skyscanner revealed while almost three quarters of Australians intend to catch a flight for the holidays, 84 per cent of that number had yet to book airplane tickets (stock image)
Skyscanner revealed while almost three quarters of Australians intend to catch a flight for the holidays, 84 per cent of that number had yet to book airplane tickets (stock image)

Melbourne travellers can secure a flight to Wellington for eight per cent less than average if they book seventeen weeks in advance.

New South Wales residents could be in for even greater reductions, with Sydneysiders saving 10 per cent on Manila flights when they book thirteen weeks ahead of time.

Flying out of Australia on December 21 is one of the most expensive days of the year to travel, with fares costing 12 per cent more than average.

Pushing your departure back to 23rd December will save you 3 per cent compared with two days prior.

New South Wales residents could be in for even greater reductions, with Sydneysiders saving 10 per cent on Manila flights when they book thirteen weeks ahead of time
New South Wales residents could be in for even greater reductions, with Sydneysiders saving 10 per cent on Manila flights when they book thirteen weeks ahead of time

TOP 20 DECEMBER HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS FOR AUSTRALIANS

1. Bali                                                            11. Tokyo

2. Melbourne                                             12. Manila

3. Sydney                                                    13. Adelaide

4. Auckland                                                14. Dublin

5. London                                                    15. Nadi (Fiji)

6. Brisbane                                                 16. Los Angeles

7. Gold Coast                                             17. Hobart

8. Bangkok                                                 18. New Delhi

9. Singapore                                              19. Colombo

10. Perth                                                      20. Cairns

Michael Grierson, Travel Expert at Skyscanner Australia, said when it comes to frugal flying, planning is everything.

‘The festive period is naturally a busy time as Aussies prepare to visit family, head on holiday or…continue to work, but travellers can bag a good deal if they plan smartly.

‘We’d encourage Aussie travellers to consider travelling outside these key dates, and is possible to avoid peak times.’

Skyscanner urged travellers not to leave their bookings until the last minute (e.g. within one week of intended departure) as this will likely incur a hefty premium.

 

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