Vacations have several factors to consider and the most important is length.
A study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that longer vacations aren’t necessarily better than shorter ones. However, vacations depend on individuals. Below are some factors to consider:
Long Vacation Pros:
Getting to know the locals: With time comes comfortability. One might start to frequent certain shops, cafes, and areas and this helps with getting to know some locals.
More time to explore: Instead of visiting several sites, one has the time to focus on a couple a day.
Mental Break: Some just need that mental break to detach from their normal routine. Also they may have a harder time disconnecting and might need more time to actually ‘start’ the vacation.
Long Vacation Cons:
Living out of a suitcase: One of the disadvantages of traveling is living out of a suitcase, and with longer vacations there is more to keep track of while exploring.
Risk getting tired: Longer vacations can be a bit exhausting depending on what you plan to do and see.
Finding laundromats: If you are someone who doesn’t want to carry around dirty laundry, it can be harder to find washing machines in the area.
Short Vacation Pros:
More time for somewhere else: You don’t need that long to travel especially when traveling in your own country or area.
A quick break: Sometimes all you need is a short break to recover.
Save money: Shorter vacations mean spending less money on accommodation, food, activities, etc.
Short Vacation Cons:
Not enough time to explore: Shorter vacations only allow you to see a few sites.
Exhausting: Vacations can get tiring and shorter ones aren’t an exception.
Short range distances: Traveling in the local area can be just as fun but gives you limited options.
In conclusion, depending on how much time you want to take for a vacation and your personal preferences, you are in control of when and where your vacation starts! There are both physical and psychological health benefits of taking a vacation. All In A Health reports that “people who take vacations have lower stress, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve goals.” Long or short vacation - it’s up to you!