People often are eager to get to their favorite restaurant or activity right away when they're on vacation, but that actually can work against maximizing your enjoyment. Memories of a great first day will have faded by the end of the trip but not before making everything else that follows seem a little less special. Research by Dan Ariely, PhD, author of Predictably Irrational, suggests that how you feel on the last day of your trip colors your impression of the overall experience. So don't hang around your hotel on the last day. Make that day a fun, fulfilling one.
More secrets to a great vacation from Dr. Ariely, Pauline Frommer—and others: