Vacations are supposed to be escapes from reality, but sometimes the real world creeps in anyway and tries to crush your hopes for an amazing adventure. The best ways to keep a firm grasp on your good mood while traveling: Wedge happiness into the routine and go for the experience, not the souvenirs.
Here's the deal. If you're flying, there will probably be rude people, screaming children and delays. Now that you've learned to embrace the suck, there are still ways you can turn that country-hopping frown upside down. For instance, wear yellow on travel days. According to one survey, yellow is the happiest color and guaranteed to put you in a better mood. If yellow really washes you out, just wear your favorite, most comfy clothes. They should have the same effect.
Another way to force a smile during rough times: Don't sit through that extended layover. Scientists have found that walking actually stimulates happiness because it gets the blood pumping and your mind crankin'. Makes sense, right? Use that delayed flight to check out the airport, get in some exercise and unleash your smile. Just make sure you skip the stilettos and opt for some seriously comfortable footwear instead.
You're in a new town (or at least a different one), but are you really getting to know the place? If you're only there to troll the tourist shops, you're sorely missing out on everything a city has to offer. Ditch the guidebook and grab a local paper. What restaurant is the local food critic raving about this week? Your sister would love a mango salsa recipe much more than another magnet from some place she's already visited. What local band has the music editor swooning? Your daughter would probably get a kick out of their CD.
More importantly, go big or stay home. Beach vacations are great, but don't let rain persuade you into seeing the same shell necklace at all six souvenir shops. What's the museum like? Buy an umbrella and hit the zoo when no one else is there. Hit the aquarium and pretend you're under those crashing waves.
Finally, there are some instances in which things going wrong can work to your benefit.
No matter what the situation, there's probably a way to find the silver lining.
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