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These are the best ways to make your next holiday truly memorable

If you want to make your next holiday truly memorable, a new study says you should snap pictures, put away your work, visit the mountains and don’t feel the need to spend so much money.

Science has found some simply ways to remember your trips better.
Science has found some simple ways to remember your trips better. Image by gradyreese/Getty Images

HomeAway, a home rental site, released a “first-of-its-kind study” that looks at how people form holiday memories. The report was produced in partnership with researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, led by psychologist and author Art Markman, and studied 700 summer holidaymakers to find out how travellers can make sure they remember their next holidays forever.

With technology becoming such an integral part of people’s everyday lives, some people insist that travellers use their vacation to unplug and unwind. However, the study found that people who take photographs and selfies actually remember their holidays 40% better than those less enamoured with their phones. However, there are diminishing returns: people who spend more than two hours using phones and other devices were 26% less likely to remember vacation details. Similarly, remember to leave the work behind, as people who worked on devices for more than an hour a day while on vacation were 43% more likely to have trouble remembering their trips than those who worked an hour or less.

Shot of a young couple having a glass of wine after a long day of travelling.
A young couple have a glass of wine after a long day of travelling. Image by pixdeluxe/Getty Images

And if you want to remember your trip, invite everyone you love to come along. People who travelled with a mix of family and friends remembered their holidays at least 20% better than those who travelled with just family, just friends, in a couple, or alone. Even where you take your vacation can even influence how well you remember it, with trips to the mountains being more memorable than other trips.

And there’s good news for thrifty travellers, the study revealed that the amount of money spent on a holiday has no effect on how much travellers actually remember it. But there is another simple way to make sure your trip is memorable and it starts before you ever pack your bags – get excited! People who were happy and excited before their vacation were 73% more likely to remember their trip than those who were stressed, frustrated or even calm before leaving.