Carlo and I are currently on our way to Houston where we leave this afternoon for a two week trip to the UK. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. The past week or so has been a blur of meeting deadlines at work, buying coats and hats to keep us warm, and getting ready for Christmas. Despite all this, I’ve still had a smile on my face thinking about all of the fun things we are going to do on our trip.
It reminds me of this study done last year where vacations were scientifically proven to increase your happiness. Contrary to what might seem like common sense, the highest amount of vacation happiness isn’t that feeling of post-travel bliss, but is rather the anticipation and planning of a trip, which can bring up to eight weeks of happiness! I’m definitely experiencing the happiness of anticipation right now. I’m anticipating hugs and kisses from my nieces, talking for hours with my brother about his life in Pakistan, celebrating Christmas on my sister’s farm, exploring my parents’ new life in Edinburgh, and catching up with missed friends in London.
In addition to all of these personal reasons, I’m excitedly anticipating eating my way through London and Scotland. I’m praying that we arrive on time in London tomorrow morning and can drop off our bags at the hotel so we can make it to The Hawksmoor by 10 am to order the full English breakfast for two. I’ve been dreaming about eating this feast for a couple of months ever since a friend posted a photo of it on Facebook and it seems like the perfect way to start our trip.
Cheers to the happiness of anticipation, but also remembering to savor each experience, bite, sip, and hug when it does actually happen! I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures with you.