According to your memory, that one week vacation was likely just as fun as the longer two week trip you fought harder to get. A psychologist interviewed by Business Insider, says that when contemplating on your vacation memories, a shorter vacation is just as positive as the longer one. That’s because that extra week isn’t necessarily creating unique memories from the first week.
When you go on vacation for two weeks instead of one, you most likely aren’t “changing the story” enough to create new memories about the experience. Instead, it all eventually blends into one amorphous memory. You might be left with one or two standout moments.
One way to avoid the above is to completely switch locations and activities half way through, a “dramatic” change is necessary as per the article.
Now, that same doctor says that people’s psychology can be divided into an “experiencing self” that lives in the moment or a “remembering self” who reflects on past memories. The experiencing self actually will appreciate the two week vacation and your stress and happiness levels will certainly go up with the extra vacation time.
If you fall into the “remembering self” category the psychologist suggests that you “spend half the time doing something less expensive, like staying at home and avoiding hotel and rental car fees — because in the long run, chances are the money isn’t buying much anyway.”