Allow us to state the obvious: You don’t get to go on vacation every day. We won’t call it the worst possible outcome for your holiday vacation, but one of the most common disappointments with traveling is to think you’ve made the sensible choice with shorter 4-, 5-, and 6-day itineraries only to realize how much fun you’re having and how much you don’t want to leave. Of course, this sentiment is likely inevitable whenever you have a good time during work holidays. No matter how long you’ve been away from home, there tends to be wistful feelings even before you’ve left on the return trip home.
Know, too, that typically the further you travel, the more sense it will make to extend your trip that extra day or two. When it costs a grand or more to fly to your destination—which is not uncommon when flying to another hemisphere—then you want to be able to spread out that upfront travel cost over more days of vacation fun.
Getting the most bang for your buck is, admittedly, not the only consideration.
As you gain experience traveling and taking bigger vacations, you’ll have a better sense of how long is long enough and how long is too long in this calculation between seeing and experiencing all you can without the feeling of being homesick overwhelming your traveling enjoyment.
Ideally, you’ll also gain insights into how you personally prefer to balance your available time versus your available travel budget. Many people are limited by their allotted vacation time by their employers. Others are limited by the extra costs associated with longer travel itineraries. For this reason, even those people who are able and willing to spend a good amount on their vacations may still look for deals and budget-friendly options. Consider whether there are places you can scale back your vacation with much, if any, disappointment, especially if it allows you to stay an extra day or two.
I am a lifelong explorer and travel enthusiast. I've never been a certified travel agent, but I have multiple family members who were. I'm not necessarily plugged in to the latest travel vendors and exclusive packages, and I've never cared for the label "life coach," but I do think I have some wisdom to offer about how people can get the most of your their vacation time.