You've spent months planning the perfect vacation, from where you'll stay to the best restaurants to visit to the sites you can't miss.
Now Stop. Reading. Emails.
Of people who used their devices for work-related activities while on vacation — even for as little as one hour — just 43% remembered everything about their trip, according to a new study by HomeAway and University of Texas researchers.
And people who broke out their laptops, rather than just their phones or tablets, had even worse memory recall.
So, if you were looking for another reason to leave work at the office and enjoy your time off, this is it.
Of course, not all device use had a negative impact, so don't panic if you think of your phone more as an extension of your arm, and not just a rectangle of aluminum and glass.
Respondents who used their phones to take photos — and yes, even selfies — were 40% more likely to remember their vacations well than people who took no photos. And despite what you may have heard, social media use did not have a major impact on trip memorability, so go ahead, send another Snap. Or better yet, put it on the 'gram. The survey found that Instagrammers were 24% more likely than Facebook users to have clear memories of their trip.
Researchers surveyed about 700 adults across six countries, using a series of surveys to gauge their memory recall. Study participants completed three surveys during their vacations (at the beginning, middle and end) and were then assessed on how well they could recall their recorded experiences one week after returning, using both visual and written cues.
Considering how many people aren't even using all their allotted vacation days, make the most of your time off and leave the work behind. After all, that's what the out-of-office message is for.