Tips for a More Relaxing Vacation


Most of us go on vacation to relax, at least in part. Sure, we love exploring new places and soaking up new cultures, but we also want to get away from it all and recharge our batteries for a while. Or at least I do. Mr. Misadvenutes is someone who hardly ever relaxes even on vacation! It’s a shame, that so many people find it so difficult to unwind when on vacation. If you’re one of them (like my hubby!), here are a few tips that could help you to have your calmest, most relaxing vacation yet.

Go all-inclusive


If you really want to relax on vacation, consider booking an all-inclusive package where you won’t have to lift a finger or think about anything beyond relaxing by the pool unless you want to. A lot of people think that an all-inclusive vacation means never leaving the complex, but you’re free to head out and explore the surrounding areas as much as you want. If you want to eat out or visit a museum you can, but you can do so safe in the knowledge that you have paid for food, drinks, and entertainment waiting for you when you get back.

In the almost 20 years that Mr. Misadventures and I have been together the few times that he 100% relaxed and didn't want to be going 24/7 was when we stayed at an all-exclusive resort in Moorea (never have I been more relaxed in my life!) and on some of the cruises, we have been on which is kind of in the same family.

Pick a secluded spot


Often, it’s other people that can make your vacation stressful. It’s no fun being stuck in a hotel room next to a bunch of loud teenagers or being unable to enjoy the sights due to the crowds, which is why it may be a good idea to start looking at more secluded vacation spots in South America, France, England or Indonesia. If you go off the beaten track, you’re more likely to find pockets of calm relaxation than you are if you hit up popular locations.

If you do want to visit those popular tourist traps, do so in the off-season, so they are likely to be less crowded. Mr. Misadventures and I do a lot.

Shut off your phone


It’s so sad to be in a beautiful far-flung location and glued to your phone, but you see it more and more often – vacationers on a stunning beach answering work emails or fretting about what they can upload to their social media profiles. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with updating your socials or taking the occasional glance at your emails per se, but if you do it too often, you won’t truly embrace the place you’re in and you’ll never be able to fully relax, so why not leave the phone in your hotel room at least some of the time? Go old school with a map or ask locals for directions and be truly present in the moment exploring the beauty and soaking up the local culture. You’ll feel so much better for it.

Try relaxing local activities


Whether it’s yoga in India, surfing in Spain, or hiking in the Swiss Alps (trust me, I worked in Switzerland for 3 years, there are relaxing hikes in the Alps!), there are always local activities to try that are relaxing in their very nature, and getting involved in them will not only help you to have a more peaceful location, but it will also help you to understand the local people and their culture a little more than you did before.

Relaxing vacations really are within your reach, you just need to make them happen!

Now that you have a few tips to master how to relax while on vacation, here are tips on how to get back into a healthy routine after vacation!

How about you? Have any tips for relaxing while on vacation? Do share!

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  1. Sarah Bailey says:

    These are some wonderful ideas, I think going all-inclusive when possible is a great idea as it takes out the hassle of cooking and being away in a secluded spot means you can really relax.

  2. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    All-inclusive is the way to go! I love being able to have a choice of restaurants, activities, etc. and not worry about keeping up with my wallet.

  3. Terri A Steffes says:

    Sometimes I wish my phone wasn’t my camera. I’d leave the darned thing at home.

  4. Chef Dennis says:

    We all could use a relaxing vacation! These tips are really good and I am definitely keeping them in mind

  5. sara lafountain says:

    I went on an all inclusive vacation one time and it was amazing! I vowed that it was the way to go, my family agreed with me. Cannot wait to experience that again soon.

  6. Jennifer Van Haitsma says:

    I love all inclusive trips! We took one about 3 years ago to Riviera Maya and it was amazing.

  7. I find it so hard to leave my phone behind. I always find myself needing to stay in touch with home so that I can check on my kids! But for our next vacation we do plan on going all inclusive because we’ve heard it makes thing so much simplier.

  8. I’ve tried an all inclusive vacation and I can tell you that it’s the best solution! Great tips!

  9. Picking a secluded spot would be a great idea for sure. It would be so relaxing to only have your family there and nobody else.

  10. Those are beautiful pictures and oh so relaxing, thanks for sharing.

  11. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says:

    These are some awesome tips. Once covid is officially over, we need a long vacation.

  12. So many great tips! I just got back from a vacation and totally agree that going all-inclusive was the best option for me.

  13. We always try to pick a spot that is not too popular with tourist, so we can enjoy the view and avoid the noise

  14. Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers says:

    I love these ideas. It has been a long time since I’ve gone on vacation. I’d love to go to Mexico or on another cruise. But doubt that will happen in the next year or two.

  15. Mary Traveler says:

    First off, I would like to say that I really like your blog logo! about this post, definitely turn off your phone once your out there to appreciate everything you see and what’s there you are blessed to see in that specific moment!

  16. Jenni / Out in the Nature says:

    I have never been a fan of all inclusive holidays, but I would love one right now!! I hope they invent some covid-safe holiday packages soon because I miss traveling.