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.
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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