Taking time off from the daily grind through traveling can make you feel happier, less stressed, and recharged. According to a recent study, people who traveled several times a year at least 75 miles away from home are 7 percent happier than those who seldom go on a holiday.
Not only are frequent travelers more satisfied with their lives, but they're also more relaxed than those who rarely travel. Whether you are traveling alone, with family, or with your pets in tow, the goal of your vacation should be relaxation.
However, going on a holiday will not always result in a recharged body and mind. It is essential to carefully choose activities and destinations that can help you to have a relaxed mindset and rejuvenated body. If you want to have a truly relaxing vacation, consider the following activities.
Go On A Spa Retreat
One of the best ways to rejuvenate yourself is to go on a trip alone. Booking a stay in a wellness resort or a hotel with a spa can do wonders for both your mind and body, even if it is only for a short stay. Most, if not all resorts, will have a Zen-like environment that will soothe all your senses.
The smell of burning incense and the soothing sounds of nature will take your mind off work and other distractions. Meanwhile, tension-relieving massages and spa treatments can rejuvenate tired muscles and enhance blood circulation.
When staying at a wellness resort, it is best to ask for their ultimate spa package and spend the entire day of pampering.
Bathe in an Authentic Japanese Onsen
If you have a lot of vacation credits at your disposal, it is best to use them all and book a getaway to Japan and see all the wonders it has to offer. Japan is fast becoming a wellness tourism destination in Asia, according to the 2019 Global Wellness Trends Report.
Japan’s wellness allure is attributed to over 3,000 hot springs or “onsen” in Japan, located within scenic landscapes. If you want to stay in an onsen, head over to Gero Onsen, located in Gero City Gifu Prefecture. Other notable hot springs to visit are the Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture and the Nyuto Hot Spring Village in Akita Prefecture.
Bask in Nature
If your idea of a relaxing vacation is to unplug and go off-grid for a while, then a mountain retreat is the best option for you. Look for mountain resorts that have available solo or isolated cabins that you can rent during your stay. This way, you can choose to seclude yourself in your rented log house as you finish reading your favorite book while still being able to mingle with other guests in their restaurants or bars.
Three of the best mountain resorts to visit within the Northern US include the luxurious The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York, the family-style Lodge at Nakoma, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. An overnight stay at these resorts start at under $400 a night to suit travelers with different budgets.
If you want to rejuvenate and de-stress, you have to determine what kind of holiday can make you feel relaxed and at ease. Pick the right kind of getaway that suits your preferences and budget, and enjoy the soothing calm of a relaxing vacation.