Have you ever had a rough day at the office that ended with you saying “I need a vacation?” For most people, vacations are meant to be a time when they can get away from it all and relax. Unfortunately, many travel destinations can present you with more hassle and headache than relax and rejuvenate. If you need to take a break from stress, included here are the most relaxing vacation destinations around the globe.
This island is more than just a popular vacation spot, it also sports some of the happiest locals around the world. With high national rankings in both happiness and safety, Costa Rica may be just the destination you need to relax. Take time to work out your stress through exercise by kayaking, surfing, hiking or horseback riding before hitting a tranquil beach at an eco-resort. You can rest easy knowing your vacation is sustainable and that pina colada isn’t damaging the environment!
If you are looking for a completely safe, yet affordable, travel destination, head over to Malaysia. With hiking and backpacking, it is the top solo traveling destination in Asia. With quiet coastal resorts, Malaysia offers optimal relaxation for you to take your pack off and relax. Even solo female travelers can feel perfectly safe in this country, but are advised to avoid skimpy clothing and flashy jewelry.
With coastal cliffs, rolling green hills, and the irresistible Irish accent, many people may find themselves perfectly at ease while traveling in Ireland. You can easily relax and meander your way through this country, avoiding itineraries and stressful travel. Simply rent a car and cruise from one bed and breakfast to the next, making a few pub stops in-between (as long as you have a designated driver!).
Traveling to the small island of Iceland, you may find yourself enraptured with the stunning visual landscape and otherworldly natural wonders. The Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal pool, is a remarkably relaxing travel destination and is said to offer healing benefits. Hallgrimur’s church or the National Museum are also popular destinations; however, if you choose to spend your entire trip in a natural, mineral-rich geothermal pool, no one will blame you a bit.
Those looking for an especially hospitable and friendly people group should search no farther than the Kiwis of New Zealand. A landscape that was made popular by the Lord of the Rings movies is especially fun to hike and enjoy in real life. All of the natural beauty of this country is sure to bring down your blood-pressure and increase a post-vacation high.
If you still find yourself needing to blow off a little steam, consider indulging in the Kiwis favorite de-stressing technique, zorbing. To “zorb,” you will be strapped into the center of a transparent, inflated ball and have other people roll you down a grassy knoll. While the actual de-stressing benefits of zorbing have yet to be proven, the adrenaline and endorphins are sure to make you feel better!