In our modern, fast-paced societies, where we are often permanently connected to heaps of digital objects in need of attention, we sometimes need to take a break, go on a trip to slow down the pace. So here are 8 perfect destinations to relax.
1- Bay of Islands, New Zealand
In the far north of New Zealand lies the beautiful Bay of Islands region, which offers a complete change of scenery. It’s a great place to relax by visiting the towns of Paihia and Russell or just whale watching, unless you choose to swim with dolphins altogether.
2- Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Cairngorms, the UK’s great national park, located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The mountainous landscapes, numerous waterfalls and secret lochs to discover are all good reasons to go and explore this jewel of Scottish nature that will not fail to soothe even the most stressed. Not to be missed: the superb Loch an Eilein and its 13th century castle.
3- Ubud, Indonesia
If you ever go to Ubud, a town in the highlands of Bali, apart from shopping for handicrafts and a very relaxing visit to this region full of holy places (temples, shrines), treat yourself to a totally Zen moment with a yoga class at the Yoga Barn for example, which is also a holistic healing retreat center.
4- Ise-Shima, Japan
For those who want to find inner peace and immerse themselves in a most relaxing and inspiring place, there is Ise-Shima National Park in Japan. There are Shinto shrines, the most revered in the country, as well as beautiful natural scenery, an extremely indented coastline with many long islands.
5- Porto-Vecchio, France
Corsica is home to the peaceful port city of Porto-Vecchio. It is a real postcard with its 16th century citadel, its dream beaches with turquoise waters, its green pine forests, its marina, not to mention its restaurants serving Corsican specialties. All the conditions are here to take life on the Zen side.
6- Buena Vista Lodge & Adventure, Costa Rica
Costa Rica as a whole is a destination where it is very easy to relax, thanks to the omnipresent nature that is as beautiful as it is beautifully preserved and protected, a quarter of its territory is occupied by either national parks or nature reserves! Eco-tourism in Costa Rica takes on its full dimension and many establishments are literally in the heart of Nature, such as Buena Vista Lodge & Adventure in Rincón de la Vieja, in the northwestern part of the country, a region famous for its hot thermal waters from the Rincón de la Vieja volcano.
7- In the far north
To relax, some people need a radical change of scenery. In this case, why not go to the far north? In recent years, going on holiday in the Nordic countries and the polar regions has become a real adventure. It has even become very fashionable. Cruises via Alaska, for example, are becoming more and more popular. We’ll tell you more here if you want to go to the North Pole.
If you want to relax 100%, nothing beats a silent retreat! We’ll cut everything off and stay quiet. You can do this in Quebec in many places and recharge your batteries.