Traveling can be a draining pursuit. Anyone who has travelled extensively will be able to tell you about the intense fatigue of severe jet lag, the physical effects of backpacking, and the emotional strain that being away from home can put on your general health and wellbeing. Fortunately, the options for travellers who wish to see the world without expending all their energy are plentiful. Here are a few of the most popular ways to travel while simultaneously enjoying the opportunity to relax and unwind.
A combination of the words ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’, ‘glamping’, is the latest travelling craze to sweep the world, offering adventurous holidays with a little less of the rough-and-ready approach associated with traditional camping. If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, but you don’t wish to get your hands dirty pegging out your tent, why not book yourself a fully serviced tipi or a yurt with a four-poster bed? Glamping does still have the same security risks as camping though, so make sure you find the best travel insurance before you go.
If you can’t relax while being pampered at a spa, you might just be the kind of person who can’t relax. Spa breaks don’t have to mean visits to converted stately homes in stuffy areas of affluent towns either – there are more and more spas appearing in countries that like to take their massage treatments off the beaten track for example this location. India, with its hot temperatures and humid atmosphere, can be one of the most tiring countries to travel, but at the ESPA spa in Udaipur, you can take a soak in a thermal bath while you enjoy the sights of Lake Pichola.
Cruises were once the reserve of wealthy businessmen who liked to let off steam with a big, expensive, earth-polluting tour of the seas while stuffing their faces with lavish banquets. Admittedly, a lot of this still goes on aboard cruise ships but true travellers can also find stress-free cruise ship holidays that are more in keeping with the traveling spirit. Holland America runs cruise ships that have vastly reduced their waste, stopped any waste from going overboard, employed environmental officers on every ship and brought in a black water treatment system.
If you love the mountains but don’t have the energy to climb them, get yourself a lodge. While staying at a mountain lodge you can immerse yourself in nature, build and light your own fires, even catch and kill your own food if you want to. Great examples of adventurous, relaxing lodge holidays include the Jasper Park Lodge in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where five-star accommodation resides amid some of the most tranquil surroundings in Canada.
There is no feeling quite like that of hanging between two palm trees, listening to the sound of turquoise waves lapping at white sandy shores. If you want to take relaxing holidays to the next level, book yourself a beachside bungalow at the Turtle Bay resort on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The only thing likely to disturb you is the gentle nudge of a friendly sea turtle as he passes you another cocktail.