When did we suddenly get so busy? What a deep way to start a blog… but really, when did it happen? It’s hard to pin down your friends, you’re constantly trying to balance all the areas of your life and blogging on the side is turning into a part-time job.
And then there’s work… There always seems to be a whole load going on at work whether you work for a company or are self-employed. We never seem to be able to get a break no matter our professional situation and it’s hard to strike a good balance.
Many parents have to juggle their childcare with their job and, by the time they have managed to factor in their own social life, it seems like they have no more spare time in their diaries. Even if you don’t have a family yet, you might still find that there is hardly any chance to catch a breather in the evenings or at the weekends.
There’s just too much on everyone’s to-do list, myself included.
Do you dream of being able to take a few minutes to yourself and catching a breather? Well, if so, it sounds like you could do with a longer break. How about a holiday, in fact? An actual holiday? Not just a city break or a few days away – a time to really switch off.
If you have been thinking of planning a holiday soon, you might want to consider some of the following destinations that I’ve rounded. Each of these is renowned for being a great destination for some chill-out time – just what you deserve.
When you think of Ibiza, you might instantly think of one of the best-known party destinations in the world. It’s true that this little island in the Balearics is a renowned hot spot for hedonists, but that’s not everything that this island has to offer. In fact, if you stay away from the party area on the island, you will find that there is some really beautiful scenery and quiet locations where you can chill out throughout your break.
In fact, there are quite a few popular family-friendly resorts once you start to get away from all the clubs and all-night parties! One great day out is the Hippy Market at Es Cana. You’ll be able to while away a few hours wandering around the stalls and picking up some bargains as you go. After a day of shopping, why not relax on one of the great beaches, such as Cala Llonga?
Bali has been on my holiday bucket list for as long as I can remember, and with the number of bloggers going there in the past couple of years and capturing such beautiful images, the wanderlust is real.
If you love getting in touch with your spiritual side and think that doing so will help you shake off some of your current stresses, then book a flight to this tropical paradise. This Indonesian island is known for its many temples, most of which date back to the ancient times. One of the most famous temples on the island, Tanah Lot is located on a rock formation just off the coast: You can’t enter the temple itself, but you’ll be able to get close enough for some fantastic shots. There’s also a beautiful beach just near the temple so that you can take in the inspiring views of the sunsets into the ocean.
Sounds pretty perfect right?
Another one that’s been on my hitlist for a while is the intriguing country of Japan. If you want even more zen in your life, or to try a completely different culture then this might be the place for you.
Even though the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto might seem anything other than relaxing, there are still lots of rural spots and places of perfect tranquility around the country. Take the country’s many parks; they are so large and expansive, that you could very easily forget the hustle and bustle of the cities!
There are also some really cool destinations for day trips just outside Tokyo: The Takao-San mountain is just an hour outside the capital and lots of guided tours head there each day. You’ll be able to trek up the mountain and take in some breathtaking views of Tokyo. The sights will be so spectacular that you might even forget all of the stresses of things back at home!
If you go in the spring months too, the cherry blossoms will be out in all of their glory.
Did you know that people who live in Scandinavia are thought to be a lot happier and more relaxed than those from elsewhere in the world? It’s true, there is actually quite a lot of research that backs up this claim. People think it might be because of the region’s relaxed lifestyle. So, why not go and see for yourself with a visit to Denmark?
This could be the perfect country to visit if you have been thinking or organising a winter trip this year. And that is all because of hygge – the Danish concept of comfort and cosiness. But it is a lot more than just being cosy; in fact, the Danes take this very seriously indeed!
It is more of a way of life for them and something that they try to achieve as much as possible, especially in the winter when it is very chilly outside. During your trip to Denmark, you’ll come across lots of quaint cafes and restaurants where you can experience this hygge for yourself!
You might not instantly think about Singapore as a very relaxing country, but it has to be said that there is a lot going for it. I’m sure you will certainly be able to recharge your batteries with a stay in this beautiful place. In fact, you’ll be able to easily find a reasonably priced studio apartment for rent in Singapore long term, so it could be a good option if you want to go on a longer break for a month or more.
Singapore is quite a busy place and is perfect for those of you who would rather relax by immersing themselves into a cosmopolitan lifestyle rather than heading out to the countryside. You can chill out in the evenings at Marina Bay and go for a leisurely stroll around Clarke Quay. If you love anything adrenaline-packed, you can always check out the thrilling Universal Studios Singapore.
The Alps cover eight countries, so there are a few destinations you might want to choose if you fancy recharging your batteries in these famous mountains. There are also lots of different activities that you can take part in, depending on which season you travel in.
Go in the winter, and you’ll be able to ski and snowboard until your heart’s content. In the summer, there are hundreds of hiking routes. No matter where you travel to in the Alps, though, you can be sure of enjoying some hearty delicacies. Dairy is a big deal here, and you’ll be able to enjoy a lot of fondue and raclette – perfect!
If you are one of the many people who find travelling to be very stressful, you might just want to relax on a staycation. At least that way, you don’t have to get stressed out in an airport before you have even got to your destination!
It’s a good idea to give London a miss as it is an extremely busy city, and you won’t be able to truly relax – ideally, head out to the British countryside. The Lake District and Peak District have plenty of beautiful spots dotted around, and you will find that there are so many walking routes that you can enjoy.
The country’s coastline is equally beautiful and you’ll be able to soak up this current heatwave on one of the many beaches. Even if the weather isn’t that great by the time you head away on your staycation, you will still be able to enjoy everything that the traditional British seaside has to offer.
So, next time you feel like you take a breather and escape from your busy life, it could be a good idea to consider one of the destinations above. Let me know if you do visit one of them – I’d love to know how you enjoyed your time away!
Have you been to any of the above? What did you think?