Top Relaxation Places
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When I travel I seem to always be on the go. That is how I relax. But even I need to just sit back and just do nothing once in awhile. Here are the best places for that.
1) Blue Lagoon, Iceland- Yes it's full of tourists. But they are tourists who are relaxing. The Blue Lagoon transports you to a relaxing other planet (it doesn't look like earth). The milky blue warm waters soothe every tired muscle. The cold mud on your face supposedly fights aging. You can sit underneath a waterfall and get a very pounding massage. Moreover there is a swim-up bar! There are also steam baths and sauna. I just vegged for hours.
2) Downeast Maine- A Windjammer Cruise takes you away from the stress on land and allows the healing nature of the sea to cure you of your ills. Nothing is more relaxing than sailing and feeling the sun on your face and the smell of salt air, especially when your belly is filled with fresh lobster. I'm a fan of the Schooner Heritage.
3) Vis, Croatia- Paradise!!!
4) Eastern Shore, Maryland- Just wandering from one quaint town to another, with some salty seafaring ones in between, makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. The sound of the Chesapeake Bay lapping the shore is awesome and the seafood is also amazing.
5) Pray, Montana- Chico Hot Springs in the blink-and-you-miss-it town of Pray has on ald-fashioned hot springs and resort. It is set in Paradise Valley (aptly named) north of Yellowstone National Park. What a relaxing way to rejuvenate one's tired body after a few days of campiing and hiking in Yellowstone. There is also a nice restaurant and a swim-up bar.
6) The Algarve, Portugal- This laid back and inexpensive region of southern Portugal is made for just taking what the day has to give you. Beautiful warm and dry weather, gorgeous seaside scenery, small towns, and tasty food definitely helps one forget about the world. Kind of like the Caribbean without the humidity and bugs.
7) St. Bart's- I suppose most Caribbean islands would fall in this category. But St. Bart's is my favorite. Feels like Europe, many beaches, some au natural, and just picture perfect. Expensive though!
8) Lake Lugano, Switzerland- Yes you can do one of the many hikes in this lower Alpine region (I did). But you can also take a swim and literally chill by this breathtaking lake. You can eat enjoying the scenery, and have a gelato strolling its world-class promenade.
9) Fire Island, New York- Yes this one is near my home, but it truly is an oasis of relaxation. No cars allowed on the island and some pristine beaches. Some villages are quiet, others a party-oriented, but they all feel like another world.
10) The Lido, Venice- Lovely island in the Veneto that has a nice beach and a much more relaxed atmosphere than Venice proper. A great place to take a break and do nothing before you resume absorbing everything Venice has to offer. Great gelato.