Tips for Taking a Peaceful Vacation

Keep Your Vacation Relaxing

Have you ever felt like you needed a vacation to recover from your vacation? Travel can be exhausting and stressful, but you can take a peaceful vacation (or at least cut down on the stress) with these tips.

My most relaxing and peaceful vacations have come in nature, but these tips can certainly apply to any vacation. The images are all from trips to Mendocino, a small coastal town in Northern California. It’s one of my favorite places to go take a walk by the ocean and enjoy the small, artsy town.

Find a Beautiful Destination

What makes a location your dream vacation? Only you can answer that question. But if you are looking for a peaceful and restful vacation, going somewhere quiet and serene makes sense.

While the hustle of major cities and tourist attractions can be fun, it isn’t always restful (and depending on the time of year, it can actually cause more stress). My favorite places are always by the ocean or luxury Caribbean cruises.

Search for Deals in Advance

A tight budget can put a strain on a vacation. Don’t spend all your time worrying about money. Before you leave, look for great deals or coupons on things to do and places to eat.

Check online sites like Groupon in advance for fun deals in your travel destination. If you are going on a longer trip, you may even want to think about getting an Entertainment Book for the area. If you can use it on three to four meals, it will earn back your cost (plus, it often has coupons for local attractions).

The California Coastline

For me, a relaxing vacation always involves the ocean. There is something about sitting on the beach and watching the waves that is completely peaceful. While Mendocino is my favorite place for a peaceful vacation, there are tons of destinations on the California coast that would be great. Why not visit somewhere new?

Take a Walk Through Nature

Even the most urban areas have large parks, like Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or Central Park in New York. There is something about the quiet of trees, rivers, and lakes that can be completely refreshing and peaceful. Take a long walk and enjoy the sights!

Spend Time by Yourself

Even if you are taking a big family vacation, set aside a little time to spend on your own. Even if you only have 30 minutes in the morning while everyone else gets ready, why not spend it going for a walk by the water?

Watch the Sunrise (or Sunset)

Pull up a chair and enjoy the view from a deck, balcony, or the beach. The colors of the sky during sunrise and sunset are peaceful and romantic. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with someone special.

Have Breakfast in Bed

Make the time for at least one ultra-relaxing meal. Having breakfast delivered to your room one day is a great way to achieve this. Take your time getting up and eat something decadent!

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