Sometimes, holidays can feel like military operations, at least if you have a family to take care of. Packing the suitcases, readying your car, booking the accommodation and making a weekly schedule of exactly what you’ll get up to – there’s a lot of work to be done before you get to sit back and relax on that beach you’ve been looking to enjoy.
That said, there’s no reason why, despite that pang to make the most of your holiday time, you can’t enjoy more of a down to earth experience in the first place. Sure, it might be that many travel guides tell you that climbing Mt Snowdown twice in one day is the only way to ‘achieve beautiful experiences’ and ‘live your life to the fullest,’ but what if you just wish to unwind in gorgeous surroundings with people you love? Is that enough?
We think it is. So, in this post, we’ll discuss how to soak into a holiday that nourishes you, and what decisions can help aid that:
Take Your Time
It can often seem as though holidays need to take place at breakneck speed, with everyone feeling overbearingly rushed or unable to properly think as they head from place to place. It’s okay to stick to a given area and explore it thoroughly, like spending two days visiting a museum that inspires you, or in spending some time lazily sitting outside of a cafe with gorgeous views and talking with your partner. Such a approach can be a great way to soak into an area, to speak to the locals, and to generally feel a lot more relaxed than an overhyped tour guide could ever help you become.
Comforting accommodation, like inns in County Durham, can provide us with the chance to enjoy inns and pubs rather than the over-sanitized usual stay of a more corporate-adjacent hotel. With beautiful decorations that actually speak to the character of the area, you can feel as though you have more of an understanding of the place you’re in, and can explore that with care. This way, the accommodation is not just a separate and necessary part of the experience, but a full realized and worthwhile part of it.
Of course, the authentic cuisine of a location will help you soak in that culture more readily; and there may even be a little showmanship to help you get excited. As everyone knows, if you eat in three fantastic restaurants when on holiday, the whole affair can feel fundamentally worth the effort. Seeing a show on top of this, well that can be ideal too. Many people think that you need to ride horses on the beach or attend the most intensive concert in the world to enjoy yourself, but sometimes the quiet reflection and co-operation in a community that comes with situating a great restaurant just cannot be beaten.
With this advice, we believe that you’ll be able to look at any holiday, never ashamed to take your trip at its own pace.