The city break to New York, the 20-hour overnight bus trek through Thailand, or the free climbing trip in the Alps might all be the perfect use of your annual leave. But between a hectic day and the next thrill, there are definitely times when we just wish for some rest.
Here are some ideas for a relaxing holiday.
- Rishikesh, India
- Lake Louise, Canada
- Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Meditation in Rishikesh, India
Ever since The Beatles came to Rishikesh and were introduced to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru of Transcendental Meditation, the city on the foot of the Himalayas has exerted an incomparable attraction for those seeking peace.
With its countless temples and ashrams, Rishikesh has earned a reputation as a yoga capital. Swarg Ashram on the east bank of the Ganges is the spiritual centre of Rishikesh. The small town is just across the footbridges of Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula, or can be reached by boat, and is a car-free zone.
Tips for the restless: From Rishikesh you can embark on a rafting trip on the Ganges. The tours are offered in six different difficulty levels - from relaxing to “only professionals”.
The View at Lake Louise, Canada
This place is almost too good to be true. Lake Louise is located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Its turquoise colour is owed to the surrounding glaciers of the Canadian Rockies that constantly wash stone powder into the lake. Whether you spend hours exploring the woods, or enjoy the meditative view from your porch in one of the rustic lodges, it’s entirely up to you.
Tips for the restless: The Banff National Park offers almost everything the outdoor heart desires: hiking, biking , horseback riding, water and winter sports, and even sleigh rides with huskies are available in the oldest National Park in Canada.
Beach life in the Seychelles
Picture the Seychelles and we immediately think of honeymoons in the most expensive resorts in the world. The archipelago in the Indian Ocean has much more to offer. There are a number of simple apartments and self-catering chalets on the main island of Mahé, and on Praslin and La Digue, some are even directly on the sand.
The many deserted coves of the Seychelles are the stuff that tropical dreams are made of: the finest beaches you can imagine, coconut trees and crystal clear water. You don’t need to book a hotel to relax at one of these postcard locations - all the beaches on Mahé are publicly accessible. If you can’t relax here, you really might have a problem.
Tips for the restless: Catch your own barbecue food. Fishing tours are offered everywhere on the islands. Those who prefer to be the fish in the water can pack their snorkel gear and enjoy the coral reefs of the Marine National Park at Port Launay.
Disappear behind the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Near the small Icelandic community of Rangárþing ytra, the glacial Seljalands river crashes over a cliff face from about 60 feet. What makes this already meditative natural spot even more spectacular is the path which leads behind the waterfall. You can look out on the world from a cave through a curtain of water. The view is also particularly impressive late at night. An idyllic campsite is also located in the immediate vicinity of Seljalandsfoss, where you will be able to listen to the relaxing sounds of the rushing water from your tent.
Tips for the restless: If you have the right equipment then you’ll be able to follow a number of other waterfalls along the rock wall behind the Seljalandsfoss. Make sure you pack your waterproof clothing and non-slip shoes to avoid any injuries.