I have just decided to book another holiday, not my normal holiday one I’ve never booked before… a luxurious week long escape at an all inclusive resort from a package holiday supplier.
Most trips I take almost always center around one objective, hiking, adventure, food, culture, sightseeing or something else. Almost always they are far from relaxing and involve a lot of fairly hectic activities, after all, I always try to get the most out of my travel.
Recently I had a discussion with a friend of mine on the downfalls and benefits of different types of break. You see she much prefers doing absolutely nothing on holiday apart from soaking up some rays and reading a good book or two, all whilst being waited on hand and foot.
Now don’t get me wrong I didn’t think there was anything wrong with this choice, it’s just not normally me. Anyway in my usual spirit of trying everything at least once, I said I would join her on one of her holidays.
The funny thing about holidays is that sometimes booking them seems to add stress. For example, people often book their two week break, and then spend months telling others (before and after) that they can’t afford anything else because they have just paid for/been on their holidays (which of course must include a whole new wardrobe and toiletry stock up). There are also those that worry about their work, either before they go, desperately trying to tie up ALL lose ends (they can’t possibly delegate), or whilst away, or when they come back to hundreds of emails. This kind of thinking is what makes some believe they can’t take a break at all.
I agree with the above statement I came across, and this holiday seemed true. I spent most of the lead up to this holiday worrying if i would enjoy it, what would I do all day?, would i be bored? This seemed to get me over stressed before I even got on the plane. For a holiday that was supposed to be completely relaxing and de-stress me things did not look good before we even left the UK.
So how did it go?
Well surprisingly I actually enjoyed it, although I am glad I didn’t commit to longer than a week, otherwise I may have gone a little insane.
For what it said it does on the tin “a relaxing, stress free week to recharge” it delivered on all fronts. Everything was taken care of, our only decisions we had to make, were what to eat and when.
We spent 7 completely chilled out days next to the pool, reading and chatting, no stress, no work and no worries. The weather was amazing, the food average but plentiful, and of course the greatest relaxer of them all the drinks, these were free flowing and strong.
I would certainly do again at some point in the future, and probably enjoy it. But for now I am back to my usual travel planing of experiencing culture, food and places. Maybe the perfect trip could involve both types of break. a hectic week or two visiting sights, and experiencing all i can fit in, followed by a few days relaxing at a luxury spa. Now this could be the way forward……Hmmmm