As they say, a tourist and a traveler are quite different from each other. While the former is commercially marketed and more concerned with getting the perfect Insta-worthy captures or checking out the popular touristy spots. The latter focuses on having a quiet and peaceful time, as a respite from the monotony of regular life. The former has a lot of check-boxes to tick off, but the latter hardly has any such checklist and instead prefers to unwind in a more low-profile manner. If you are on the lookout for a serene, refreshing vacation as a means to de-stress check out the following travel destinations that are sure to rejuvenate both your body and soul:
A world-famous heritage city in India dates back to the 11th century BC. Often touted as India’s spiritual capital, Varanasi lies on the banks of the Ganges. It is said to be one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Hindu priests perform the ‘aarti’ ceremony on the riverbank every evening, which is a visual treat for visitors. The spectacular sunset only adds to the charm.
Take a stroll along with ‘Ghats’, visit the Ramnagar Fort and Museum, go for a day trip to Sarnath- you wouldn’t run out of ideas here! Numerous budget accommodation options surround the ‘ghats’; if you want to experience the buzz, stay near the Dashashwamedh Ghat while for a quieter stay, check out the area around Assi Ghat. In terms of food, you can expect lip-smacking street food; but keep in mind that most restaurants here do not serve non-vegetarian fare or alcohol.
Sipping tropical juice while relaxing on some of the beautiful beaches of the world sounds like a fantastic idea, right? Well, Hawaii promises just that! Well-known for its tradition of spiritual healing, Hawaii will give a much-desired break to mind and body from the humdrum affairs of regular life. You can also feast on the experimental cuisine, thanks to the famous food trucks around the tropical island.
In Hawaii, nature, and healing go hand in hand. There are several spas and massage centers with their indigenous treatments. The most popular one being Lomi-Lomi, which is rooted in Hawaiian culture. Since Hawaii has a lot to offer- tropical beaches, clear blue waters, mountains, active volcanoes, waterfalls, diving, etc.where you choose to stay will depend on the kind of vacation you are looking for. However, first-timers usually prefer to stay at Maui, while for budget accommodation, Big Island is the best option. On the other hand, Oahu is a preferred destination for nightlife-seekers and families alike!
Bid farewell to the monotonous lifestyle for a few days and indulge in the peace and luxury that Indonesian villas offer. Indonesia is all about relaxing. Be it by dipping your feet in the water, or some sun-bathing amidst the white sands. You can also establish a connection with nature by taking a long walk through its virgin landscapes.
Besides, Indonesia, especially the island of Bali, is dotted with spas and wellness centers that will transport you to a tropical paradise! Despite being a small island, Bali has a plethora of beaches and areas that offer their unique features. Whether you prefer a dynamic nightlife or a quiet and laidback setting will determine the accommodation you settle for. Seminyak, Ubud, Kuta Beach, Legian Beach, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, are some of the top locations of Bali to stay in. Be sure to give Rote and Mentawais a try, too. Give your taste buds a real treat in the form of Indonesian cuisine, be it in a traditional restaurant, cool café joints, or merely authentic street-food.
Though it might come across as quite intimidating initially, the irresistible appeal of the Himalayas can hardly escape your notice. Just a walk on one of the several hiking trails will give you an adrenaline rush, and definitely in the right way! Not feeling too daring or adventurous? Well, just a quiet stay amidst these mountains will have a positive effect on your mind and body.
As far as food is concerned, the Himalayan fare goes beyond yak meat and butter tea. You can find some of the quintessential Nepali, Bhutanese, and Tibetan dishes in the Himalayas. Whether you like soothing or spice, vegetarian curries or meaty momos, you will get something to suit your platter! The expanse of Himalayas is far and wide, so you can take your pick from Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, and so on.
Lake Bled in Slovenia-
Looking for a stunning location? Head to Lake Bled in Slovenia! Located in Central Europe, this glacial lake with its island will let you bask in nature’s beauty at its best! Take a gondola ride or experience hiking through forest trails that lead to Bled Castle, and you will surely come back with a reinvigorated spirit!
You can also indulge in some experimental cuisines, since Slovanian food has Austrian, Croatian, Italian, and Hungarian influences, besides some flavors from Turkey as well!
Antarctica will reveal to you a wholly new dimension of nature, which you will not have witnessed before. Leave the concrete jungle behind, and indulge in the cold, icy, and white visuals. You will also come across penguins, the cute little inhabitants of this side of the plant.
However, note that Antarctica does not have any hotels. You can get accommodation only in the form of expedition ships. Your tour operator may also include a one-night stay in Argentina, Chile, New Zealand or Tasmania.
People have been searching for the fountain of youth since time immemorial. Well, you can find it in the form of not a fountain, but a sea- the Dead Sea to be precise. Rich in calcium, magnesium, and potassium, the Dead Sea will lend a younger look and feel to your skin, besides, of course, benefitting your other organs too.
Food is yet another major draw- in Israel. You can enjoy a blend of Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and European Jewish influences in the food items. If you swear by falafel, hummus, shakshuka, Israel will have plenty of gastronomic delights for you! In terms of accommodation, you can find both- prestigious urban hotels as well as beach resorts with leisurely vibes and Mediterranean views. Most travelers choose to stay in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or split their stay between the two.
When it comes to the rejuvenation of your mind, body, and soul by traveling far and wide, one cannot overlook the role of wine. Over the last decade, several wineries all around the globe are now offering exquisite tasting rooms with picturesque views of the vineyard, along with wine tasting dinners. You can go for tours of the vineyards and cellars, without being confining wine to being just a complement to a meal.
Some of the popular wine-tasting destinations across the globe include Napa and Sonoma counties in California and Bordeaux and Burgundy in France. In recent times, certain areas around the States, South Africa, Canada, and Australia have also emerged to be sought-after wine tasting destinations. So, without giving it any second thoughts, experience the delight of lingering over a glass of Stella Rosa Black, while the sun takes a dip below the rolling hills of the vineyards. Can there be a better way to unwind after a copious dose of sightseeing? We doubt!