My partner and I tend to be quite adventurous travelers, and we love to explore new destinations and to take more active vacations when we can. With that said, we also know that it’s important to unwind every once in a while, so we do love a relaxing, beach side vacation as well.
Here are just a few of our favorite relaxing vacation ideas.
Eight Relaxing Couple Vacations That Aren’t a Resort
1. Road trips
While road trips might seem like a more active choice for vacationing it doesn’t have to be. With the right mindset, road tripping can be a great way to connect with your partner while having a much needed refresh. One of the best things about going on a road trip is that you don’t have to tie yourself down to any particular plans. As long as you’ve got a car with fuel in it, you can go anywhere you’d like.
- Head off on a cruise
Most cruises are super relaxing (as long as you don’t head off on an adventure cruise!), and there are also lots of different cruise types on offer. For example, you could go on a wildlife cruise, get up close and personal with the glaciers or take a food cruise where you eat local delicacies and dishes on the water. Sit back and relax on a couples cruise; it will allow you to look at your relationship from a fresh perspective while seeing the world from a unique angle. Cruising can feel a lot like a resort while still allowing you to take in multiple beautiful destinations.
3. Take in the springs and national parks
Visiting some of the hot springs and national parks that the States have to offer can be a great way to get back in touch with nature and to get up close and personal with the company’s flora and fauna. In particular, we’ve got some great memories from our visit to the Florida Springs, and in fact we’ve been thinking about a return visit. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
4. Yoga retreats
Yoga retreats are a great way to get back in touch with nature, yourself, and the place that you occupy in the circle of life. At the same time, yoga is good for the body and so you’ll come back in better shape than you left (which can’t be said for a foodcation), and we’ve never seen a yoga retreat that isn’t surrounded by life and love. You can see some of the most beautiful places in the world just by going on yoga retreats.
5. Track your heritage
I haven’t seen too many people talk about this one, but my partner and I think it’s a great idea and we’re hoping to do it ourselves at some point in the near future. The idea is to take an ancestry test through a company like 23andMe and then to visit some of the areas that are represented to visit the countries that have influenced the people that you’ve become.
6. Go travelling in Europe
A lot of people have the incorrect idea that travelling through Europe is prohibitively expensive, but the truth is that it’s pretty reasonable, especially if you plan out where you’re going to go in advance. You can take advantage of early bird discounts (especially on flights) and other opportunities that are only available to those who book early, and you also get the peace of mind that comes from knowing everything is booked and sorted.
7. Take a gastro vacation
If you love food (and who doesn’t) then why not spend some time taking a gastronomic vacation to sample some of the culinary delights that the world has to offer? You can even pick a destination based entirely on their food and if you have specific dietary requirements such as if you’re vegan or gluten-free, you’re sure to be able to plan with that in mind!
8. Visit family
Having family scattered around the world is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it means you might not get to see them as often as you’d like, but on the other it means you have a good excuse to go and visit and to combine it with a vacation to kill two birds with one stone. Although I’ll admit that how relaxing you find this will depend entirely on what your family dynamics are like! If you have kids- maybe leave them with their grandparents for one or two nights and book a hotel within driving distance to take advantage of the privacy and some pampering.
These are just a few of the more relaxing destinations that my partner and I enjoy. This barely scratches the surface of refreshing vacations to take as a couple. The important thing is to spend some time together, and going on a relaxing getaway can be just what you need to carve out some alone time.