Relaxation, Leisure Time and What We Want Out of a Vacation
Designing and planning a holiday or a weekend trip is entirely based on what a person is looking to achieve over that period of time. Everybody views the idea of leisure time in a different manner. Leisure time can be broken down and fragmented into several different categories. In other words, what do you want to do on your trip? It is going to be an athletic and outdoor style trip? Is it going to be a holiday planned around famous art museums, cultural touchstones and history? Or do you plan to spend a quiet and uninterrupted week sprawled on a beach towel in the South of France or the Caribbean? These categories are just the tip of the iceberg. There is spa tourism, eco-tourism and sex tourism. People embark on holidays that are completely centred on paranormal activities, historic murders, famous battlefields and cosmetic surgery procedures. It seems that every touristic niche and subversive sub-niche has been accounted for by the tourist industry. In the end there is only one question that remains to be answered. Is your holiday centred on doing something, whatever that might be, or is it about relaxing and doing nothing?
People view relaxation differently. While someone might think a two-week ski trip to the mighty Swiss Alps is relaxing, another person would call that work. The same is true for footing it around a city and visiting every cultural and historical museum, church and theatre. At that point, many people would say that the holiday has become too much like a strict itinerary or a series of highlights to be crossed off a cultural list.
Relaxation is purely subjective. There are cities around the world that are particularly geared for relaxation. These cities generally view relaxation as a person indulging in little or no strenuous activity. In other words, relaxing cities are often beach communities. From the coast of Maine to Key West, people in America have always flocked to coastal communities to relax and unwind. From Old San Juan to Montego Bay, Jamaica and Bridgetown, Barbados the Caribbean has always been a relaxing playground in which to kick back and let life's worries slip away. Europe has the luxurious and pampered beaches in the Italian and French Riviera, not to mention the Canary Islands, Seychelles and Maldives.
Relaxing cities, however, do not always need to be focused around the beach and water activities. There are small or medium-sized cities around the globe that have a far more relaxing vibe than the hectic and sprawling capitols. In America, cities like Portland, Oregon and San Francisco are easygoing and relaxed. Despite the fact that they are busy, they generate a no worries type of mood. You feel as if you could amble through these cities all day and never have a care in the world.
Travelling is all about priorities. When you plan a trip you typically structure it around an idea. Is it a vacation in which the main focus is relaxing or cultural sightseeing?
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