I took this photo while placing my toes against the roaring wood fire. * There was a glass of red wine nearby and I was about to press play on the DVD. I had just eaten a huge Welsh Oggy and then some homemade toffee cupcakes from a local bakery. We ate on the verandah overlooking the Welsh valleys and watched the sun set over the hills.
(*I know it’s summer, but if you have a wood burner, you should light it!)
George was asleep upstairs and Sam was almost falling asleep next to me. Finally, I sat back and relaxed.
I travel a lot and I’m always busy when I’m traveling. I like to see and do as much as possible, so I end up rushing to check things off my list. One thing I never do is relax.
Last week I was staying in this huge villa in Llangollen using Villas.com.
It’s not far from my home, but far enough and remote enough to feel like a million miles away. It’s finally time to relax. We’ve found the perfect recipe for your relaxing vacation.
Start by travelling somewhere that isn’t too far from home
We all love traveling to far-flung, exotic locations, but the cost, flights, and extra time involved can all add to the stress. Keep it nice and simple and opt for a staycation.
Opt for a tranquil location with plenty to do
“There’s so much to do” may not sound very relaxing, but there’s nothing more stressful than being stuck and bored on vacation. Look for a place with enough activities to keep everyone entertained so you don’t drive each other over the wall. While you may not choose any of these activities, it’s always good to have a backup plan!
Add a roomy villa or apartment big enough room for everyone
Villas are much more relaxing than hotels because you have plenty of space to feel at home. Villas with log burners offer even more cozy relaxation.
Head into the nearest town to stock up on supplies
We’re talking beer, wine, and tasty treats. Llangollen is great as there are lots of bakeries and local grocery stores selling pies and cakes.
Leave your laptop at home
You can’t really relax if you know you’re only going to work for 30 minutes. It’s definitely not 30 minutes, right? However, it’s the 21st century, so bring your smartphone.
Ignore the clock
If you are tired, ignore the time and go to sleep. Get up when you wake up and eat when you’re hungry.
Do this more often!
We asked ourselves this question as we left our holiday home and drove away from our perfect location in the Welsh valleys. ‘Why don’t we do this more often!?’
We vowed to take more mini breaks and take last minute trips closer to home. Book a villa, load up your car and leave all your worries at home, even if it’s just for a long weekend.
What do you think are the best ingredients for a relaxing vacation?