Vacations can take various forms. While some people prefer action-packed, adrenaline-filled trips away, others like to just set up base on a sun lounger and read a book in the sun for a fortnight. There is no right or wrong way to spend your time away; it’s all down to individual preference.
If you are interested in an international relaxing vacation, you may be interested to hear about some of the best options available. A travel forum user recently asked the question about where would be best to go for a vacation that fits this description, and here are the 12 best responses.
1. Grace Bay, Turks, and Caicos Islands
One person suggested Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands, which is just south of the Bahamas. They said: “There is very little to do but doze on the beach and swim in the beautiful water—soooo relaxing.”
Southeast Asia as a travel destination is most commonly associated with Thailand and Vietnam. However, if you want to relax, then Laos is the winner. One user said: “After the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and Vietnam, it was just a lovely escape.”
Although Japan doesn’t fit into the description of “relaxing” in terms of beach vibes and sunshine, it is a very clean, quiet, and safe country. One user said: “It has good food and lots of gardens that will help you relax without worrying about safety.”
One person suggested the Spanish City of Seville, which is far more relaxing than places like Madrid and Barcelona. They said: “It was the most relaxing place I’ve ever traveled that wasn’t directly on a beach. I didn’t even know it was possible to feel so relaxed in an urban environment.”
5. Puerto Vallarta
Mexico was a popular suggestion, with one user honing on Puerto Vallarta. They said: “It’s the perfect place to relax if you like hot weather and beautiful beaches.”
6. La Paz
La Paz was another Mexican spot that was suggested by several users. One of them said: “La Paz has beautiful tranquil swimmable beaches and is less crowded than Los Cabos. Depending on the month, you can swim with whale sharks and seals.
7. St. Croix
St. Croix, an island in the Caribbean Sea, was put forward by one Redditor. They said: “It’s a beautiful protected island, extremely friendly population, perfect weather, and you don’t even need a passport if you’re American.”
8. Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi coast in Italy was another popular suggestion. One person said: “So beautiful, so relaxing. The slow pace of life, lots of history, gorgeous seas. Never a dull moment as there’s so much to see and do.”
Australia is one of the most commonly visited countries for tourists. Explaining why it’s a good pick for a relaxing vacation, one Redditor said: “Very easy to get around, public transport was a breeze, no language barrier to worry about, and people were very kind and helpful.”
10. Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands is another Caribbean option that was put forward. One user said: I really enjoyed the Cayman Islands. It’s very laid back, and I don’t think they have the amount of crime some of the other islands do.”
Santorini, which is a scenic island near Greece, is a trendy tourist destination for European travelers who don’t want a long trip to the Caribbean. One user explained why they love it: “The beaches are many and varied. The vibe is chill. Drop everything and watch the sunset EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.”
The final destination to make the list is Aruba. One Redditor said: “I’m 28, went on a solo trip last year, and it’s calm, quiet and relaxing. All the beaches are beautiful and have everything you need. Is there anywhere in particular that you would like to add to this list of relaxing vacation destinations? If so, let us know in the comments.
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