After the presents are unwrapped, the cookies are eaten and the last guests have gone back home, it feels like you can finally breathe again. The holidays are magical, yes, but they are almost always stressful and chaotic too. Give yourself a chance to unwind and start fresh by visiting one of our favorite places to relax around the world.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Shed your heavy winter coats and visit Australia this month, where it is currently the middle of summer right now. Let the bright blue water and snowy-white sand on Australia’s Whitsunday Islands melt away your stress. Sip on a fruity cocktail aboard a sailboat, suntan on the sand or try delectable seafood at one of the many local restaurants.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Life is easy in Costa Rica, known for its lush rainforests, striking volcanos and impressive wildlife. For the most relaxing vacation, book your stay at The Springs Resort and Spa in La Fortuna. This luxury resort offers views of the stunning Arenal Volcano from every single guest room. You can feel your worries slip away when wading in one of the natural hot springs pool, surrounded by peaceful waterfalls and greenery. Also, make sure to visit the on-site spa, where you can get amazing massages, facials and more made with natural ingredients like volcano clay and green tea.
Nothing says bliss like the French countryside! Visit Colmar, located in northeastern France, which is a small town known as “Little Venice.” Walk along the river running through the cobbled streets, which is surrounded by colorful houses dating back to the 16thcentury. You can visit the village shops or one of the many museums to learn more about the town. Colmar is also considered the capital of the famous Alsatian Wine Route – try one of the many delicious Alsatian wines, from the refreshingly fruity Sylvaner to the dry, grape-flavored Muscat d’Alsace.
Getting swept away in a good book is one of the most soothing experiences in the world! So, imagine how nice it would feel to join more than a million book lovers from across the country in Jaipur, India for the amazing Jaipur Literature Festival January 23-26. Listen to almost 2,000 speakers (including writers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, entertainers and more) discuss a variety of thought-provoking topics. Don’t forget to visit the book store, where you can shop recommended books, attend book signings and find your next novel to get swept away in.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Located inside the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand is Milford Sound, a captivating area with steep cliffs and deep valleys formed by glaciers. You can see the beautiful landscape via cruise, but one of the most serene experiences is by visiting the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, which is the only floating underwater observatory in New Zealand. Walk down the steps until you are 10 meters below sea level, where you can get a unique view of the colorful sea creatures and natural wildlife.