Daily stress can take a toll on your mind and body, and we’re all thinking of our next relaxing vacation now more than ever. A relaxing vacation can not only relax you, but it can also cleanse your thoughts, leaving you feeling completely renewed when it’s time to return to the real world. Isn’t that the whole point of vacationing in the first place?
No matter where you go in the world, you’ll find a place dedicated to your personal peace. And you don’t have to settle for lounging on a beach, though there are plenty of relaxing beaches to visit on your way to and from. Relaxation can take many forms, from enthralling waterfalls in Costa Rica to magnificent fjords in Norway to charming villages in France.
Take a look at some of these beautiful locations — consider it a virtual getaway until you can plan your next relaxing vacation.
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Banff National Park is full of breathtaking scenery and crystal-clear lakes, but Lake Louise may be the best (and most relaxing) of them all. Campers and hikers alike can relax by its perfectly blue waters and gaze at mountain views that appear almost too perfect to be real — fortunately, they are. And it’s quite possibly the ideal relaxing vacation for outdoor enthusiasts.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Look no further if you want to swim in calm blue and green waters. Halong Bay is most popular among boaters who want to spend a few days on the water or exploring the limestone islands and rainforests. The area is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is home to dozens of plant and animal species.
Ise Jingu, Japan
The beauty of Ise Jingu, a grand Shinto shrine dedicated to the Japanese goddess Amaterasu, cannot be described in words. Despite being a well-known tourist destination, the shrine complex manages to maintain its tranquillity. It is considered one of the holiest places in and many people visit to admire its beautiful architecture, natural scenery, and historical significance.
Lumahai Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
In Hawaii, there are dozens of beautiful beaches, but Lumahai is particularly special for travelers looking to get away from it all. This is ideal for sunbathing or catching waves for experienced surfers. However, swimming is not recommended due to the strong undertow.
Seven Sisters, East Sussex, England
East Sussex is an Anglophile’s dream. Seven Sisters is the quintessential English countryside that you’ve only ever read about in a Victorian novel, with rolling green hills and a close proximity to the English Channel. If you decide to go for a walk, you’ll also come across some beautiful white chalk cliffs.
While visiting this well-known French region, immerse yourself in the stunning vineyards and breathtaking views of the Alps. But it’s not all about the wine. Provence is famous for its diversity, with olive groves, pine forests, lavender fields, and grapes. Nice, Marseille, the French Riviera, and Avignon are all popular destinations for visitors to the region.
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Get your Instagram followers ready, because if you go to, they’re going to see a lot of sunset photos. Aside from the relaxed coastal living that visitors have come to expect from a trip to Bali, photographing the colorful sunset (or sunrise) along the shallow waters of Sanur is a must.
Whiteheaven Beach, Australia
It’s easy to see why Whitehaven is regarded as one of Australia’s best beaches. For travelers looking for some R&R, the pure white, silica sand and emerald waters make this place almost too good to be true. Traveling north to Hill Inlet, you’ll notice a mesmerizing swirl of white and blue created by shifting sands and water.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Blue Lagoon is by far the most popular tourist attraction on the island. This geothermal spa is located in a lava field and is connected to a, allowing you to soak in the warm waters even when it is freezing outside. On clear nights during certain seasons, you can even see the northern lights while soaking.
Rio Celeste Falls, Costa Rica
Rio Celeste, located in Tenorio Volcano National Park, is known for its vivid blue color, which is unlike any other waterfall in the world. The bright coloring is caused by volcanic chemicals in the water, but it looks almost magical against the tropical backdrop and rushing waves.