Going on holiday is about the right balance. We've got to think about rejuvenating ourselves but we've also got to make sure that we are pushing our limits to a certain extent. When we go on holiday we can come back feeling like we need another one. And this means that we've got to straddle the balance between restoration and exploration. But these two different components can result in a very muddled holiday, although it's crucial to have both aspects in place. So with this in mind what can you do to make sure that you have a restorative holiday but also make sure that you broaden your horizons?
Find Somewhere Dense
Any attraction is ripe for exploration but if you are looking for something that is going to challenge yourself in a different way you may want to go for a broader landscape. A country like Jordan is a good example. If you're wondering “what major attractions can I see in Jordan?”, there are plenty, but the great thing about Jordan is that it's such a vast landscape that it can give you that opportunity to go into yourself. There are numerous tourist attractions but there's also that opportunity to soak up the vast landscape. It can seem almost empty especially with numerous deserts but the most important aspect to consider is finding something that can challenge you without it being full of typical tourist destinations. There are plenty of nature reserves and temples as well as monuments and tombs but there are also plenty of seaside resorts. This gives you that opportunity to unwind.
Choose Numerous Destinations
If you are someone that gets bored of relaxing, the idea that there are so many different places to go in the world means that if you choose to hit a bunch of destinations if you stay in one place for a couple of nights and then move on you are able to relax in these places but not get bored with your surroundings. It gives you the opportunity to go at a faster pace so you don't feel stagnant. When you go to various destinations and you stay there for such a short time it forces you to make the most of each place, and while it may not be the best way to get around cheaply, it is the very definition of variety.
Go In A Group
A lot of people feel that when they go on holiday as a group that they have got to stick together. Everybody's got their own ideas for what constitutes a good holiday. And you may want to visit ancient ruins or you may want to stay by the pool for the afternoon. Some people go on holiday for the reason that they are getting away from home but they also have the opportunity to relax and not worry about those problems they normally have. If you go in a group you're not going to agree on everything. So this means you are far better agreeing to disagree and if someone wants to go off by themselves, let them. If one person wants to visit museums and you want to sit around eating pain au chocolat, everybody is happy!
Follow Your Instincts
Finding the balance between respiration and exploration is all about how you feel. When we go on holiday the temptation can be to do as much as humanly possible because we've spent money on it! It can help to book a longer holiday, perhaps 10 days or 14 days instead of the usual 7, but if you feel that you've got to make the most of everything, a little bit of structure helps, but don't beat yourself up if you decide to exclusively relax. As a compromise, if you are going in a group you could pick a destination that has a beach resort. At the very least, you know that you can calm down and relax by the pool if necessary. But the most important thing is to realise just when you need to have a break. It's that temptation to cram as much as humanly possible. It can leave you exhausted but you don't realise it at the time. Instead, if you decide to explore you've got to pay attention to how much it rejuvenates you. When we are doing physically demanding activities like climbing it can be worth it when we reach the summit but if we're too tired one day, we should relax.
It sounds incredibly simple but if you want a holiday that doesn't tire you out you've got to make sure that you get the benefits in every single way. A holiday can push you to your limits but it shouldn't be an exhausting adventure.