The Best Places to Relax Around the World

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The Best Places to Relax Around the World

After a week of relaxing in Puerto Rico, I’ll admit that going back to work this past Monday was difficult. It’s a busy time to be a teacher, so in a week, I have gone from feeling very relaxed to extremely overwhelmed. While, I’m grateful for the time I spent in Puerto Rico, my mind can’t help but wander to what I consider the best places to relax around the world.

Puerto Rican sunshine

This week’s #FriFotos theme just happened to be relax, and since it was already on my mind, putting together this group of photos was a therapy in itself. What I realized while putting it together was that no matter where I am around the world, the places I feel most relaxed tend to be near water. It doesn’t always have to be beach side, but near any body of water is where I tend to feel happiest and put at ease.

I hope you feel just as relaxed as I do after looking through these photos!

Botswana’s Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta, Botswana

This place may not initially seem relaxing, since bush camping is a requirement, but there was something about being in the middle of nowhere, completely immersed in nature, that put any worries or anxieties at ease. As soon as we sat in the mokoros, the boats we rode in, I immediately felt my body relax as we floated along the river. Far away from every day life and technology, with only a small bag with enough belongings for just two days, life felt simple. I don’t remember a time I have ever felt that happy.

Miami’s South Beach
South Beach

South Beach is not a destination that’s synonymous with relaxation, but the beach cabana I had on my birthday at The James Royal Palm was a little slice of heaven. With drinks and food delivered right to me all day, I was able to soak up the sun, rest in the shade, and enjoy every hour of my birthday. The sounds of the waves crashing on the shore set the perfect soundtrack for the day.

Aruba’s Eagle Beach
Eagle Beach, Aruba

I’ll never forget my first sunset at Eagle Beach in Aruba because it was one of the first views I laid my eyes on while on the tropical island. After a relatively crazy year, my friend, Diana, and I headed there for complete relaxation, and the moment we set foot on the beach and saw this, we completely destressed. For the rest of the week, we enjoyed the beautiful views Aruba has to offer and did absolutely nothing.

Vietnam’s Nha Trang
Nha Trang, Vietnam

Vietnam is a country known for being overwhelming; it’s a circus for the senses. After a few days in Ho Chi Minh City, my friends and I headed north for the city of Nha Trang. Now, Nha Trang isn’t entirely relaxing and has much to see and do, but we spent our days soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beach. It was the perfect contrast to HCMC’s lively atmosphere.

Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

After a long flight from New York to South Africa and another flight to get to Victoria Falls, I was tired and in need of relaxation. I knew my time was limited, so I put down my bags and headed straight for the Falls, with just the hope of seeing the sight I long dreamed of. Yet, just the sound as I neared them immediately relaxed my travel weary body and the first sight took my breath away. I wound up spending hours walking around the park, soaking in the beauty surrounding me. Even though I was alone, it was one of the best moments I’ve ever had while traveling.

The island of Cres in Croatia

My grandfather left Croatia when he was eighteen, but much of his family still lives there. In 2006, I had the opportunity to explore the island he grew up on and stay in the house he was born in. It was one of the greatest travel experiences I have ever had just because of the family history I was able to learn. But, what made it even better was that it was the most relaxing place on earth. There was no technology, a wine truck delivered wine a few days a week, and we were a walk away from the pebble-covered beach. Each morning, we’d wake up early, eat breakfast, and walk to the Adriatic Sea to swim. Then, we’d have lunch at the house, take a long afternoon nap, and spend the evenings exploring the other towns in the area. We ate delicious food, slept perfectly, and felt completely relaxed. When a stress-free place comes to mind, my memories immediately float to Croatia.

These may not be the typical choices for people when they think of the best places to relax, but for me, they did just that. Just put me near the water, and instantly my worries tend to slip away.

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Comments (11)

  1. Jen @ LadyRelocated

    What a roundup – you’ve really been all over the world. I hope to visit Croatia this summer and I’ve never been to any of the others you listed either. So much to see!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! I’ve been very lucky to see so much already. 🙂 You’ll love Croatia! I also highly recommend Botswana – amazing!

  2. Stef

    I want to be in one of those places right now 🙂 They all look like great places to escape from daily routine and enjoy some quiet. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    The Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls are high on my list!

  4. Ryan

    Amazing spots to relax!!! I haven’t been to any of these places yet but they look stellar =) I just did a post exactly like this haha! Hopefully I’ll be making it to Croatia next month while in Europe =)

  5. Traveling Ted

    I definitely would not throw Toronto on this list although it is near water, I think. Drinking all day and all night and a murderous seminar schedule with tons of PR people to meet.

    Okavango Delta would be the place I would most like to relax at on this list. Nha Trang is the only place on this list I have been. My couple of days in NT were quite similar to my time in Toronto, so I did not find it all that relaxing, but it was fun and beautiful.

  6. Aggy

    Some great places, especially Croatia. Would love to go there one day, you’re so lucky to have family there!

  7. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    Nice! I know what you mean about feeling relaxed in the middle of nowhere in Africa. That’s kind of how I felt in Tanzania and – you’re right – it’s because everything is just so simple.

  8. Lance | Trips By Lance

    I’ve only been to South Beach on this list. I actually think it is a very relaxing place. Out of all of your selections I think Victoria Falls would be the most relaxing for me. Relaxation comes in all forms for everyone. For me it would be sitting on a patio with a beer and not a care in the world.

  9. Craig Zabransky

    when will you write a list / top post about something and not include the Botswana’s Okavango Delta… I doubt it will ever happen.Stay true to your heart, Craig

  10. Valerie

    All of these places sounds and look amazing! Vietnam’s Nha Trang and Miami Beach are definitely relaxing, sea side.

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