• 27 February 2021

Sometimes you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. You don’t want to feel even more tired after a busy vacation than you were before you left so it calls for a holiday filled with relaxation!  We’ve put together a list of the very best relaxing vacation ideas, including the best places to go and some of the amazing things you can enjoy there.

Take a look at our choices for seven of the most relaxing trips to take.

1. South Africa

Picture a getaway to one of the most idyllic places in the world. It’s the home to incredible landscapes, gorgeous beaches and an endless collection of natural wonders to experience. It’s one of the best relaxing holiday destinations in the world.

A firm favourite for locals and visitors alike is a trip to one of South Africa’s gorgeous national parks. You can choose to sit back and relax in a luxury resort or get into the spirit of things with a cosy cabin. You could spend all day relaxing by the pool or head out into the park to discover some of South Africa’s fantastic wildlife. The feeling of tranquillity cannot be missed!

Enjoy the incredible wildlife sightings in South Africa.

South Africa has incredible nature parks across the country, from the giant Kruger National Park to the private Mabula Lodge. You can gaze at the stars or even hop in a hot air balloon to take in the view as dusk settles over SA.

Get a taste of South Africa on this 8-day tour!

2. The USA

Every now and then, you just need a good road trip, and what better place than the USA? There are so many options for relaxing vacations in the US. It has it all – whether you’re looking for a beachside getaway or something with a bit of pizzaz like a trip to Las Vegas.

Travel along the East Coast and see dazzling cities like New York, Quebec and Boston. Take time to slow down and explore quaint New England towns. Travel west across the country in search of more relaxation! For the most part, the USA’s west coast is free of many big cities. Instead, you’ll find yourself breathing a little easier as you embrace the charm of America’s small towns. You’ll also find some truly amazing views in this corner of the US. Deserts create the perfect blend with beautiful parks like the Yosemite National Park, where ancient trees seem to whisper in the wind.

Yosemite National Park, USA
Take in the views in America’s stunning national parks.

The mesmerizing west coast also happens to be home to the Grand Canyon, one of the most peaceful places in the world. Drink it all in as you explore the rugged and sun-kissed west coast.

3. France

Is there anywhere you’d rather sit back, relax and enjoy the day than in France? While Paris has plenty of things to do it is one place it’s definitely a good idea to enjoy a slower pace so you can truly soak it all in.

Stroll through this historic city as you take in the sights including must-sees like the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll be in awe of its glowing lights. Enjoy a walk through the Latin Quarter, where you can take in the truly special atmosphere.

Champagne Vineyards in France - tour to france - expat explore
Relax in the French countryside.

For a taste of the French countryside, the Loire Valley awaits. Castles adorn the hillside and the smell of grapes ripening is oh-so-sweet. You’ll feel your troubles melt away like snow on the grass.

Check out one of our relaxing holidays across Europe!

4. Brazil

While much of South America is known to be full of activity, there are also some fantastic options for those peaceful holidays.

Visit the incredible city of Sao Paulo in Brazil. You can enjoy getting lost in the many museums or take a stroll in the city’s largest green space. Enjoy the view of its lake, take a bicycle ride or even visit one of the park’s own museums.

Explore Sao Paolo at your own pace.

If you’re an art-lover, enjoy a walk around the incredible Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo art museum. There you will find a top-notch collection of Brazilian art that tells the story of the country and its cultural changes. For more of a chance to explore this storied city and its street art, take a stroll through Vila Madalena – a bohemian neighbourhood full of life and colour to get lost in.

5. Ukraine

For any history lovers looking for quiet vacation spots, Eastern Europe has so much to offer. Kyiv, also known as Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, is quite the holiday destination! Take a stroll along the city streets as you discover the culture, history and feel of this incredible city.

Absorb the unique culture of Ukraine!

From the bustling main street to the amazing creative street, there’s so much to experience. Kyiv’s gorgeous parks also make for a relaxing afternoon where you can enjoy a picnic and take in the world around you.

Discover some fantastic cities in Eastern Europe on our tour

6. Caucasus Region

This idyllic spot between the Caspian and the Black Sea is perfect for a peaceful holiday. One of the many destinations in the Caucasus region is the quaint spa town of Dilijan in Armenia. Discover the natural wonders of the Dilijan National Park, which is full of greenery and lies in the Argstev Gorge. The beautiful countries of the Caucasus region, such as Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, have so many beautiful and unique landscapes to explore.

Sighnaghi (Signagi) is a georgian town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti.
Sighnaghi (Signagi) is a Georgian town in the easternmost region of Kakheti.

Then, travel to Lake Sevan and its nearby monastery, a true picture of peace. This gorgeous spot will definitely take your breath away. You won’t want to miss out on a visit to the capital city of Yerevan. It is home to the Yerevan Cascade, a giant staircase made of limestone. This chalky monument makes for quite the sight and you won’t forget it any time soon.

7. Russia

Sergiev Posad is not to be missed on a trip to Russia, especially if it’s peace you’re looking for. This beautiful city is famous for its monastery with powder-blue domes. Take a stroll through this storied city that makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time. Russia has an endless list of cities and sights you can’t miss!

Hop on a boat and visit Kizhi, a beautiful island on Lake Onega. Visit the open-air museum of wooden buildings as well as the stunning cathedral. With its history, architecture and dreamy landscape, it’s one of the most relaxing vacation destinations.

Cathedral of Christ Savior, Moscow, Russia
Russia is filled with beautiful destinations to relax in.

Related: See amazing Russian destinations on a Northern Explorer guided tour.


Did this Expat Explore list help offer some inspiration on finding yourself the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday? Then it’s time to start planning your next trip! Pick the perfect destination that will let you slow down and get ready for the ultimate relaxing vacation!

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