Traveling is an opportunity to break from routine, unwind, and make memories that will last a lifetime. But, let's be honest, how many of us actually come back feeling well-rested? Between ticking off all the top attractions on Tripadvisor and hunting down the best local eats, we often forget to take a breather.
So, if you're tired of coming back from your travels feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation, don’t stress! We’re here to help you understand how to get active rest while traveling so that your trip is enjoyable and rejuvenating too.
Active rest vs. passive rest
Though it may sound counterintuitive, there are ways to rest, recharge, and be active at the same time.
When you do an activity that engages the body and/or mind and is outside of daily obligations like work and family duties, you are performing active rest. These activities may involve exploring your curiosity, indulging your interests, broadening your mind, and fueling inspiration.
The opposite of active rest is passive rest. Napping, meditating, and taking a warm bath are a few examples. Unlike active rest, passive rest involves minimal physical effort or activity.
What does active rest look like while traveling?
Well, that depends—active rest looks different for everyone. While one person might find hiking to be restorative, another might find it simply exhausting. So, when considering ways to get active rest while traveling, it’s useful to first consider what type of traveler you are.
- Going for a nature walk
- Renting a bicycle or scooter
- Kayaking or canoeing
- Taking a cooking class
- Visiting a local market
- Taking a food tour
- Going to see live music or a show
- Strolling through a quiet museum
- Agrotourism, or visiting local producers
- Going for a swim
- Taking a scenic cruise, bus, or train ride
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