It goes without saying that getting away on holiday is something that we all look forward to for a large part of the year and going overseas has that added X-factor that makes a break all the more special. For a large number of us these are synonymous with heading to sunnier climes, but wherever you choose to go and whatever time of year, there are some basic facts that will always make an overseas holiday a treat that can be enjoyed all the way from planning, to experiencing, to reminiscing, and of course gloating (that’s really what iPhones and Facebook are for anyway, right?)
1) Work stays at the airport … Never underestimate the power of just changing your physical space when it comes to relieving stress and worries. Moving from an environment associated with life’s trials and tribulations to one that has absolutely nothing to do with them whatsoever can work wonders for letting the weight of the world fall off your shoulders. Where a few days at home can leave you with the temptation to check those pesky emails, somehow it seems altogether more absurd to think about logging on to whatever mobile device acts as your adult umbilical cord when you are thousands of miles away. So hop on board that plane and fly, fly, fly away … at least for a few days!
Best place to relax: Londa Hotel in Cyprus; it’s close to the Troodos Mountains and perfect for walks and cycling.
2) The calories don’t count … Food is high on our list of priorities when we go away, in fact hotel breakfasts are always one of the key attractions. Whether it’s because you are trying something you wouldn’t normally have at home (go on, be daring), because someone else is doing the cooking (and the washing up), or because the options are more variable than beans on toast or an indiscernible pasta dish (although your culinary skills may be better than ours), the food on holiday adds another dimension to the experience and as such is there to be enjoyed. This is not the place for worrying or diets, so it’s a jolly good thing that the calories just don’t count once you have jetted away from the airport – at least that’s what we were told!
Best place to indulge: Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort in Mauritius – in addition to the location and luxury, we would go there just for the food!
3) Daydreaming is acceptable … We know that you do this at work but we also know you’re not supposed to admit to it, so we won’t put too fine a point on the matter. When you go on holiday however, it’s a daydreaming free-for-all. Whether you are disappearing into your favourite book or simply falling asleep to the sound of the sea with visions of setting up your own B&B on the Italian coast or writing your debut novel, holidays are the place you can imagine to your heart’s content. This part of the world at least is the stage, and for now, you’re giving Shakespeare himself a run for his money.
Best place to dream: Borgo Egnazia in Italy – if it’s good enough for Justin Timberlake to get married there, then it’s good enough for us!
La Manga Club
4) You become an adventurer … Perhaps as an extension of the daydreaming point, holidays are the place where you can find yourself willing and wanting to do things that you would never dream of at home. This is presumably the reason why people go bungee jumping, get tattoos of their best friend’s third cousin’s dog, or marry waterskiing instructors who have the bodies of deities and don’t speak their new spouse’s language; it’s the stuff that slightly inebriated dreams are made of. Nonetheless, with activities such as water skiing, wakeboarding, hot air ballooning, jet skiing, mountain biking, kayaking (you get the picture) readily available at many overseas resorts, along with the carefree abandon of someone who has just left their worries at the airport (please see point 1), what better way to have a mini adventure without the risk of any permanent injury and all the promise of a wealth of good memories?
Best place to break the mould: La Manga Club in Spain because there’s just so much to do!
5) Everything is better in the sunshine … Particularly for those of us who are from a somewhat chilly island, it is important to stock up on Vitamin D. It helps ward off Seasonal Affected Disorder, it means you don’t have to fill your bags with extra jumpers, it means no one’s going to get hypothermia by dipping their toes into the outdoor pool, it … oh who cares about the details, for whatever reason, the sunshine makes us smile, and that’s exactly what holidays are all about – smiling … just because!
Best place to make you smile: The BodyHoliday, St Lucia … if this doesn’t make you smile then nothing will!
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