Is it better to take relaxed or adventurous holidays?

Days are starting to get longer, and we are slowly coming to very hot weather. And I know that you will start thinking to the prospect of taking time off. A quick trip to a seaside town or a week of adventure to Croatia is always a good idea.

If you’re yet to book a break this year, have you considered coming to Croatia? The island of Vis?

Anyhow, whatevery you want to do, are you the one wanting to plan every second of your escape or are you keeping it casual?

Some people prefer to have their entire itinerary planned out down to the minute. From the moment the plane lands they’re hitting each item with pinpoint accuracy. Two hours in the art museum – no less, no more! Others prefer to take it easy, just turning up with a vague idea of what to do, going wherever their impulses take them.

The notion of a holiday trip means different things to different people. Is there a definitive best way to do them?

To chill or to fill the days?

According to a study comparing holiday preferences throughout 17 different countries, just under two thirds of people prefer a trip where they can “relax and take it easy”. In contrast, the other third prefer an active holiday where they do lots of things, with the remainder having no preference.

There was no difference in preferences between the genders, but age definitely does play a part. Teenagers are the most likely to want active trips, with a steady trend towards older folk preferring the relaxed style of travel. There’s then a slight reversal with more 60+ respondents liking to get active again.

Hardly a massive surprise; those of working age want to relax during their precious time off from work, and those with more spare time (kids and retired folks) like to liven things up a little.

There’s an interesting split between countries. Spain, France and Italy have a higher proportion of adventure-seeking folk than others, while Japan and South Korea have the higher propensity to chill while away.

You could infer something about the working cultures of each – I’m thinking siestas and lazing in the sunshine contrasted with high-tech economies and workers sleeping under their desks. I’m sure there’s a less stereotypical, more scientifically rigorous way of explaining the differences, though.

Wherever you’re from, it seems there’s no definite answer. But we can be a bit more conscious about how we do things on holiday.

Move around or just sit down?

A study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health investigated whether or not physical activity affected the wellbeing of tourists visiting the Austrian Alps. It found that compared to a sedentary holiday, people’s reported wellbeing was indeed higher after taking part in physical activity outdoors.

It’s hard to fully control the outcomes of experiments like this as ‘wellbeing’ means different things to different people. Also, this particular study didn’t look at the circumstances people were coming from – ie. if they were in a stressful job, or peacefully retired.

The study found that all holidays improved wellbeing, but the ones with physical exercise improved it more. Getting out there into the Alpine countryside should lift anyone’s mood, but getting the blood pumping seems to have a more profound effect.

The power of Active Rest

But when we do find time to rest, are we resting properly?

We talk about returning to work ‘rejuvenated’ and ready to get back into things after a nice holiday, but we don’t often consider what this actually entails.

Dr. Matthew Edlund suggests redefining our understanding of rest. Writing in his book The Power of Rest, he splits it into four core types:

Mental rest means focusing intelligently on your environment in a way that’s rejuvenating. Techniques of mental rest give you the ability to obtain calm and relaxed concentration quickly and effectively and to become relaxed and focused anytime and anywhere. Mental rest allows for greater concentration, awareness, and achievement.

Social rest means using the power of social connectedness to relax and rejuvenate.

Spiritual rest is the practice of connecting with things larger and greater than ourselves, which provides fellowship and meaning in life-factors people hunger for like food.

Physical rest, by focusing your body and its simplest physiological processes, provokes calm, relaxation, mental alertness, and surprisingly better health.

These are the principles of active rest, and are clearly more than just sitting around doing nothing.

If we plan our trips away to cover as much of these as possible, it should improve our chances of coming back in tip-top condition.

Mindset and life circumstances can affect how we travel. If you’re confident you’ll have the means to travel again in future, you might not be so desperate to see the sights all in one go; but if you’ve been saving for a while to afford the trip of a lifetime, you’re going to want to seize every moment of it without stopping to rest.

Taking a family on a holiday brings a whole different set of challenges. With kids in tow, you’re going to have to think tactically about what to do. Can one parent take a day away to chill at the spa? Is it worth paying a bit more for childcare for some of your trip? I’m sure some many parents have come up with creative solutions to ensure everyone has a good time.

Whatever your circumstances, there’s opportunity to both have a good time and come back in peak condition. You could fit in time to laze around on a beach, hike around a forest, have some drinks, dance the night away, and see some sights.

One thing’s for sure – if you have the chance to go on holiday, do it. Just make sure you know what you’re getting yourself in for.

Why should everyone take a summer vacation?

Thinking of you summer vacation? If yes, all good, if no, well, start thinking!

I know, I get it. You are busy. You work a lot. You spend time with your family. And this times right now doesn’t always leave time for travel.

But, believe me, there is always time to travel if you commit to making it priority. Also, when is a better time to travel than in Summer?

Summer is reminiscent of fun in the sun; kids are out of school and it’s this halfway through the year that you really are in need of a few days off.

Think about:

  • Relieving stress:

Look all of us need a short break from our responsibilities at work or school. Summer is the perfect time of the year to take a relaxing vacation and reset your batteries. Whether you’re eyeing a beach getaway or your favorite national park, a summer vacation is a great reason to read a good book, relax your mind and take a well-deserved break.

  • Boost creativity:

New settings and new experiences often lead to new perspectives. So, it’s no surprise that we often come up with our best ideas away from the office. Summer vacations are the perfect way to inject some creative thinking in your life at a time when you may be feeling stretched thin.

  • Be more productive:

After resetting during your summer vacation, you are more likely to feel ready to tackle your work day. Short vacations often lead to increased productivity when you get back to school or your workplace because of lower stress levels, increased creativity, new perspectives, etc.

  • Spend time with family:

Students are out of school, parents are ready for a break, the weather is begging you to spend time together outdoors – summer vacations are the perfect time for family bonding. Spending time with your friends and family is a huge reason why you should be taking a summer vacation.

  • Get outdoors:

Summer time is a time for fun in the sun. Whether you prefer relaxing on a beach, hiking in the wilderness or any other outdoor activity, summer vacations are the perfect time of the year to enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer.

So take time out of your busy schedule and go on that summer vacation. You most certainly deserve it! But before you do on that summer adventure, browse our selection today for your very own travel notebook!

Why Activity during the Holidays matters and how you can be happy doing it?

We all need more time spent together and more activity in our lifestyles in general. 60 minutes routine daily will bring you to a lifetime of good health. It not only means time well spent but it is also time away from work, daily tasks and away from the television and all the things that consume your free time. Of course, it is hard to resist the glow of the TV screens, but time for the physical activity really matters.

You know that having active lifestyle will help you on a long-term basis and the physical and mental health will improve with just a small daily active task, but many of us are not physically active at all. Routines just swallow us down during the normal working days. So taking the time to do some activity at least during the holidays will help you with so many things when going back to work and going back to the normal daily life.

Here are twelve practical answers of why it would be best to spend at least a week yearly having active holidays.

1.       You will see places from a new perspective – just imagine looking at the Green cave on RavnikIsland next ToRukavac not from the boat but with your own mask, snorkel and fins. Or climbing up the Hum Mountain and having breath-taking views for the sunset.

2.       Your will reinvigorate and remember, you do not need to be an experienced mountain biker to enjoy the world and experience its health benefits at the same time.

3.       You will not be panicking of what you will dress for dinner, as your meals will be usually with a relaxed atmosphere.

4.       You will plan your active holiday in advance and nothing will surprise you. You will have enough time for not having the reason to skip the activity.

5.       You will never work out on an empty stomach or starved, as on the holidays they will mostly cook for you. Remember, your body “craves” sugar mostly when it is hungry.

6.        You will be able to decide what activity suites you best and start doing it with a smile on your face.

7.       Most of the activities are done earlier in the day, so they will have the effect through the rest of the day. Your metabolism will thank you for the workout (even if just a walk around the village watching the sunset). (Let’s not forget, going for a sunrise yoga on the rocks looking over the open sea on the Vis Island will increase your metabolism for the rest of the day.)

8.       Doing some activities during the day will mean burning the calories also at rest, let say while reading the book under the pine trees and enjoying the glass of well-deserved wine in the afternoon.

9.       You will experience something new and the choice of activities is only limited to your imagination – new excitement and mystery will be on its way. Incredible experiences will motivate you to go and to something more. You will be amazed of how wonderful you will feel inspiring those of you around you. Recalling how you walked to your best sunset place and had an amazing massage afterwards.

10.   The Victorious VIScovery team will bring some excitement to your usual travel experience – what is more, you can always decide any length and level of adventure – it is totally up to you.

11.   You will challenge yourself – you can step out of your comfort zone and decide how far you can really go. Nothing compares to seeing the dolphins just next to your kayak in the bay of Budihovac on Vis Island.

12.   You will make memories. And those will be long lasting memories filled with pride and happiness and a little bit of feeling of achievement.

Why not make the reservation now and let us help you have the best relaxingly active holidays. Send me an email on reservation@viscovery.hr or call me on +385919058410.