Overworked, stressed and hopelessly addicted to your technological devices… does this sound like you? Looks like you could really use some R&R (rest and relaxation). Let your hair down as you take a stroll down a secluded beach, read a book against the background of a tranquil mountainside, or take a dip in sparkling blue waters. Sound relaxing? We’d say so! With so many serene places to choose from, there’s no excuse not to take a break and let go of your worries.

Recharge, unwind, detox… whichever you choose to soothe your senses with, we’ve got just the spots for you!

Kauai, Hawaiikawaii

We know what you’re thinking: “Hawaii?? No thanks, I’m not looking for a tourist trap!” Thing again, serenity-seeker. The oldest of the popular Hawaiian Islands and unlike its fellow tourist-magnet sister islands, Kauai boasts with tranquility and natural landscapes – unjostled by the usual hustle and bustle of major tourist destinations. There are only two major highways on this island, so some regions can only be explored on foot. As for the resorts? They stand no taller than a coconut tree! If you’re looking to take a picturesque afternoon stroll along the turquoise waters on of the many quiet beaches, or you’re looking for a resting spot, with an incredible view of natural waterfalls to get your zen on.

Alberta, Canadaalberta-canada

Scenic lakes, blissful waterfalls, and picture-perfect mountainsides. Alberta, Canada is sure to be the place for you to let go of your tensions and get lost in the natural splendor of the landscape. Let your stress melt away in the Rocky Mountain mineral hot springs, or soak in the sites at Moraine Lake, once featured on the Canadian twenty-dollar bill, that boasts with glacier-fed turquoise waters. Grab your camera and walking shoes and get your relaxation on!

Napa Valley, Californianapa-valley

You can’t talk about relaxation without mentioning California’s wine country: Napa Valley. With its lavish vineyards dotted with private cottages and an endless choice of top-tier restaurants and resorts, this California oasis is a retreat into intoxicating luxury. Take a dip in the mineral water pools at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs or check out a performance at the Napa Valley Opera House. Whatever you fancy, there’s no shortage of ways to experience blissful relaxation in Napa Valley.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is known for many things: fishing, a breathtaking natural landscape, and of course a view of the Northern Lights. Whether your idea of relaxing is soothing your dry skin or aching muscles in the mineral-laden waters of the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, or you’re ready for some exhilarating fresh air and a hike across the Elliðaárdalur Valley’s vibrant recreational trails, Reykjavik has a way for you to unwind, no matter what your idea of relaxation is.

Sedona, Arizonasedona-arizona

Soothe your soul with the breathtaking natural sites of the red rock scenery in Sedona, Arizona. From innumerable archaeological heritage sites to a bustling art scene, there’s something to do for every type of R&R you can think of. Once you’re done feasting your eyes on the many natural wonders or hiking/biking through the 300+ miles of trails this place has to offer, turn to Sedona’s growing wine industry and sample some of the vintages of the Verde Valley, pamper yourself at one of the many renowned luxury, natural spas or enjoy a fabulous meal at one of the nationally acclaimed restaurants of downtown Sedona.

Caye Caulker, Belizecaye-caulker-belize

Belize is one of Central America’s largest tourist destinations… and there’s no secret why. Locals here greet you with utmost kindness and friendliness, a tell-tale sign of just how wonderful and relaxing your experience on this island is bound to be. Scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts are in for a treat here, with a long barrier reef available for them to explore. Caye Caulker is a small coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea and is home to the Forest Reserve, a 100-acre home to colorful mangrove trees and an array of birdlife. Follow one of the many trails throughout the forest for a peaceful hike, or hold a picnic in one of the designated areas to experience the natural beauty and rich history of Belize.

Have you visited any of these tranquil hotspots? Tell us in the comments below!

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Tasmiah Rashid

In a past life, Tasmiah was either a Bollywood actress, renowned ethnographer or master chef; no questions asked. In this one, she is a shower-singing, croissant enthusiast, who also writes content for Fareportal, in that order.