Holidays are for relaxing, right? They’re supposed to be that much-needed break from the nine to five (or should we say seven to seven) workaday routine.
But apparently, many Brits are unable to switch off on holiday – literally and figuratively. Word is, six out of 10 holidaymakers reach for their smartphones, tablets and laptops within minutes of landing at their destination. A startling 86 per cent of them do so to check emails, a stat which shows just how difficult it is to put work tasks and responsibilities aside.
As we all know, breaks – be they, lunchtimes away from desks or holidays – are critical not only for our health and wellbeing, but also our productivity.
So how can travellers “power down” on holiday and increase their chances of returning rested and rejuvenated.
Well, one solution is to learn something new (a Top 6 Travel Trend for 2013). When absorbed in a new activity, people tend to forget the other things on their mind and focus on the task at hand.
Here are three trips from the website www.golearnto.com that’ll have you leaving your technology torture devices in your suitcase.
Paint at a luxury eco-retreat – Andalucia, Spain
No matter if you have artistic talent or not, it’s always fun to channel your inner-child by painting and drawing outdoors. Set in 50 acres of farmland, visitors are never short of inspirational natural scenes upon which they can hone their skills.
Go horse-riding and learn the art of Spanish cooking – Los Juncares, Spain
Roam on horseback through this stunning semi off-grid location surrounded by olive groves, verdant mountains, hills and views of Lake Izjnar, before discovering how to whip up one or two Andalucían delights.
Ashtanga yoga retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand
This luxury eco-friendly yoga retreat on the pristine beaches of Laem Sor makes a great backdrop for practising healthy living.
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