If being active on your vacation gives you anxiety, you’re not alone. There’s a more popular type of travel that has Americans adding relaxing locations to their wish lists. Dubbed the “nothing-cation” – also known as a trip where relaxation and warm weather are the main highlights, this type of travel is becoming more popular with travelers, and they aren’t feeling guilty about it.
Expedia recently conducted a survey of travelers and found that more than 34% of Americans are feeling burnt out after all the festivities of the holidays (especially parents), and almost everyone (96%) plans to do absolutely nothing on their next trip.
It’s no surprise that January comes as the top month for booking beach vacations. It’s the middle of winter, and people are sick and tired of cold and rain. What better time to travel? Some also see it as a great way to reduce anxiety and kick-start the new year.
Expedia found that about a quarter of getaways planned in January are to beach destinations, such as Mexico’s Cancun and Riviera Maya, Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana, and Hawaii’s Oahu, which have all doubled in demand compared to the previous year.
“There’s a time and place for an action-packed vacation itinerary, but our data shows the first trip after the hectic holiday season calls for a more relaxed agenda,” says Melanie Fish, head of Expedia Group brands public relations in a press release. “For most travelers, getting the most out of their next vacation means setting aside dedicated time for nothing.”
There’s no need to feel guilty about doing nothing because almost two-thirds of travelers (62%) agree that “doing nothing” is the best part of a vacation and think it is time well-spent. The travel experts at Expedia have put together 7 destinations where you can enjoy a “nothing-cation”.
Check out the list below:
With more than 60 beaches to explore that offer up activities such as snorkeling, water sports, or just being lazy in the sun, Kauai has remarkable beauty that is considered one of the less-developed areas of the island. When you want to take a break from laying by the pool, there are some beautiful scenic drives or coastline walks that will give you a nature kick and some added relaxation.
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, you’ll find a different vibe depending on where you end up, but its landscape will sway you into relaxation. Costa Rica has been praised for its ecological practices that promote an abundance of biodiversity and wildlife, which keep tourists singing its praises for its crystal-clear waters, luscious national parks, and its well-preserved jungle.
Fiji has over 50 resorts to choose from, where you will leave feeling pampered and well-rested, whether it be from the traditional Bobo massages or from the gentle exfoliation of its white sands. From swimming under its picturesque waterfalls to floating in its lagoons and watching the sunset on a cruise, Fiji offers many quiet places to relax and connect with nature.
Surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, this island is considered one of the most unspoiled and relaxing islands in the area. Known for its peaceful pace of life and easy-going attitude, you’ll marvel at the long empty beaches to explore and its luscious mountain views. From spa treatments to fresh local food that will send you into a food coma, the whole experience will feel effortless.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand’s second largest island was once an old fishing community but has turned into a popular resort island, thanks to its palm-fringed gorgeous beaches. The island is known to attract a variety of visitors, from young budget tourists looking to have fun to more luxury travelers wanting to enjoy high-end villas and resorts. Enjoy the serenity in a Buddhist temple or take a stroll through the charming Fisherman’s village.
Located along the southern coastline of Portugal, the Algarve contains gorgeous sandy beaches, picturesque coves, a calm and warm ocean, thermal springs, and a perfect climate all year round to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Take your pick between the long stretches of sand to explore or the mountain regions where old traditions are still honored.
Sanibel Island, Florida
Known for its pastel-colored seashells and the “Sanibel Stoop” – a posture used to collect seashells, this small island offers family-friendly fun and plenty of relaxation on its pristine beaches. The island offers activities from dolphin-watching on a boat to biking its 25-mile bike paths or touring its 6,000 acres of mangrove jungles and wetlands in the Wildlife Refuge.
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