If you’ve got a high-paced job, kids at home, or just need a real recharge when you go on vacation, you might not be looking for a trip to India or New York City. Chances are, you’re looking for a break from the noise.
Take a look at these 7 peaceful places to go on vacation.
1. Saint Lucia
This is our favorite island in the Caribbean. The beaches are as beautiful as the stunning scenery surrounding them. The Pitons that overlook the island are some of the most stunning natural formations in the world. Lay on black sand beaches, swim in your bungalow’s infinity pool and forget all your troubles. This is a place where you’ll find complete privacy.
2. Bora Bora
If you’re looking to escape, there are few better places in the world to visit than French Polynesia. Colorful fish, coral reefs, and crystal clear waters make for some of the best snorkeling in the world. When you visit, splurge a little. All of the resorts on the islands are amazing, but The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful resorts in the entire world.
3. The Maldives
Some of the most stunning destinations in the world aren’t easy to get to, and the Maldives falls into this category. If we can say one thing about this tropical destination, it’s this: it’s worth the trip. The remote archipelago is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and it’s easily the most exotic destination on our list. The resorts are hidden and private, the wildlife is diverse, and the relaxation is guaranteed.
4. Sonoma, California
If you love wine, you’ll love Sonoma. It’s a peaceful slice of California that’s perfect for biking, sipping, and fine dining. With hundreds of amazing wineries all within the region, you’re sure to try some of the best wines in the world over just a few days. Book a private driver and get to sampling, or hire a hot air balloon and see it all from above.
5. St. Barts
When you arrive in St. Barts, you’re going to ask yourself: Is this the Caribbean, or the French Riviera? French influence has left the island looking like a slice of Europe. It’s one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world, and you won’t have trouble finding a good spot to lay your head. If you’re only going to one location, Colombier Beach is our favorite – but be sure to explore the island for yourself.
6. Orkney, Scotland
Scotland is naturally beautiful. The rolling green hills, the friendly people, and the Scotch are all part of what makes this an incredibly relaxing vacation. Orkney is a perfect place to explore, with limited tourists and plenty to see and do. When you visit, be sure not to miss:
1. Old Man of Hoy
2. Cliffs of Yesnaby
3. Kirkwall City Centre
4. Skara Brae
5. Standing Stones of Stenness & Ring of Brodgar
7. Tofino, British Columbia
This surfers paradise is located on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. It’s home to some of the best waves in the world, and while the waters may be cold, it’s as easy a place to relax as anywhere else on this list. Stay in a bed and breakfast and wake up to a quiet hippie town full of great food, a great brewery, and great people.