Travellers in need of relaxation should steer clear of lying on the beach for days on end, a tourism expert says. What does she recommend instead?
When the stress builds up there’s little else that seems more relaxing than flopping on a beach for a week. But Xinran Lehto, a tourism expert from Purdue University in Indiana, says such holidays might be far from restful, Mail Online reported.
Instead, Lehto says variation on vacation is key.
“Lying on the beach for many, many days is not the best way to recharge yourself,” she said.
“After a while you get bored and anxious, then you start thinking about work and things at home you need to do. That’s not healthy for you.”
Lehto suggests stressed travellers would be better served picking destinations that have “enough variation of interest and activities that have depth for you to be engaged with”.
According to her findings, the factors that will contribute to a truly restful vacation are as follows:
YOU HAVE TO BE FASCINATED BY THE DESTINATION
“Vacationers need to be readily and effortlessly absorbed by things they see and do at a destination,” she said.
“It is important for a travel destination to provide environments and activities that can pique your imagination and curiosity without requiring you to exert the mental energy associated with your everyday life.”
YOU SHOULD FEEL COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR DESTINATION
It’s not just travel partners with whom we need to feel compatible, we now need to be compatible with our travel destination.
The point, Lehton says, is that we “don’t exert energy feeling anxious or having intensity of cognition”.
AWAY-NESS IS KEY
A destination should make you feel physically and mentally far away from the stresses of your everyday life. Basically, a place that reminds us of home will remind us of all the stresses we left there.
Finally, Lehto says holidaymakers should 'orient' themselves so they 'feel at ease'.
This could involve using resort services and following signs so travellers can gain a sense of place and feel settled.