Real Vacations

What are real vacations anyway? The word "vacate" means to "empty" or "clear out". If so, I guess a real vacation helps us empty out the clutter from our minds and emotions. Hear what our readers say about the best places to go for a great stress free vacation.

If you really want to turn stress into bliss then it just might help if you start in a place that offers some kind of blissful experience. Of course the place alone won't do it for you, but it sure helps you to make the changes you need to make in your life if you are in some idyllic and relaxing place.

And there are many ways to relax. Some folks like to do very little while others prepare to engage in some kind of out of the ordinary activity. Personally, I love the healing power of nature and find I get lots of life inspiration and mental clarity with a wilderness retreat - hiking, kayaking, and just being in the great outdoors with nature.

And please tell us about your choice. Skip down the page if you want to read what others have suggested first.

Where do you go to relax and renew?

Tell us about your favorite place to recharge, relax, renew, or just get away from it all for a while. Or if you know of a great place that others might enjoy, share it with us. Retreat and vacation spot owners, tour guides, and workshop leaders, tell us about your place or trip too.

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Places Other People Have Suggested

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Maho Bay, St. John, US Virigin Islands 
This is a place to "be." Located inside a State Park, there are no commercial activities - no restaurants, shops, media, traffic..just you, your cabin, …

Basunti (Kangra Valley), Dharamsala, Rishikesh, northern India 
Basunti is a privately run retreat set in a Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary on Pong Dam in Northern India. We practice meditation and yoga in the mornings …

Plum Village, near Bordeaux, France 
Plum Village is the home of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who has been living in exile in France for 40 years. It is the most calm and joyful …

The Himalayan Institute 
A wonderful, converted convent in Pennsylvania that holds yoga and meditation workshops, Ayurvedic studies (and Pancha Karma) and spiritual studies. The …

Maine North Woods - Katahdin Region 
Those of you who know me will not be surprised by my choice here. This is one of my absolute favorite places in the world to be. Why? It's so peaceful …

Mount Desert Island - Maine 
My wife and I have been there several times. Houses for rent are easy to find and even on the water they are pretty reasonable. There‚Äôs Acadia National …

Upachaya, on the island of Roatan, Honduras Not rated yet
Our wellness retreat is nestled in the jungle on this beautiful tropical island, Roatan. We are just a 2 1/2 hour flight out of Houston and surrounded …

Murren, Switzerland Not rated yet
"The scenery from Grutschalp to Murren becomes continuously wilder, more astonishing. The passengers rise involuntarily from their seats and, intoxicated …

Venice, Italy Not rated yet
Enchanting and romantic Venice is made up of over a hundred islands with 400 bridges and 2,000 alleys. It is filled with adventure, culture, art, shopping, …

Corfu, Greece Not rated yet
For some... just being by the sea, breathing the fresh air scented with wild jasmine, walking barefoot on the earth, resting in the cool shade of an olive …

Tuscany, Italy  Not rated yet
Our yoga practice in Tuscany, Italy will include "on the mat" time each day with Kripalu yoga classes and pranayama (breathing techniques) designed to …

Rome, Italy Not rated yet
Okay, I have to admit I've never been there, but the idea of warm sun, sandy beaches, and historical monuments is so appealing. I haven't had a vacation …

Australia Vacations Not rated yet
Every year for almost two decades while I was growing up in Australia our family spent Christmas holidays and countless weekends at this small, beachside …

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