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    5 Ways to Unwind on Vacation

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it's essential to take a moment to reflect on your well-being.

This year, we invite you to pause, breathe deeply, and assess your emotional and physical health. Ask yourself, “How am I doing?” “What requires my attention?” “Is my plate too full?” Maybe it’s time to take a step back and focus on yourself. After all, balance is key to a happy and healthy life. That’s why we’re passionate about travel; it gives you time to reconnect with what matters to you. To help you on your health and wellness journey, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite places and experiences to help you unwind on your next vacation.

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People on hiking trip in the mountains walking on pathway. Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Hike Your Way to Peace & Tranquility

Connecting with nature is so important for our overall well being. Reaching the next bend, the next sight, the next “wow” moment on a hike is unlike any other experience – it’s grounding and inspiring. Try one (or many!) of these breathtaking hikes. From seasoned adventurers to those just starting their hiking journey, discover nature’s beauty at its finest, no matter your level of experience. 

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Zion National Park and its striking red rock cliffs. Tackle the park’s rugged terrain or stroll along the Pa’rus Trail, which showcases the stunning lower Zion Canyon. 

Answer the call of the Grand Canyon’s majesty. Let the Rim Trail, Hermit Trail, and every path in between take you on a journey of breathtaking natural beauty. Amid the grandeur of towering cliffs, any worries will fade into insignificance, allowing you to bask in the wonder of Mother Nature’s masterpieces.

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5 Ways to Unwind on Vacation

Wildlife Watching: A Larger-Than-Life Scavenger Hunt

Treat your mind to a sensory escape and tap into your inner child with a larger-than-life scavenger hunt. Capture photographs and collect memories on a visit to Yellowstone National Park for a chance to see bears, bison, and eagles. Observe the migration of over 150 bird species and witness the majestic roam of North America’s largest land mammal, the bison

And if it’s your first-time wildlife watching, fret not! We have you covered with all the tips and tricks you need to ensure a successful and safe adventure.

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Walk or Pedal to Paradise at Your Own Pace

Unwind in the great outdoors with Country Walkers and VBT Bicycling Vacations. Explore on foot, at your own pace, on a Country Walkers’ tour of Utah’s Bryce & Zion Canyons. Or travel a bit farther from home on a tour of Spain: Balearic Islands, Mallorca & Deia  and breathe in the salty air of the Mediterranean coast and pamper yourself at the only thermal spa in the Balearic islands. Discover lagoons rich in birdlife and undulating dunes that rise from the unspoiled shores of Massachusetts on a VBT Bicycling Vacations’ tour of Cape Cod and Provincetown

The immediate health benefits of trips like these will be clear: being physically active, disconnecting from work, and reframing your mindset. The lasting impact of overcoming challenges, achieving personal goals, and opening yourself to new experiences will stay with you forever.

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Swing Big to Unwind

Discover serenity in the desert at The Oasis at Death Valley. This hideaway challenges conventional ideas of a relaxing vacation and offers a unique escape for weary travelers. Amidst the seemingly inhospitable terrain, life blooms to create a tranquil oasis that will rejuvenate your spirit. 

Experience a unique and challenging round of golf at The Furnace Creek Golf Course at Death Valley. As the world’s lowest-elevation course at 214 feet below sea level, it’s a must-visit for any golf enthusiast. Recognized by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 50 Toughest Courses,” the only thing on your mind will be perfecting your swing. Elevate your game with help from a PGA Golf Pro on-site, offering lessons to help you make the most of your time in the California sun.

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Cruise Into Relaxation

Escape to the Caribbean with Windstar Cruises and experience the ultimate in relaxation and intimacy. Leave the crowds behind and soak up the sun as you sail the open sea, listening to the sounds of gulls and the gentle lapping of the surf. With only 148 to 342 guests per ship, you’ll enjoy comfort, privacy, and the ability to explore smaller, less touristy ports that larger vessels can’t access. So kick back, claim your ocean-view lounger, and let the stress melt away.

You aren’t at your best when you’re stressed. Elevate your next vacation to one that uplifts both your mind and body. At Xanterra Travel Collection®, we believe in striking a balance between adventure and wellness. Whether you’re seeking a scenic bike ride to clear your mind or a peaceful encounter with wildlife, we offer a range of experiences to fit your unique interests and needs.