The Big Chill: The Most Laid-Back, Relaxing Cities To Visit

The Big Chill: The Most Laid-Back, Relaxing Cities To Visit

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If you're planning your next stress-relieving getaway, check out these relaxing destinations for tranquil travel.

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    Also known as The Blue Pearl, this city is famous for its beautifully blue painted doors and walls. The calming color is sure to relax you as you stroll through the city’s gorgeous craft market full of handcrafted blankets, soft leathers and colorful dyes. At the edge of the market you can gaze upon the restful Rif Mountains as you enjoy a soothing cup of fresh mint tea. 
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    The small city of Bondi is home to numerous beaches that can all be accessed via the Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Trail. Delicious cafes are scattered throughout the city, providing some of the best brunch you can imagine and a perfect spot to rest. You don’t even have to wear shoes if you don’t want to – many of the locals don’t! 
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    Farmers markets and fresh cheese shops scattered among green fields of dairy cows and bright red barns make Burlington, Vermont the perfect place for a relaxing Sunday drive. 
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    This quiet fishing city, situated along some of the highest cliffs in Jamaica (not that kind of high) is a great place to lay low with a red stripe and some of the most beautiful sunsets the world can offer. If you’re feeling adventurous, head over to Rick’s bar, the legendary cliff jumping spot. If not, take a casual drive through the Blue Mountains where you can attempt to obtain the same amount of peace as the many Rastafari living there. 
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    This secret paradise has remained relatively untouched as access is limited to only those tourists that are willing to swim through the underwater cave that leads to its entrance. 
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    Travelers from London to Brighton will feel a deep sense of peace as the rolling green hills and fluffy white sheep of the quaint English countryside pass by your train window. Upon your arrival to this pretty seaside paradise you will be greeted with a soft ocean breeze and a picturesque pier. A stroll along the boardwalk with some crisp fish and chips are all you need to forget the frenzy of the city. 
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    Both close enough and far enough from some of Thailand’s more party-central tourist areas, Koh Lanta is a blissful break away from all the chaos. Clifftop views of a relatively tourist-free beach and a self-guided jungle trek ending in a picturesque waterfall are only a few of the things that make this the perfect place to unwind. 
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    Famous for its mid-day naps, or siestas, Spain is an obvious choice when looking for a relaxing getaway. Located on the southern coast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea, this city is a perfectly peaceful place to rest your weary bones amid any fast-paced euro trip. Purple bougainvillea and plush palm trees line the cobblestone streets. 
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    Hidden away just outside of some of the major tourist cities of this beautiful country is the city of Kaikoura. Here you can hike the breathtaking clifftop Kaikoura Peninsula pathway and visit the local seal colony lazing in the sun and providing plenty of relaxation inspiration. This part of the country is known for its whale and dolphin sightings, which you can peacefully observe as you stroll the ocean-side path.
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    With its temperate climate, numerous beaches, and general laid back lifestyle of even its most important business people, Vancouver is well known as the bustling City of Toronto’s chilled out little brother. Beautiful mountain views and the solitude of Stanley Park provide ample opportunity to become one with nature without having to leave the city. Be sure to visit the Vancouver Aquarium to have the rescued sea mammals relax you even further as they hypnotically swim back and forth. 
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    Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, this peaceful place is a home to many of India’s most well respected yogis and gurus. Often referred to as ‘The World Capital of Yoga’ Rishikesh is also home to the ashram where The Beatles learned the art of Transcendental Meditation. Only six hours from Delhi by car, the cooling waters of the Ganges and fresh mountain air make Rishikesh a beautiful place to soothe your soul.
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