Life on the road can be a daunting and sweaty and blistered affair. Perpetual movement can take its toll on the body, mind, and soul  — always on to the next destination or next place to drop your 30+lb backpack. But along that endless horizon unfolding before you, there are places that you come across that makes you just go, “I want to relax here for a bit.”

This weeks #Frifotos travel photo theme is “relax” and though I don’t partake in this often, there are so many places I’ve found that cause me to halt wherever I am going and stay for a while.

Here are my favorite places that I have kicked up the trusty ole’ chucks for a bit of time to recuperate my energy and to take in the moment.


Occasionally, a moment calls for laying on your back and relaxing under the clouds. Or pretending to walk on them.


Occasionally, I like to kick-it with Honest Abe, or other monuments around the world.


Relaxing on the edge of a waterfall, the spray of the water misting upward and cooling me off on a hot day in New Zealand.


In a meadow overlooking Auckland as the long grass sways in the wind.


How about a little “chillaxing” at an Ice Bar in Auckland, New Zealand?


Though cities can be hectic, a park can be an escape — and even a relaxing spot in a tree can be bliss. I found this peaceful escape in the heart of Auckland away from the business district!


Another favorite: an ice-cold beer at an outside bar in Wellington, New Zealand.


And then moving over to the Wellington Harbor for a bit more relaxation by the water.


Most people like owning fish because they are relaxing to watch, I just go to the local aquarium. (Kelly Tarlton’s in Auckland)


With the roar of the ocean and the wind carrying the salty smell up the cliffs, this is definitely a perfect spot to stop. Cape Reinga, New Zealand.


Sunsets on a rocky harbor at a place uniquely named “Rocky Harbor” in Newfoundland, Canada.


Sometimes hanging out on the edge of the world with sheer cliffs dropping off to a watery grave is a good spot. Really though, Cape Spear in Newfoundland Canada was seriously relaxing.


Going back to my childhood when imagination and fantasy ruled, and my treehouse was the best damn thing ever. What about an adult treehouse hotel? Yeah, right? There might not be a cooler place to relax.


Chucks on a boat! Any boat for that matter can make me fall asleep with the gentle rocking and the sound of the waves.


Watching the changing scenery pass by on a cross-country train adventure is something I could do all day.


And yet, all of these places can be improved by one of my favorite methods of relaxing — hammock time. And hammock time in a bungalow in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand was marvelous.


Though sometimes the chucks need to be kicked off and forgotten when you find a private hidden cove in the north of New Zealand.  Long grass whispering in the wind, the sun shining, the waves crashing, and the sway of the hammock. Relaxation at its finest.

*If you like this post, come check out my friend who inspired me to do this post — Derek of The Holidaze and his favorite places to relax!*

What are some of your favorite places or methods to relax? Share below!


  1. jaklien April 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    haha, I love this post. Especially the chillax photo in the ice bar!!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author April 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Ha, thank you Jaklien! Glad ya dig it, and the Ice bar!

  2. Agness April 26, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I wear the same sneakers when travelling in Asia, but black ones. Awesome adventures mate!

    1. Stef April 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Me too 🙂 chucks are the best travel companions 😉 Love your photos which increase my “going-back-to-New-Zealand-wanderlust” 🙂 Happy travels!

      1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author April 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

        They are the perfect companions I think Stef =) and I am so very happy to increase your reasons to return to New Zealand!

    2. JustChuckinIt - Site Author April 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Ahh, club chucks Agness! I used to rock the old school black =) Thank you!

  3. Deborah Thompson April 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Great post that had me dreaming along with you! I think you may have inspired me to participate in the next while. If I can find enough time to relax and write a post, that is. Ha ha! Invite you to come and check out my latest post – a review of the St. Regis Hotel in Punta Mita Mexico…. it truly has some fantastic places to relax!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author April 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Thank you Deborah, happy you liked it! I hope you do participate in the next. I rarely do but I couldn’t turn down “RELAX” haha. Hopefully you do find your place to relax and write =)

  4. Pepe Samson April 28, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Your writing and photos never fail to amuse me! Haha. If you happen to pass by the Philippines, let’s grab some beer!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author April 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Always happy to amuse Pepe, and I will definitely reach out when in Singapore!

  5. Aggy April 29, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Love the post, especially the hammock – oh there is no better relaxation than swinging softly in a hammock listening to the sound of crashing waves! Heaven!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 1, 2014 at 5:26 am

      Thank you Aggy! Yes, hammocks besides the crashing waves are one of my favorite things ever!

  6. Franca April 30, 2014 at 2:06 am

    There are so many ways I love to relax too but the reality is that I often don’t, I’m always on the go. I love parks especially in cities, as you said they are a little escape from the hectic city life. I absolute adore to stop and enjoy a nice sunset, no matter where I am, i love it!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 1, 2014 at 5:27 am

      I understand that Franca. I’m always getting lost in work or traveling and sometimes taking a moment to just slow everything down is hard. But sunsets are always a great opportunity to!

  7. Rebecca May 5, 2014 at 2:09 am

    great posts! I found Ibiza strangley my favorite place to relax

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      I’ll need to visit Ibiza sometime, a lot of people mention it to me!

  8. Mary @ Green Global Travel July 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Great photos! The chucks motif was creative and left me curious about what the next photo’s scenery would hold.


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