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!*