After a few months of staying indoors, there’s nothing I’m looking forward to more than booking my next trip away. We’ve all had to miss out on our favourite restaurants, and unless you’ve embarked on a new hobby like online yoga or running, you’re probably itching for your next adventure too. I know I am! Here are some ideas for mixing a dash of indulgence with a bit of excitement for your next holiday.
Book A Ski Chalet
The best way to incorporate luxury into a more active holiday is to book a ski resort. Check out a ski chalet with catered accommodation – I always browse the menu before I book and read the food reviews. Many of the best places along the French Alps, like Méribel or Val d’Isere, are situated within walking distance of the restaurant, bar, French town, and ski slopes.
The best part of visiting a ski resort is that it’s suitable for all levels of skier, from novice to advanced. If you’re looking for some adventure, learn to ski by day, indulge yourself by night. It’s also a great solution if you’re going with a mixed group, as those of us that aren’t interested in skiing can enjoy the on-site spa facilities while the rest can ski to their heart’s content.
Charter A Yacht
If you’re looking to go exploring but don’t want to miss out on excellent food and a good night’s sleep, why not charter a yacht? I’ve always wanted to sail along the French Riviera as it’s the perfect way to explore without missing out on that luxurious element. If your yacht comes with a crew, you can bask in style with champagne breakfasts on your way to beautiful destinations for you to explore.
If you’re an avid sailor, you might want to go solo, but that doesn’t have to detract from the luxury element! You can sail to Sardinia or Sicily by day, and book an indulgent hotel for your on-land visit. Enjoy Italian cuisine, explore the islands and then sail-away on your yacht ready for the next adventure. Or, you can take your trip in completely the opposite direction with a cruise and enjoy everything the on-site facilities have to offer.
Upgrade Your Backpacking
If you don’t want to stay in one place, yet can’t bear the thought of staying in hostels, why not upgrade your ‘backpacking’ to stays in luxury hotels? This applies to anywhere you visit, whether it’s a long weekend in Belgium or an exploring trip to Bali. I find that staying in boutique hotels for city breaks can offer luxury without you having to spend most of your budget on accommodation. Seek out boutique hotels and string together a series of European city breaks for an upgrade on old-school Inter-Railing.
Part of what creates a luxury backpacking experience is what you bring with you, too. If you’re carrying a backpack and going off-grid, invest in some decent equipment like a lightweight chair, decent pillow, and a front-loading backpack (it’s more like a suitcase and easier to retrieve things from). Comfort is essential for a luxury adventure break.
I hope these suggestions are useful for planning your next indulgent-yet-adventurous trip away. I know I’m looking forward to treating myself to a holiday soon. Where are you thinking of going? Have a great time whatever you do!
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.