How to get active Rest while traveling

How to Get Active Rest While Traveling - OSTRICHPILLOW Magazine

Traveling is an opportunity to break from routine, unwind, and make memories that will last a lifetime. But, let's be honest, how many of us actually come back feeling well-rested? Between ticking off all the top attractions on Tripadvisor and hunting down the best local eats, we often forget to take a breather.

So, if you're tired of coming back from your travels feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation, don’t stress! We’re here to help you understand how to get active rest while traveling so that your trip is enjoyable and rejuvenating too

Active rest vs. passive rest

Though it may sound counterintuitive, there are ways to rest, recharge, and be active at the same time.

When you do an activity that engages the body and/or mind and is outside of daily obligations like work and family duties, you are performing active rest. These activities may involve exploring your curiosity, indulging your interests, broadening your mind, and fueling inspiration.

The opposite of active rest is passive rest. Napping, meditating, and taking a warm bath are a few examples. Unlike active rest, passive rest involves minimal physical effort or activity.



Active rest vs. passive rest - OSTRICHPILLOW Magazine

What does active rest look like while traveling?

Well, that depends—active rest looks different for everyone. While one person might find hiking to be restorative, another might find it simply exhausting. So, when considering ways to get active rest while traveling, it’s useful to first consider what type of traveler you are. 

The Adventurer: Your travels tend to take you off the beaten path
  • Going for a nature walk
  • Renting a bicycle or scooter
  • Kayaking or canoeing
The Foodie: Your travel itinerary revolves around where, what, and when you’ll eat
  • Taking a cooking class
  • Visiting a local market
  • Taking a food tour
The Culture Vulture: You love to dive into local history and customs
  • Going to see live music or a show
  • Strolling through a quiet museum
  • Agrotourism, or visiting local producers
The Retreater: All you want is to get away and do nothing at all (or close to it)
  • Going for a swim
  • Taking a scenic cruise, bus, or train ride
  • Picnicking

What does active rest look like while traveling? - OSTRICHPILLOW Magazine

Start planning your next trip

To ensure that your travels are exciting without being exhausting, you’ve got to incorporate active rest. Engaging in activities that align with your interests and travel style is an effective way to balance adventure and relaxation. This way, you can come home feeling rested and ready to jump back into your normal rhythm.


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