A few months ago we, my girlfriend and I, decided for the first time in our lives that there should have been a trip that wouldn’t be a trip, but a relaxing vacation. No one of us had ever experienced something like going on vacation to relax and do nothing than… relaxing, so we decided to seize the moment and do this travel experiment this year, in August.
Because of our jobs, August was the only month in which we could do something like that, so we manage to find at least one week of time to go somewhere, somehow. We considered the idea of going on a cruise, staying at a resort or some SPA in the countryside. We quickly discarded the latter since there wasn’t what we really wanted: the sea.
Soon we discarded also the cruise: too expensive for just a travel experiment and the ones we found didn’t correspond to our time slot.
As the time was passing by we opted for a DIY option, with a fancy hotel on a renown seaside resort in Spain: Palma de Mallorca.
Let’s start this travel experiment!
Sun, warm temperatures, crystal clear sea, soft sand and a period in which usually tourists are already gone home, for the most part. We planned everything in the detail, as follows: wake up, have breakfast, go to the beach, have lunch, take a nap, go to the beach, have dinner, post dinner moderately alcoholic, go to bed. The perfect plan to relax and charge up our batteries. And get a bit tanned too, considering we’re pale as ghosts!
We arrived late in the afternoon so we just enjoyed discovering that the hotel was two blocks from the beach, a proper distance I’d say, have some food, and take a walk on the promenade, trying to understand the place.
A lot of shops, for the most part souvenir ones, many bars, restaurants and pubs, and a few spaces left for excursion or rental agencies and little supermarkets. A place build with one purpose only: make you spend money.
The following day we started with our plan: e-book readers in the bag, some beach towels, solar screen, sunglasses and nothing else, we also left our mobiles in the hotel! Our satisfaction at the end of the day was tangible. Finally, we were recharging up a bit, our belly was adequately full, and we were less pale than the day before. Actually, we were turning dangerously red in some spots, and I had to buy a hat to protect what’s left of my brain!
The following day, though, it was different. Not because sleep deprived, we both slept like babies, and our breakfast was abundant and tasteful too, but after having spent some hours at the beach, we didn’t want to do the same in the afternoon. We were missing something. Long story short, what a bore!
The problem was we weren’t actually relaxing. Ok, we did nothing hard except digest food and take some swim, but that was not our idea or relaxing. That was our idea of wasting time and money in a place we didn’t discover yet.
We believed the island had something to show us. In the end, the reputation as a touristic place came in the last decades, but there should have also been something interesting before!
Since this time no one cared to read anything about Balearic island before arriving, we discovered there are some beautiful caves to explore, with one in particular, Coves del Drac (Caves of the Dragon), being the home of the biggest underground lake in the world. It’s time to see it!
I’m not saying that Palma de Mallorca was boring. The city is vivacious, and if you’re looking for a particular kind of place, that could be the one to go. What I’m saying is that, even though I can see the pros of a city focused on young tourism and sea activities, for us there was nothing exciting laying on the beach all day long. Yes, the books we read were intriguing and captivating, but nothing beats the joy of discovery a new place, with its history (and Palma de Mallorca has a lot!), sights and people.
Well, in the end, our travel experiment failed on the third day, after only one day and a half of relaxing. But for us probably the idea of relaxing was a bit different from doing nothing all day long. At least now we know!
And you, have you ever experienced something like that, maybe on the contrary too? Tell me in the comment section!
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