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A good vacation can be the antidote to so many of life’s problems. Travelling lets you get away from the struggles of the daily grind and gives you valuable time to recharge your batteries. Of course, vacations aren’t one-size-fits-all – your dad’s dream holiday is probably pretty different from yours. In fact, the kind of vacation you need will change depending on how you’re feeling and what kind of recharging you need. Translating your specific feelings into the right type of holiday will let you get the break you really need.

You’re Feeling: Run Down

The Perfect Vacation? A spa trip.

When you’re tired out and your energy is depleted, nothing is better than a spa break. Get massages for your sore muscles, let facials soothe your weary skin, and hop in the hot tub to chill out. A spa vacation is the perfect way to bring you back to yourself and send you home with energy in abundance, and it’s the perfect thing to do alone, with friends, or with your partner.

You’re Feeling: Bored

The Perfect Vacation? An adventure holiday.

If you’re feeling like your day-to-day life has turned into a Groundhog Day situation, try an adrenaline-fueled adventure holiday. Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking – anything that will get your blood flowing and give you a change of pace.

You’re Feeling: Disconnected

The Perfect Vacation? A girly holiday or romantic getaway.

It’s easy to feel like everyday stresses are chipping away at your relationships with friends or your significant other, so sometimes a vacation can be the perfect way to reconnect. Spend a few days drinking wine and chilling out with your girlfriends or staying in at a luxurious hotel with your partner, and you’ll feel good as new.

You’re Feeling: Worried

The Perfect Vacation? A simple break somewhere nearby.

You don’t need to stress yourself out with a crazy exotic vacation when you’re feeling anxious. The strain of long-distance travel, dealing with another language, and navigating confusing situations can just add to your worries. A simple break in a nearby city or a trip to a countryside cottage is just what you need to calm down in a reassuring setting.

You’re Feeling: Stuck In A Rut

The Perfect Vacation? An exotic getaway.

If your vital energy and creative juices are drying up, you need a change of setting. Leave the farm behind and go somewhere exotic – the sky’s the limit! Immersing yourself in another culture with novel sights, a different cuisine, and a whole new way of life will change your point of view and leave you feeling refreshed.

Getting away from it all is a luxury and you should always make the most of it. Next time you’re planning a trip away, try to pinpoint what kind of break will best ease your soul. Make your vacation more than a trip away from home – turn it into a restorative experience that will let you head back to the farm with a clear mind and a happy heart.


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Traveling To Ireland? Visit County Carlow

County Carlow, located in the southeast of Ireland, combines the dual attractions of a beautiful natural environment with a thriving contemporary culture. The county seat of Carlow is an architecture lover’s paradise, while the traditional villages nestled close to the Blackstairs or Wicklow Mountains are charming locations for relaxing day trips or a quiet stay. County Carlow is within easy reach of Dublin airport by bus, train, or car.

Carlow Town

A visit to the town of Carlow is a must for any tourist coming to this beautiful county. The Carlow Town Heritage Trail winds through the streets, allowing tourists to take in the historical sites on their own self-guided walking tour. In the evening, the city comes to life, with live music and a thriving pub culture. Carlow is home to the award-winning bar Dinn Ri, where revellers can eat and drink in a leafy terraced garden or enjoy live entertainment in the split level Tower Live venue.

Carlow Garden Trail

If you are visiting Carlow in the spring or summer, then the Carlow Garden Trail is one of the county’s top attractions. Travelling around the county to visit beautifully cultivated young gardens, lovingly restored estates, and natural forest parks will give you a glimpse into the thriving horticultural heritage and natural landscape of Country Carlow.

Carlow County Museum

To understand the history and culture of Carlow, a visit to Carlow County Museum is highly recommended. Here adults and children can learn about famous residents of this beautiful county, including John Tyndall, whose study of atmospheric physics paved the way for our modern understanding of the greenhouse effect that threatens all life on Earth. Delve further back into Ireland’s history and discover an archaeological treasure trove with relics dating back to the stone age.

Waterways of County Carlow

One of the best ways to see the green and pleasant county of Carlow is to travel along the waterways. Barge holidays are popular in Ireland, thanks to the unspoilt beauty of the landscape and the country’s network of canals. Newcomers to the water will enjoy a sedate cruise along the Grand Canal, which runs through County Carlow, connecting the great River Shannon to Dublin and the Irish Sea. A more adventurous journey can be had on the lively waters of the River Barrow, which snakes through the lush Barrow Valley, passing many welcoming local country pubs on the way. These uncrowded waters are a haven for wildlife, particularly waterfowl, and provide ample opportunities for trout and salmon fishing.

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