Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. With the National Relaxation Day (August 15) soon approaching, I take a moment to sit back, breathe and realize how we are already half way through the year 2014. And while I am still in my thoughts, I constantly have the urge to check my phone for any texts, emails or Facebook notifications. And before you know it, you become too busy to notice how busy you have been.
This National Relaxation Day, take a moment to turn off your phone and spend time with your family and friends. One of our favorite things to do as family is to travel and explore places. And what could be more relaxing than walking barefoot on the beach and basking under the warm Hawaiian sun? Here are 5 things you could do in Hawaii to relax and unwind on this National Relaxation Day. And if you are the lucky winner of Tommy Bahama’s ‘Summer of Go’ sweepstakes, you may just be rewarded for all your hardwork with a Hawaiian vacation getaway! (Contest details are at the end of the post).
5. Stroll on a beach
Whether you are looking to surf into swirling 30-foot waves or just relaxing under towering palm trees overlooking sparkling bays, Hawaii’s vast stretches of white sandy beaches and hundreds of miles of coastline is sure to have something that will please everyone.
4. Bike down Haleakala Mountain
Pedal down slopes of Haleakala, one of the largest mountains in the world. Haleakala stands more than 3,000 feet above the sea level and lies some 20,000 more feet under water. It is a dormant volcano full of volcanic rock, both inside its crater and on its slopes. What could be more satisfying than the sense of achievement after completing 38-mile bike ride down the spectacular 10,023 foot Haleakala Volcano?
3. Outdoor adventures
From helicopter ride over the majestic mountains of Kauai, horse riding on the Big Island to snorkeling at the crescent-shaped islet of Molokini, whether they are by land, air or sea, Hawaii’s outdoor adventures are virtually limitless. Imagine the adrenaline rush of free-falling 5,000 feet as you skydive in Oahu.
All foodies will agree that there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a hearty meal. Some of the fondest memories that people take back home from their visit to Hawaii are memories of the ‘ono (meaning delicious) foods that they experienced. Fresh seafood, organic fruits and vegetables, poultry and meat, and locally grown products are the hallmarks of Hawai‘i regional cuisine. Be sure to taste the Hawaiian-grown coffee while you are there. And if you want to recreate the tropical flavors once you are back from vacation, Tommy Bahama lets you on a quest with recipes to try at home. Bon appétit!
“When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.” Pamper yourself with retail therapy. From the bustling boulevards of Waikiki, array of bazaars to the art boutiques, shopping in Hawaii is an adventure in itself.
THE ‘SUMMER OF GO’ SWEEPSTAKES CONTEST
Summers are such an incredible time to travel and celebrating the spirit of the season, Tommy Bahama is giving away incredible travel packages every week until August 18. At the end, one lucky winner will receive a grand prize of a Hawaiian vacation for four including air transportation with Alaska Airlines, a 7-night stay in an ocean-view room at The Fairmont Orchid, $200 in Uber credit for rides on vacation or in your own city, and a pile of Tommy Bahama goodies including a $1,000 Gift Card.
HOW TO ENTER:
Register at Tommy Bahama website.
Share your thought on ‘what is your idea of a perfect relaxation day by commenting on the post.
We wish all our readers good luck for the contest. Don’t forget to sit back and take it easy of on this National Relaxation Day!
This post is sponsored by Tommy Bahama.