After a stressful year littered with work and family commitments, most of us can’t wait to get away for a holiday in the summer. It’s often the case that all we really crave on vacation is a quiet beach, a warm sun and an inviting sea, purely because we want to get our equilibrium back, and the best way to do that is to relax completely.
This may all sound perfectly idyllic, of course, but for the majority of us a few days on the sand is all that’s really needed. And once we’ve regained our mojo, we will inevitably look around the local area for something a little more exciting to do. Thankfully, most destinations offer a range of activities to beat tedium. Here are four of the very best.
Drive around the coast
On a hot summer’s day, nothing beats hiring a car and exploring the local area, especially if you can put the top down on the vehicle. In many holiday regions, there will be some stunning coastal roads that make motoring the purest of pleasures. With stunning views at every turn and welcoming ocean-side restaurants offering freshly-caught fish on their menus, what could be more perfect?
Visit a local city
The short city break holiday has become a regular treat for many people these days, and if you are lucky enough to be enjoying a summer holiday close to a major metropolis you could combine the best of both worlds by paying a visit. A day or two exploring the landmarks and historic buildings can add a little zip to any vacation, and will give you the chance to enjoy a welcome break away from the beach.
Try the water sports
Even people who rarely venture into the sea at home are happy to try their hand at water sports on holiday. In many destinations, you’ll find organised clubs which are only too happy to show novices just what they are missing, so if you’re in the mood for a little adventure why not give it a try? One of the most popular activities of all is scuba diving, and with the right equipment and training you can soon be checking out the undersea world like an expert.
See the area from two wheels
If you don’t want the hassle of driving a car while you’re away, you might be better off renting bicycles instead. Every holiday region will be home to impressive views of the countryside and some wonderfully secluded beauty spots, so taking to two wheels for a voyage of discovery is an excellent idea. One of the many charms of cycling is that you can go where you want when you want, and of course you can always go at your own pace.