Outdoors + Nature

The World's Most Leisurely Vacations

by Sarah Tuff

How many times a day do you complain about how busy you are? Between running to work, running to the store, and inevitably running out of time, there's just too much jammed into our daily lives. So, why spend your vacation visiting 10 cathedrals, touring 12 museums, hitting all those cute boutiques, and—oops!—it's time for dinner…

Take a deep breath. We've found seven decidedly down-tempo trips that put an end to the insanity of those type A itineraries. (They're also way more interesting than just lying on a beach for a week.) From trickling through the trees on cross-country skis in Vermont to savoring white truffles in northern Italy to meditating in Big Sur, these getaways will compel you to slow down and make the most of your precious R&R time.

Published January 2011; pictured lazing in the Galápagos.

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