Considering how much all of us have been trudging through the last eighteen months, a nice, relaxing mountain retreat sounds kinda nice. It’s the perfect way to get out of the house, see a bit of the world beyond our computer screens, and breathe in some fresh air. |
Or is it?
Therein lies the tough part about planning a trip these days. We’re all a little unsure about what traveling is all about anymore. With the world still a little (or a lot) cockamamie when it comes to travel restrictions, it’s hard to know how a retreat in one part of the world can translate somewhere else. What’s more, we’re all a little different in terms of how we approach traveling, so what one person likes may not be the kind of thing someone else digs as much.
This leads to perhaps the biggest question to answer when trying to get the most out of a mountain retreat — you need to be able to define what a ‘retreat’ means to you. This will include the things you want out of an ideal vacation, as well as the things you know that are more attainable. You want to break down what things you like to do in order to relax & see what prospective retreat locations have what you are looking for.
Of course, no mountain retreat or other big trip can be planned without knowing just how long your trip is from start to finish. How much you can get done in a weekend versus a week versus a couple of weeks is vastly different. Understanding the amount of time you’ve got to work with will give you a better way of figuring out what activities are worth checking out during your retreat & which might be better to revisit another time.
Then again, you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘What do I want to do on my trip?’ Regardless of length of trip, maybe you’re the kind of person that’s determined to do certain things because it’s been eighteen months you’d like to forget & you’re just gonna enjoy yourself. Check out your prospective destinations ahead of time to see who offers what & see which place gives you more of what you want.
When we travel, we all like to think about only good things. But since we’re talking about a mountain retreat, you are having to contend with mountain weather conditions. Depending on the time of year you travel, it could be snowy, cold, or maybe a little icy. Are there any weather issues you’re worried about? It’s hard to be fully in relaxation mode when you’re not comfortable with the weather around you. Plus, the last thing you want to do is travel somewhere just to sit in a hotel room or vacation rental because you can control the temperature.
Finally, one question you need to ask is, “Is the mountain town ‘size’ an issue?” ‘Size’ can refer to the size of the town itself and the population. Even before the difficulties of the last year-and-a-half, mountain retreats & mountain town vacations have been popular for quite some time. As such, many of the towns that cater to this popularity have grown quite large and have turned in bustling tourist traps. If this isn’t your idea of a relaxing mountain retreat backdrop, it’s a bit of research you might be willing to do ahead of time.
Can a mountain retreat be everything you want it to be? Probably, but you need to be ready to do a little research. In the end, though, it will totally be worth it.
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