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Relax: It’s a Vacation Trend

Love to relax on vacation? You’re not alone. According to a recent study commissioned by market researcher GfK, 59 percent of people surveyed in 17 countries said they preferred relaxing vacations compared with 35 percent who favored active excursions.

Infographics by GfK.

With this in mind, there are a variety of vacations where relaxation can be achieved. If spending your time unwinding is a top priority, consider the following types of trips and destinations.

Head to the Water

Throw your worries to the waves as you dip your toes in the sand. Consider a trip to Florida, South Carolina, California, Hawaii or Mexico. For inspiration, check out these guides on Club Traveler:

Prefer to travel inland? Set up “camp” by a pool. Take advantage of its cool water, hot tubs, lounge chairs, umbrellas or the food and drinks at poolside bars and grills. Check out these five Club pools for your next trip. Alternatively, venture to a lake where you can spend your days fishing, swimming and enjoying the view on your very own houseboat rental from ClubPartner Forever Resorts.

Find Serenity at a Spa

Whether long hours at the office left you in desperate need of a deep-tissue massage or you’re looking to relax and get pampered after a big event like a wedding, you can’t go wrong by heading to a destination with a luxurious spa. Check out these seven spas offering everything from traditional treatments to special packages to help you recover from jet lag.

Retreat to a Wellness Destination

If you’re looking to take a step back and renew your spirit, go to a wellness hot spot such as Sedona, Arizona. Take a leisurely hike, get a massage or relax in a salt spa and find inner peace amid the red rocks during a morning yoga class.

Swing Stress Away

While some travelers’ ideal relaxing getaway may involve nothing but sunscreen and a swimsuit, others may prefer a set of clubs and 18 holes. Forget about the score and enjoy your surroundings whether you’re on a course on Hawaii Island (Big Island) or in Palm Desert, California. Check out these 10 unique golf courses to play on during your next vacation.

Cruise into Calmness

Say bon voyage to your everyday duties and take to the sea. Through Hilton Grand Vacations Club’s cruise partner, CruisesOnly, the largest cruise agency in the U.S., you can choose from a variety of deals and perks on cruises, luxury cruises and river excursions to destinations around the world. Among the options: the Bahamas for a weekend or a full 11 nights in the Mediterranean onboard a luxury ship.

Indulge in All-Inclusive

Combine ocean views, scenic excursions, golf and hours in the spa, and you’ll be hard-pressed to stay stressed. Add on the worry-free atmosphere of an all-inclusive resort, and you’ll be rejuvenated in no time. Consider a trip to Mexico at Club affiliate Fiesta Americana’s all-inclusive resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Playa del Carmen.

Spend Time With the Vines

Lucky for wine lovers, grapes grow in beautiful regions where you can expand your palate and explore. Uncork and unwind with a vacation to a vineyard or winery. Say salute to Tuscan wines on this tour or spend three days in California’s wine country.