FriFotos: How To Relax While Traveling

Traveling can be stressful, especially long-term travel. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to relax while traveling, this week’s FriFotos theme. Below are some of my favorite ways to relax on the road but I’m curious, what are yours? Share your comments and advice below!

Take a hike through the mountains

Bich Dong Pagoda
The view from Bich Dong Pagoda in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Find a nice, quiet beach

Relax while traveling at Morong Beach, Sabtang Island, Batanes
The iconic arch at Morong Beach on Sabtang Island, Batanes, Philippines

Turn off your phone and go eat lunch with some locals

Eating lunch with a local family in Sumatra, Indonesia
Eating lunch with a local family in Sumatra, Indonesia

Or if you do have to work, at least get an office with a view

Relax while traveling by getting an office with a view
My office in Jogja, Indonesia

  FriFotos: How To Chill Indonesian Style

Get a massage with friends

(With my travelin’ buddies Seattle of Seattle’s Travels and Ryan of Just Chuckin’ It)

And there you have it, the top five ways to relax while on the road.

Which way is your favorite?

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About Derek Freal

"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel." ย  Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.

18 thoughts on “FriFotos: How To Relax While Traveling”

  1. Ha, nice chillaxing photos…sorry RELAX photos. Thanks for the shoutout, that was a pretty decent massage that night, thought a tad overpriced haha.

    • No problem. Actually I meant to make both yours and Seattle’s links but rushed to publish the post before heading out to breakfast and completely forgot. Will fix that momentarily. Speaking of, I’ve definitely linked to your blog in more of my posts than any other. Curious if you have seen any noticeable traffic come your way from it? Also curious if you ever saw my Occupational Hazards Of Travel Blogging post, which does feature a somewhat less-than-glamorous photo of you. (Sorry! It just fit so well.)

      Oh and I saw your comments a few days ago but haven’t had time to reply to them, trying to finish a project for a new client now. Will respond this weekend, I promise. Anyway, greetings from Singapore (it’s freakin’ pouring here right now) and best wishes bro ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Completely agreed Mike! I’m in Singapore now but looking forward to getting back to Jogja where both my chiropractor and my favorite massage parlor in all of southeast Asia are. I’m in need of some serious pampering ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I definitely agree and you’re right, we don’t have to be in a foreign country to have lunch with locals. Even way back when I was traveling around my own country I would often stop for food at small family-run restaurants or diners and strike up conversations with people there. Plus that’s how you find out some of the best things to do in the surrounding areas — by talking with the locals ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Love connecting with locals Derek, but I was specifically thinking in terms of turning off your smartphone. We need to do that more often, and be in the moment.

        • Hahaha whoops. But yeah I definitely agree with that as well. Especially for us bloggers, we have a habit of always being on Instagram or Twitter or whatever, instead of actually living in the moment. It can be a tough balancing act sometimes, which is why I find it easier to just turn off the phone and leave it at home (and by that I mean the hotel lol) occasionally.

    • Thanks! That photo was actually taken with my phone, as were the last two. Occasionally the darn thing actually manages to take some decent photos…key word being ‘occasionally.’ By contrast look at the final photo, the one from Instagram…absolutely horrid. Not sure whether to blame my phone, the darkness, improper lighting, my unsteady hand due to the aggressive muscle-kneading going on just out of frame or all four.


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