Forest Holidays

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Last week my wife and I went on holiday to the Forest of Dean and stayed on an amazing Forest Holidays site. We had our own cabin in the woods and our very own hot tub for the week. Forest Holidays haven’t paid me or asked me to write this blog, but now that I am a fully-fledged Forest Holidays evangelist I just had to write it as it was one of the best holidays I have ever had.

In a world where everything is non stop, with technology in your face every second of the waking day, it was so good to go to a place where we had no phone signal and no Wi-Fi unless we wanted to pay for it, so we didn’t and had a nearly technology free week. The only things we did were, use a camera and play music. I have to confess to a couple of times of reaching to my pocket for my phone and stopping myself. I think we are so ingrained to having to be on our phone or looking at a screen all the time that it is such a habit to break but I am so glad we did.

The cabins themselves are so modern. They even had under floor heating. It was just so nice walking around and feeling the warmth in your feet. The lounge had a lovely comfortable corner sofa, the kitchen had everything you could need, the beds were great and we even had an en suite bathroom.

Peaceful

This holiday was so peaceful; that it was the first time I have taken a book on holiday and finished it. It may not seem like much but I was so proud that I finally finished a book on holiday. Not only this but my wife got time to knit her latest project and get everything she could get done, done.

The views all around were stunning and the walks were just beautiful. There seemed like an infinite number of different paths and routes we could have taken around the Forest, so each day every walk was different. To be able to not see or hear cars on a walk was just incredible. It was a proper back to nature experience.

Birdsong

Another highlight for me was the birdsong. Now you can hear birds in many places but never have I heard them so clear and heard so many different types of birdsong. I can’t remember a time or place where I have felt as relaxed or peaceful than I felt last week on holiday.

Then there was the hot tub. A hot tub in the woods is just the most amazing thing. Just soaking away and looking up at all the trees in the forest with the sun shine peering through. Hot tubs and a forest are just a winning combination.

So if you are looking for somewhere to go for your next holiday, I would highly recommend checking them out:

https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/

We loved it so much that we are already planning to go back next year.

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Rested and recharged

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In the UK, many of us this weekend just gone, will have been enjoying 3 days off work for the Bank Holiday weekend. Weekends for me normally go way too fast and before I know it I am back at work again but that extra day makes all the difference when we get a Bank Holiday weekend. Instead of feeling like I haven’t really had a break, I will go back to work this week a bit more rested and happy in the knowledge that only a 4-day week lies ahead of me.

Scared of taking a break

In today’s world there seems to be many in our society that are on the go 24/7. People who are constantly chasing success, constantly trying to achieve something or make something happen. Many people out there seem to be scared of stopping and taking a break and many that think success is all about being busy or being seen to be busy.

I wouldn’t want to do business with someone that is too scared to rest. To me if someone is too scared to rest they are scared of losing things and I would rather do business with people who aren’t scared of losing things, but who want to achieve something.

Lazy is an opinion

I think we as a society need to stop looking at people who rest as lazy. Yes there are lazy people in this world, but they are only lazy in your opinion. If it is someone’s goal just to have the most peaceful and restful life they can, what is wrong with that? If you want to be a busy person that is your decision, don’t think that everyone else should be or look down on others who aren’t as busy as you.

To me the only sure fire way to long-term success is to rest well. Having the ability to rest properly enables us to make the most of our awake time. These last few weeks my wife and I have been watching the World Athletics Championships and the thing that strikes me is that those who are on top of their game are the ones who know the importance of rest and looking after their body. Yes these athletes train harder than anyone else in their field, but they wouldn’t be able to do this without their rest, as it is the rest that restores and repairs them to go again the next day.

Making the right decisions

One of the main factors of success is making the right decisions and I always find that the best decisions are made when you are thinking clearly, I don’t think many great decisions get made when you are tired. Tiredness I find stops me from thinking clearly or thinking before I speak. I want to make sure in life that I make great decisions all the time, as it only takes a few bad ones to send you down a path that you don’t want to go and that isn’t the best for you.

So the two things I always want to do in life are, know what I want to achieve and to do it in the best and healthiest way properly. The key to this I think is resting well.

Holiday

I have now been back in the country for more than a week but I am still buzzing after two weeks spent roadtripping across America.

The buzz has inspired me to write this blog post on the importance of holidays. Now I am more than aware that being in a position to take and afford holidays is a privileged position because not everyone is able to, but I think those that can should. Holidays can be expensive depending on where and when you go but I think they bring back a lot more value in other ways.

The two main things a holiday can do the first is give you energy by being away from work or school and removing the stress and strains for a little while, the second is give you memories that will last a life time. If you had stayed at home that last Tuesday would have followed the same pattern as any other but by being away you remember it so much more clearly as it is different and because you aren’t doing things on holiday that you do everyday it lodges memories that you will never forget.

I think you can learn a lot by going to another country. Before you leave you get to test your planning and organizing skills to jump through the necessary hoops to make it happen. Whilst out there you will be really working on your communication skills especially if there is a language barrier and you will also be learning how to communicate with people of a different culture and background.

I think going on holiday can bring you back a better person with more understanding of others and a knowledge of a different culture which are all helpful in day to day life.

So go for the sun, the food, the entertainment or whatever your reasons are for choosing a holiday destination and I promise that you will benefit from your holiday in more ways than you originally thought. Not sure when my next holiday will be but I know I will treasure it when I go on it.