We all need to get away from the stress of everyday life now and then, and a relaxing weekend break is often the perfect remedy; offering the benefits of a trip abroad without any of the hassle of planning a “proper” holiday. For anyone looking to plan their own relaxing break, The Lake District is the ideal destination, and you’ll be relaxing in no time if you follow these four golden rules.

Make Your Journey Stress-Free

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The first step to planning a relaxing break in The Lake District is having a travel plan in place to ensure that your journey is stress-free so you can start relaxing before you even reach your destination. If you are travelling by car then it’s a good idea to check the traffic before you set off to ensure that you won’t spend most of your time sitting in a gridlock. It goes without saying that you should also double-check that you have the correct address and postcode for your destination and are using some form of sat-nav, rather than setting off with a vague idea of where you are going – there’s nothing worse than realising halfway through your journey that you are either totally lost or going the wrong way. For those travelling by public transport or flying to their weekend break destination, similar rules apply for a stress-free journey; ensure that you have your tickets, know exactly where you’re going, and allocate enough time for all parts of your journey – trains can be delayed, airports often have long queues at security, and coaches will usually stop at a service station to allow passengers to stretch their legs. With some planning and preparation, your weekend will be off to a relaxing start from the moment you close your front door.

Book a Hotel with a (Good!) Spa

There’s nothing worse than ruining your relaxing break by booking a busy family hotel or one that is in a popular location. For a relaxing weekend, look for a hotel with its own grounds and a spa, where you will be able to get away from the world and really unwind. Not all hotel spas are created equal though. We’ve all had the misfortune of at one time or another booking a hotel advertising spa facilities only to be greeted by a lacklustre combination of a sauna, swimming pool, and hot tub – not the spa facilities you were looking forward to relaxing in. The Lake District probably isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when you think of spa breaks, but thankfully there are plenty of high-quality spas to choose from in the area, offer the kind of luxury treatments you could expect from their city centre counterparts.

Make the Most of The World-Famous Scenery

It would be a real shame to plan a break in The Lake District and not take advantage of the breathtaking scenery it has to offer. With so many different walking and hiking routes to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice in The Lake District. Pack a good pair of hiking boots, and set out with a packed lunch for the day and you’ll be sure to return relaxed, having cleared your mind of any stress.

Remember to Actually Relax

The whole point of planning a relaxing break is to give yourself an opportunity to unwind, so don’t let yourself get stressed over minor details or get bogged down with overplanning the entire weekend. Sometimes planning a relaxing break is just about getting away from everyday life, sitting back and relaxing with a good book and order some room service.