Aug 26, 2022
From the fast pace of life to the constant buzz around us, stressors from the big city can truly pose long-term threats on our health and well-being. If you’re in the mood for a short getaway in Singapore or a relaxing holiday abroad beyond the usual tourist sights, then consider a random holiday generator like Earth Roulette to find a unique holiday idea at your preferred tour destination! Alternatively, book a customised holiday with travel ateliers ￼like Blue Sky Escapes or keep scrolling for 10 unique holiday ideas on our shortlist!
Floatation therapy is essentially a way of achieving deep relaxation by lying quietly in sensory deprivation tanks. Suspended in a warm solution with 600kgs of Epsom salt, it has been said that the waters can ease stress and body pain, improve mental clarity and concentration and deepen your state of meditation.
Try this unique holiday idea: There’s a dedicated sanctuary for floatation therapy in Singapore. Dip in your own pod for some peace and quiet at Palm Avenue Float Club, which has six pods in individual rooms with a personal shower. You can also turn it into a long weekend staycation by checking in to Capri by Fraser, China Square / Singapore.
Laughter therapy has grown slowly in the last few years, and it’s no surprise why. Infectious and therapeutic, laughter helps release endorphins which help your body relax. It’s also a form of aerobic exercise as laughing tones your muscles, improves respiration and boosts your immune system.
Try this unique holiday idea: Make a trip to the Brighton Laughter Club in Brighton, England, for a laughing good time. Sessions are as low as £6 (S$10), and include songs, games, laughter exercises and deep breathing.
Offering a helping hand to others resets our minds by showing us how small our worldly problems are. This concept has fuelled voluntourism – sustainable getaways where holidaymakers participate in voluntary work. Typically done with charitable organisations, voluntourism can extend to fields such as healthcare, education and even animals. A number of studies have supported the relaxing effects of interacting with animals, showing that they reduce stress hormones, boost feel-good chemicals and make you more mindful. How about heading to an ethical animal sanctuary while you're on holiday? Try this unique holiday idea: Help save the marine environment in Australia, prepare food for pandas in Chengdu, China or head to an ethical animal sanctuary in Thailand.
While a plane might get you to your destination faster, road trips allow you to take in the sights at your own pace minus the crowds. In fact, driving around gives your brain something else to focus on. It allows you a chance to breathe in fresh air and find space from your daily routine. So why not rent a car and go on a long drive with fascinating views?
Try this unique holiday idea: The Middle East has several splendid holiday destinations for those who love going off the beaten track. Check into Fraser Suites Seef, Bahrain before you join a pearling trail tour; or book a room at Fraser Suites Muscat before going on a self-drive tour of Oman to discover its unspoiled, diversified landscapes. Access fishing settlements, white-sand beaches, breath-taking gorges, mountain towns, and lush nature reserves via a network of excellent coastal roadways and interior routes.
Teas made from herbs such as rooibos, rose petals, lavender and chamomile have long been used to promote tranquilly in daily living. If tea is totally your thing, then why not choose a tea-centric tour destination? Many tea-focused holiday destinations offer tea-tasting trails, the chance to speak to plantation owners and to unwind and even stay in lush tea gardens.
Try this unique holiday idea: Head to Baan Rak Thai Village in Thailand for a tea-tasting festival. You’ll try quality tea and enjoy local cultural performances.
In addition to its historical and architectural marvels France is also the land of gastronomy, which merits its fame thanks to its illustrious, upscale cuisine. Why not plan a cooking getaway to alleviate stress? Not only will you learn the culture and traditions of your preferred holiday destination, you’ll also get to make new friends, master new cooking techniques and learn a valuable life skill.
Try this unique holiday idea: Paris, France is popular for its cooking schools and cooking classes that allow guests to connect with the city’s well-loved cuisine. Book a cooking holiday with La Cuisine Paris, which offers two-day boulangerie masterclasses, patisserie and baking lessons, all in English. Best of all, you can practise in your apartment at Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Élysées, Paris, which has a fully equipped, modern kitchen.
If you’re looking for a fun and creative activity to do, why not give art jamming a go? Studies have shown that art can help with anxiety and stress, and is also great in building resilience in ageing adults, making it the perfect holiday idea for the whole family. The materials are all provided, so you won’t have to worry about packing anything.
Try this unique holiday idea: The next time there’s a long weekend in Singapore, head to Arteastiq, a quaint tea shop that blends afternoon tea with art jamming sessions. In the mood for an elevated art jamming experience? Motion Art Space skips the usual paint brushes in favour of motion art jamming – paint the day away with pendulum and spin painting using patent-applied spinners and other pendulum and tray tools.
“The moment my head goes underwater, all noise shuts out and I’m part of their world,” says Darren Jew, Australian marine photographer. Whatever you may call it, diving in the blues with marine life all around sure puts your worries into perspective. According to research from the University of Sheffield Medical School, diving has been shown to boost mood, encourage mindfulness, and reduce sleeplessness. It also lowers levels of anxiety, depression, and social functioning.
Try this unique holiday idea: Malaysia is known for its towering skyscrapers, bustling foodie markets, immaculate beaches and verdant jungles. But did you know it’s also home to some of the most rewarding diving locations in the world? One of the world’s top diving hotspots is Pulau Sipadan, just off the coast of the state of Sabah. At this diver’s paradise you’ll find colourful coral reefs, impressive marine life and, some divers say, a “swirling vortex of barracuda” just off Barracuda Point.