Ultimately, holidays mean different things to different people. Some people want adventure and culture, others want to meet people and have fun. But most people admit that they’re a little overworked and that they really just need to recharge their batteries, so we hope this article will help a few readers make their next trip to Kefalonia their most relaxing holiday yet.

1#. Wake-up early and watch the sunrise

Wake-up early and watch the sunrise

If it’s possible, there is nothing quite reassuring as watching the first moments of daylight creep across the sky, chasing away the night. Sometimes, the sun is so beautiful, it can feel like heaven. We are blessed with this every day, and that's special. It's a little bit like heaven. When you see the sunrise chances are that it will put you in a better mood. It actually has been proven to relieve stress and have many physical benefits too.

2#. Exercise and Eat

Exercise and Eat

Greet the day with morning walk or running by the sea or wander Kefalonia roads until hunger gnaws your belly. What will you have for breakfast? The culinary world is at your fingertips in Kefalonia. Don’t miss the local cheese, yoghurt, honey, delicious pies and loukoumades – all of it is waiting for you!

3#. Take advantage of the weather

Take advantage of the weather

Many of us complain when it’s freezing and snowing out, so try and appreciate this time of year. Eat outside, go for a walk on the beach, enjoy a swim, etc. Go for swimming and tanning. Get outside and soak in the sun and fresh air (and of course wear your sunscreen!). It’s good for your health and overall well-being and happiness.

4#. Pamper yourself

Pamper yourself

Grab your favorite magazine or book and slip into a bubble bath. Make a hair appointment to get a fresh trim. Go treat yourself to manicure and pedicure. Put on a face mask. Go get a massage–specifically a foot massage. Take the time to make yourself feel pretty and special! Your feet take the brunt of your everyday action, and receive so little reward for their faithful service. Sit back and let them receive the attention for once. Any tension you carry will melt right out of your body.

5#. Take the Pressure off to see Everything on the island

Take the Pressure off to see Everything on the island

Kefalonia is one of the few islands which, no matter how long you spend exploring them or how many days you stay there, you will never have enough time to see all its beauty because; every single trip there has something new to reveal. This magnificent island worths a second and a third visit! So take off the pressure and plan your next visit to Kefalonia.

We often put pressure on ourselves to see all the sights of whichever beautiful place we’re visiting. By all means, see the sights, but it’s never conducive to relaxation to beat yourself up because you didn’t see everything while you were away. Instead, it’s a good idea to make peace with yourself and accept the fact that you’re going to see some things (and miss others), but your holiday is more about relaxation than it is about absorbing the entire history and culture of the place. There are different ways of taking pressure off to see everything and you have to find the right strategy for your personality. You may like to make a list of say two or three things you have to see that will be easy enough to manage. Or perhaps you’d find it easier to eschew lists altogether and go with the flow. Whatever you do, take off the pressure; you’re on holiday, relax.

6#. Look quietly at a sunset

Look quietly at a sunset

Wherever you are, take a moment to appreciate a sunset. They are free shows nature has created to make us feel good. Whether you are looking out of the window, sitting on a hillside or on the beach, just look at the spectacle in the sky. Let your mind drift into the changing colours and drifting clouds. As the colours mellow and sun sinks, let your worries and stress drift down with it. Let go of it all. As the day ends let it all float away with the setting sun and relax. Consequently, you’ll sleep better for it.

7#. Sitting on the beach

Sitting on the beach

Just sit here and let yourself be. Let your mind drift of with the movement of the water, the sound of the waves. Let the light sparkles on the surface take you somewhere else. Water is incredibly soothing.

8#. Chill out

Chill out

Go for a dip in the pool or relax in the shade while your kids make a splash. You might even want to try one of these refreshing summer beverages.

9#. Free up time to read

Free up time to read

Being on holiday is the perfect time to read during the day as you’re not working or expending your energy on other activities. It’s fun to see the sights in whichever country you’re in, but also make sure you assign some time to read by the pool or at the beach. If you’re reading in the sun, make sure you wear enough sun cream and to regularly change your sitting position so that you don’t overexpose one area of skin. It’s also important to protect your eyes from the sun. Choose books that pull you along and make you feel whatever you want to feel: thrilled, scared, titillated, emotional, etc. Just read the books you enjoy most.

10#. Have a picnic

Have a picnic

Pack a simple meal and set up in a nearby beach or cove, or even on mountain Ainos! Don't forget to step back and take some much needed time for YOU--it can help you get in touch with your inner self, your interests, emotions and goals for a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.

11#. Open your wings over Kefalonia

Open your wings over Kefalonia

Enjoying the blue waters of Kefalonia island is amazing. What's more amazing though is actually sitting in a chair and flying over the island of Kefalonia to enjoy the most spectacular views of the island! It's a harmless activity that requires no experience or exercise whatsoever. Don't waste time!

Tandem paragliding is a fun activity. You do not need to jump from anywhere, the wing will be fully inflated as you take some steps and then you will be flying, leaving the ground behind. The activity is easy for anyone who can run a bit and weights no more than 110 kgs. The instructor will be handling the main wing, and managing all the technical aspects of your flight. The only thing you have to do is just sit back and enjoy the view!

12#. Weigh anchor and set sail

Weigh anchor and set sail

The best feature of a boating or yachting day is the time to relax. Sailing can be relaxing, whether you are soaking the sun, lying in your hammock or enjoying the beautiful sunset evening you will charge your battery for sure.

Sail along and enjoy the view. Discover Freedom, Deep Relaxation and bring more happiness into your life without a doubt. Enjoy time with those you love.
While in Kefalonia, don’t miss the annual “Varkarola festival” in Assos and Lixouri, where a boat sails into the small ports at night and the artists sing traditional songs “Kandatas”. The serenaders get into a beautiful fishing boat parading in the port and, and sing local songs with their guitars and mandolins, surrounded by lighted torches, numerous smaller boats, visitors and locals gathering around the coast that night to admire the festive and romantic atmosphere.

13#. Look at the moon and stars

Look at the moon and stars

Go outside at night for a romantic walk and look at the sky. The moon’s soft glow and a myriad of starts glittering in the sky. Most of all, let your mind loose as your eyes drift from star to star. Find patterns and constellations. The darkness of the night is like a secure blanket around you, hence, the rest of the world is hidden in it’s folds. Enjoy the peaceful night and the beauty of nature.

14#. Remember what is all about

Remember what is all about

Every step you take begins a new adventure, and every journey helps you come closer to the person you were destined to become. Kefalonia vacations are the perfect opportunity to stretch your wings and seek wisdom in a new place. Just take this time to consider what life is all about. What is your purpose? What really matters the most? Enjoy the Journey; discover your destination…

Let’s not forget the words of a famous Greek poet and his poem “Ithaca” --inspired by Homer’s epic story, The Odyssey.

Ithaca (Ιθάκη)

As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

C. P. Cavafy, "The City" from C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Translation Copyright © 1975, 1992 by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard.
Source: C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems (Princeton University Press, 1975)


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