It's normal to umm and aghh a little before booking a retreat. Maybe you're unsure if you "deserve" it. Perhaps you're worried you'll need the money for car insurance later in the year. Maybe you're wondering about the logistics of work / kids / flights etc. etc. But you shouldn't send yourself into a frenzy contemplating it. Every so often you need to abandon all hesitations. And in this instance, just book the trip! Here are some signs that you're in desperate need of a retreat in Portugal...
The last time you took a holiday the word “quinoa” meant nothing outside of South America.
A friend returns from 3 weeks in Vietnam, all bronzed and gushing and sparkly eyed. It gets you thinking about the last time you felt that sweet holiday glow … “I went to a friend’s wedding in Italy in 2009, that was a bit stressful… then there was my backpacking trip in 2003.” If you can hardly remember the last time you took a "real" holiday, a break from life and all of its monotonies, then you are desperately deserving of a surf and Yoga retreat in Portugal.
Your only daily forward folds are done to put on or take off socks.
Tending to your winter woollies is about as close as you get to a Yoga class these days. Forward folds with hands in prayer position? A distant memory of days gone by. Sighhhh. Sounds like it’s time to book a retreat.
You’ve unfollowed every travel blogger slash Yoga addict slash surfer slash health food advocate on social media because the envy was making you nauseous.
Is there anything worse than watching other people’s holidays and Yoga slash surfing capabilities from the discomfort of your chicken coop office chair? Not really. Anyone who holidays for longer than a weekend gets a swift un-follow, because your Yoga retreat envy has hit a new level. This means you’re in need of some Portuguese retreating.
You’ve started taking that little retreat space in your house a bit too seriously
Most of us have a sacred space in our house that we go to when we need to retreat from the world (and by world we even mean beloved children, adored partner, fab roommates and well-meaning parents). Maybe it’s your bathtub. Maybe it’s a manifestation table in your wardrobe. Maybe it’s the garden shed in your backyard. Wherever it is, it’s yours and it’s wonderful. Until it starts getting a little too serious. Like if a builder has given you a quote to soundproof the walls. Or if a feng shui expert has been employed to assess the levels of zen. Or if yellow tape prohibits entry from intruders. These are all signs you might be getting a little loco over your special space, which is a sign in itself that you may be in desperate need of a more legitimate retreat. A surf and Yoga retreat in Portugal might simmer down the tension.
Your boss has had a word to you about your internet usage
Squirm. That awkward conversation about your time spent perusing travel sites at work. Maybe you can disguise transcendentalmeditation.com as "trying to improve your work performance,” but Conde Nast Traveller? Hmmm. Unless you’re a travel agent, there’s no waxing over this one. Just move past the procrastination and book yourself a holiday.
We'll be waiting to greet you on the flip side!