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52 Ways To Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #14 Enjoy A Mindful Robin Hood's Bay Stay

52 Ways To Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #14 Enjoy A Mindful Robin Hood's Bay Stay

Enjoy A Mindful Robin Hood's Bay Stay

Do you struggle with switching off completely when on holiday?

Would you love to learn how to get the most out of your holiday, leaving daily life behind?

Here are your 10 hacks to help you escape the rat race and truly enjoy your holiday. Letting all daily home and work life factors just wash away with the tide. 


Are you used to coming home to having to sort the kids' uniforms out? Or maybe sorting the work to do list out and preparing for the dreaded first day back? And you haven’t even left for your holiday. The stress just builds up towards the end of your holiday. Preventing you and everyone with you from really enjoying your last few days or hours.

Preparation is key. Get the school and or work uniforms cleaned, ironed and ready to go before you go. Write the first day back to-do list. Don’t make any appointments for your first day back. Keep this day clear for reading and responding to emails and generally catching up. 

Plan & Include Everyone's Needs

Do you often wake up on holiday with no clue what to do? You try to discuss it, this then turns into an argument. No one makes a decision out of politeness and trying to save more arguments. Before you know it half the day has gone and you haven’t even left the building. Sound familiar?

Plan before you go. Do your research. Get everyone to suggest 3 things they would really love to do. Put them all together and build a plan round this remembering to include rest time. You could also do this for eating out. This way everyone’s holiday interests are met and no one misses out. Getting the most out of your time away.

Switch Off From Work Life or School Life

Do you find yourself bombarded with work emails or calls whilst on holiday? Maybe the kids have homework to be submitted when they return? Does this leave you feeling frustrated, agitated and unable to switch off from it all completely?

School solution. Prioritise. If the homework can wait until the days after your return, let it wait. Ideally get it out the way before you go or during the journey. Then forget about it.

Work Solution. Communicate and plan ahead. Let people know you will be going on holiday or vacation. Set your out of office automated email response and answerphone message clearly stating when you will be away till. Receiving a call anyway? Let it go to the answerphone.

If there is no way around completely escaping work, set yourself a window to do this each day. A small time slot that won’t affect holiday plans and stick to it.


On holiday it is so tempting to go crazy cramming in as much as possible to your day. You just want to get as much out of it as possible.

Rest is so important. You want to avoid holiday burnout. You also don’t want to be left feeling like you need a holiday after your holiday.

Plan in a few lie-ins, restful evenings or a half day of rest. Especially if you have planned some adventurous days out. Maybe have a movie night, a long late Brunch or a relaxing picnic.

Do Something You Love

Let yourself enjoy something you love. Something that you just never get time to do at home in everyday life. You might love to read, paint, craft, build models, knit or crochet, take photos, a cooking class or wild swimming.

Whatever it is that you really love but rarely have time for allow yourself this.

Make Time For Eachother

Whether you are a couple, a family or a group of friends it is so important to connect. Make time for eachother simply by eating a meal that you have cooked together. Sit and play board games together. Take a walk together, turn off your phones and really enjoy eachothers company. Have conversations with each other.

Remember to smile at, laugh with, listen to and hug each other. 

Make Time For You

This can be anything, anything that is for just you. A walk alone amongst nature. Time spent looking at the stars. A run. A long soak in the bath. Meditating. There’s no right or wrong answer. This is yours and yours only.

If you have kids that are reliant on you, or pets maybe, be kind. Help one another, offer to take the kids or walk the dog while the other has their me time.

If you’re a single parent, wait till the children are sound asleep or while they are preoccupied in an activity. Then enjoy your you time.

Explore & Be Adventurous

Exploring your holiday destination is certainly part of the fun and a great way to exercise.

Holiday there regularly? Make it your mission to discover and explore at least one new thing about your vacation destination.

Book activities or experiences together, hike, learn a new skill, go on a tour. Why not try your hand at something you had never thought of doing before. You might just find you love it.

You could all pick one activity each and vote for the one that you all want to do most. Feeling really adventurous? Try them all. 

Nourish Yourself

There's no better way to nourish yourself on holiday than to eat the local food. Why? Because its journey is small. It won’t have traveled far meaning it will be fresher and retain more flavour and nutrients.

Eat the local seafood and it will taste different to what you get in the supermarket. It will taste of the sea just like it is supposed to. Try the local Ale or Gin and it will taste of your surroundings. You will quite literally satisfy every one of your senses with every bite or drop.

Meet New People

Do you remember when you were young on holiday with your parents? You would make a friend or two, have adventures together and build stories to tell. If you’re a parent just like your own children will.

Reignite that feeling of nostalgia and befriend other holiday makers. Someone in the pub, your holiday next door neighbour, the person standing next to you. Even just a simple hello. You might just get a top tip or recommendation or find something out you never knew about your holiday destination.

Meeting new people can ignite new friendships. Ones that can last a lifetime. 

Robin Hood’s Bay

Perched on the coast between the surrounding cliffs of Scarborough and Whitby sits a Bay. The backdrop of the Bay is an old Yorkshire fishing village. This is Robin Hood’s Bay, the gem on the picturesque coastal edge of the North York Moors National.

Built on a steep hill the old 17th Century village heads down to the Bay. Winding streets, steep steps and cobbled alleyways make up what was once called Baytown. A maze of a village it’s easy to get lost here in Robin Hood’s Bay. Just all part of the magic of what makes it so special.

Robin Hood’s Bay harbours a deep rooted history of smuggling. The Kings Beck, cottage cellars, secret passages and snickets all helped with the illicit activities. Smuggling of Rum, Tea, Silk and Tobacco. There wasn't a person in the village that didn't participate in the illegal activities. Be it the smuggling, hiding, transporting or protecting of the secret goings on.

Legend has it that contraband could leave the Bay and reach the top of the village without ever seeing daylight.You can still see evidence of Robin Hood’s Bay’s smuggling past to this day and you can learn more at the local museum.

Stay A While

Relaxing Coastal Escapes in Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

Sam and Sian have been helping you make memories and relax on the coast since April 2017.

Baytown Holiday Cottages is a small North Yorkshire Booking Agency specialising in the Robin Hood’s Bay area of the North York Moors National Park.

Two locals who know the area and the cottages inside Out. Their home, their workplace and their playground. Helping you find your escape by the sea

So why not stay for a while in one of the Best Robin Hood’s Bay Holiday Cottages.

Smaller properties are available from 2 nights and the larger properties from 3 nights. All dependent on the time of year. All of our cottages are priced accordingly throughout the year. All of our properties feature in size order. Largest to smallest as you scroll down the Accommodation Page.

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