Happiness Is Being On The Road Again

Hotel Bareiss In The Black Forest Of Germany

Happiness is being on the road again. Roads that weave through beautiful countryside where cows with huge bells graze in the fields. Picturesque mountains covered in thick forests and storybook villages where you see men in lederhosen and women in traditional dresses. Yes, we are on the road again.

The strong desire to travel had been in the back of my mind for the last year but Covid and personal health issues kept it from becoming a reality. I really thought that my husband and I might not get to make another trip to Europe. However, it only took a couple of days after being cleared by all my doctors that it would be safe for me to travel, that my husband and I started planning a last minute trip to Germany and Austria.

In three short weeks, I made reservations with wellness and spa hotels located in beautiful regions such as the Black Forest, Bavaria and the Tirol that we love so much. We will be visiting two highly rated German hotels that we have never stayed at before as well as six of our all time favorites. We plan to make use of the wonderful facilities that each of the award winning hotels are known for. It will be good to erase the stress of this past year and relax and reinvigorate both body and mind. Beautiful surroundings, wonderful spas and delicious food…happiness really is being back on the road again.

Wellness and spa hotels are popular destinations for travelers in Europe, especially in Germany and Austria. The hotels offer travelers a little time out from their everyday lives, where they can be pampered and enjoy a large range of wellness activities. However, they are not just about spas and massages. You can play golf, go for a bike ride, horseback or carriage ride, or take a guided hike through forests or trek up a mountain path. You can relax in a whirlpool or enjoy a hot stone massage in the morning and enjoy coffee and cake on a lovely terrace in the afternoon. Then in the evening, you head to the hotel’s restaurant to enjoy multi course dinners created with top quality, regional and seasonal ingredients along with a good bottle of wine. If you are still up for it, many of the hotels offer cocktails and live music after dinner.

A wellness holiday lets you take a deep breath of fresh air and relax and that is just what my husband and I need. Join me over the weeks ahead, as we travel once again to Germany and Austria. We will be driving the back roads past rolling hills planted in grape vines and fruit trees and around the high peaks of the alps. The air will be crip, the leaves will be turning golden and crops will be harvested. There will be small towns filled with beautifully painted buildings and half timbered chalets with window boxes overflowing with flowers and perhaps even a fairytale castle high on a hill.

Of course you know that there will also be photos of the excellent gourmet cooking of a top chef or two paired with wines of the region. There will also be regional dishes that we enjoy all served with some of the best bread and pastries imaginable. What is nice, you won’t gain an ounce as you follow along.

I hope you will enjoy this spur of the moment trip along some of the prettiest back roads of Europe.


There are thousands of spa hotels in Germany and Austria and we will be visiting eight that are located in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, Germany and the Tirol region of Austria. If you are wondering how we discovered the wellness hotels, we use the Relax Guide. Just as I have relied on the Red Michelin Guides to find great restaurants in Europe, the Relax Guide is the ultimate resource for these award winning hotels. The guides are very honest and have been very helpful in planning our trips. They can be found on the internet but they are written in German. They can however, easily be translated through Google or Bing.

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44 thoughts on “Happiness Is Being On The Road Again

  1. So EXCITED to see you guys traveling and exploring & Cannot Wait to Read About Your Adventures!!! Just give me a spa lounger and a dessert cart and I would be set – ha! Maybe a few drinks would be nice too. Happy Traveling – Enjoy 🙂

  2. Sounds like a wonderful adventure! We’re about to travel internationally too — first time since 2020. Looking forward to reading more about your trip!

  3. We just came back from 3 glorious weeks back home in Northern Italy (Dolomites, Lake Garda, Piedmont Region, Lake Como). After 4 long years this was truly medicine for body and soul! So glad you are well and traveling again and I wish you the most “recharging” experience. Looking forward to read all about this wellness-focused trip.

  4. Oh my goodness. I am so happy for you and I can’t wait to follow along. My daughter was in Germany and Austria a few months ago and her Instagram shots and blog posts have almost convinced us to tack on a few days to our France trip next year. I imagine what I see here in the next few weeks will put that destination squarely on the itinerary. This post was a great start! Enjoy.

  5. Hi Karen, so pleased to hear that you are back in good health and travelling again. I have had a break from blogging and I hope to continue once again. Lovely photos as always, Diane

  6. Hi Karen, I’m so happy for you and hope you are having the best time. It’s been way too long since we’ve seen the beautiful country sides and architecture of your European travels! Enjoy every minute and I can’t wait to see all your new adventures through your photos!

  7. So glad to hear you are on the road again! And to Germany too! If you are going to be anywhere near Regensburg, do let me know… I look forward to hearing about where you visit and all the delicious food you will find. 😉 Happy travels!

  8. How fantastic to have you back and see you travelling in Austria and Germany! The food looks amazing, especially the octopus and I love your shot of the Sacher torte with snow capped mountains.

  9. The good news is you are good to travel! The hubby still isn’t willling to visit far from home, and I’m antsy to go somewhere since our travel plans for the last couple of years were cancelled. Enjoy and keep on sharing.

  10. Sounds as though you’re having a fabulous time, Karen — you both deserve every wonderful moment!

  11. I am so very happy for you both! How wonderful that you can travel again. I’ll be sneaking into your suitcase. Don’t mind me… I’ll just rest myself where the wine and cheese and desserts are served.
    Looking forward to when you share all the wonderful sights with us.
    Enjoy every moment my friends!

  12. Karen, it is so good to see you writing here today. I hope you and your husband enjoy your coming trip, and I look forward to seeing the photographs and reading your words. Travel safe and stay well.

  13. Hooray! I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying your “happy place” and traveling after such a long time being sidelined. It’s also a very good indication that your treatment has been going well. It’s a wonderful update, Karen, with beautiful photos to prove how special this time is. 🙂

  14. Looks and sounds absolutely wonderful. Soak up all that beauty and freedom that comes from being on the road. I can sense your excitement. Enjoy!!!

  15. I’m so happy for you! And what an amazing trip to plan. Everything looks so beautiful and relaxing. I hope you enjoy every single minute! Looking forward to hearing about it. 🙂 ~Valentina

  16. I know how much you love to travel and I’m so glad you are able to do so again. I’ve had similar thoughts about “have I had my last trip to Europe?” over the past few years, between Covid and health stuff. I’m determined to get out of here in 2023 and go. It’s time.

  17. Oh Karen, I’m so happy you are traveling again! And wow, what a trip! The scenery is incredible and you always stay at the most luxurious places! I love to armchair travel and dine with you, and am so happy you are well enough to travel again!

  18. I am so glad that you’ve managed to get over such a frightful year, you definitely deserve to be pampered in European luxury. I’ve alway read about your travels with awe. I hope you have a lovely time.

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