Remedy to Vacation and Anxiety

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Have you ever felt super excited to go on vacation and yet, anxious at the same time? We have good news for you! We will help you get to the root of the issue so you can go confident on your long deserved vacation leaving behind any anxiety.  

Why do I feel anxious right before my vacation

First of all, you are not the only one! Many people feel this anxiety before leaving for vacation. This is even truer for those people who tend to be in control of everything happening around them. Going on vacation is something absolutely beautiful because of the new places you will see, the people you will meet, the wonderful experiences just waiting for you to happen, the relax and the fun. 

All this is good stuff but it also means you have to explore the unknown and that is exactly why some people start to stress out. 

The trick? Familiarize with your itinerary before you leave, this will help you a great deal. Hard to believe? Let’s do a quick and simple experiment: picture yourself in a pitch dark room trying to find the door or the light switch…you will be most likely moving very slowly with your hands straight in front of you to feel any obstacles that might be in your way and afraid to trip over something. 

You get the idea right?

Now, picture the same situation but this dark room is your bedroom, you will be absolutely fine because here even in the darkness of the night, because it is a very familiar place and you know exactly where the door or the light switch is so you have nothing to fear.

The same concept can be applied for your vacation anxiety, the more familiar you are with the itinerary, the less stressed you will be.

Agriturismo Serafina

What else can you do to enjoy your vacation?

Easy! You need to carefully select and trust the company planning your vacation. A company like BeeYond Travel falls into the “boutique” Tour Operator category so that means we have chosen to work with fewer clients but service them completely from start to end. We have also chosen to only specialize in few selected regions of Italy: Puglia and Sicily so we can really focus on these areas.

What does this all mean? It means that we are able to add the personal element often missed and so important for you. It means we personally know every villa, every supplier and this allow us to better match your needs. 

In addition, we have chosen to only work with those suppliers who share our same vision because they truly are an extension of our Team.

Real people, real stories

An example is our latest addition to the Villas/Accommodations portfolio: Agriturismo Serafina in Otranto. We have personally known the family behind this oasis of paradise in one of the most idyllic area all over Italy and in the world. Although they have this incredible place, their accommodations are geared to a clientele different from our typical Traveller so we could not work together. 

Until now!!!

All this changed when they decided to build the first and only apartment which matches our Travellers needs. We could not be happier to add this apartment to our inventory because the apartment is only the beginning of your incredible vacation. Upon check-in, you will immediately feel “at home” and with “Family”; everything will feel right and now the circle is closed…you can “let go”, because there is nothing else that can stop you from having an amazing vacation. When you come back, you will be thanking us for connecting you with such amazing people and the out-of-this-world homemade pastries prepared directly by Gabriella daily.

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an emotion to be experienced slowly

How many of you have ever tried to prepare a recipe seen on TV? How many, during this social distancing times, have followed video lessons with starred chefs who explain how to prepare a dish that you could only taste at the restaurant?

Let's face it, everyone, or almost everyone, has tried these experiences.

Many people nowadays follow online recipes considering that staying at home, is important to overcome this difficult moment. We know how much you enjoy delicious meals while you are on vacation so, we want to remind you that in Puglia preparing a recipe is a ritual, a sort of cathartic moment in which you go from everyday frenzy, to the therapeutic slowness of family moments.

Why not live this moment at least once in your life?

The online experiences to which we are now forced, sooner or later, fortunately, will end and we will be able to return to live true emotions, made of smiles and human contacts.

This is why we at Beeyond Travel have come up with this therapeutic experience

An experience for the palate and the mind, in an exceptional location, just outside the walls of Lecce’s historic center. Learning how to eat well is not only a must for our health, it is also living a unique moment, which you will remember for a long, long time.

So, ready to experience the Apulian cuisine?

Apulian cuisine is now considered one of the best in the world. Be careful though, we are not talking about a simple meal, we are talking about a real dining experience. We are talking about a dream to live with your travel companions. There is a subtle difference between a holiday and a dream; this subtle difference lies in the importance we give to the emotions that dream is able to awake.

What is the secret ingredient of Slow Dining in Puglia?

The secret ingredient is the Time we dedicate to this dream…lots of time. The secret ingredient is to live everything slowly, forgetting the ticking clock. Salento is the ideal place to experience this pleasant slowness and take the time to truly enjoy farm to table cuisine.

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What do they eat in Puglia?

What do they eat in Puglia?

Is Puglia a true culinary destination?

Il Lupo e La Rondine

By Il Lupo e La Rondine for BeeYond Travel

It is now known that Puglia is one of the most popular destinations of the moment, and the “Apulians” are insanely grateful to the world for this. We are sure they don’t mind to be in the spotlight, especially when they are asked to show the world what they do best.

You are wondering, what is it that they do best, right? But cooking, of course!

Food here is tradition, culture, it is part of their daily lives. Even the National Geographic, one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world, has also picked up on this. They were so intrigued by this food habit that they dedicated this beautiful article to the region.

In short, National Geographic highlighted the qualities of the Apulian cuisine including the sustainability of the production processes of raw materials, the primacy of excellence of raw fish, and the simplicity of the ingredients of the best known recipes.

In the article, the author named five must-eat items in Puglia: the Apulian Focaccia, the Apulian mozzarella, the wine, mainly red and intense – just think of Primitivo di Manduria,  orecchiette pasta with turnip greens (cime di rapa) and of course fish.

So, what do they also eat in Puglia? Since we know Puglia inside out, we hope the National Geographic will not mind if we add four more dishes to the list.

Paste di Mandorla

They are the queens of the holidays in Puglia. They are also given away for weddings in some towns. Very famous are those of Turi, in the province of Bari, which are real miniature works of art. For the almond, the choice should fall only and exclusively on the Almond of Toritto (BA), a Slow Food presidium. An almond of ancient origins and with very valuable organoleptic properties.


His majesty the panzerotto, we would add. In Puglia he is a real companion of adventures, of evenings with friends. It is a gastronomic street food specialty, a circle of stuffed pasta, closed on itself to form a crescent moon, typical of the regions of central and southern Italy.


Just say this word in Puglia and Sunday lunch immediately comes to mind, when the whole family comes together waiting to taste a nice plate of veal chops, meat rolls with garlic and parsley, cooked in tomato sauce.

Patate, Riso e Cozze

The famous tiella barese, made with rice, potatoes and mussels, in fact. Three simple ingredients, but which, combined, create one of the tastiest dishes of the Apulian cuisine.

In short, whatever they eat in Puglia seems to be a dish to absolutely try.

You just have to book your stay, perhaps choosing one of the amazing BeeYond Travel villas, where, after taking part in a cooking class – always by BeeYond Travel – you can actually try preparing one of the dishes listed above and offer it to your friends & family, on a warm summer evening to spend by the pool in the beautiful Puglia.

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Pajare, old stone houses guardians of simple life

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Yesterday, while I was jogging in the countryside just outside Lecce with a good friend of mine from the area, I was listening to him talking about an old “Pajara” (old stone house typical in the Salento) in the area and it sparked my enthusiasm.

He said to me: “you know, it is not far from here, you want to go?”, I said YES right away.

So, right, left, left, straight through a dense forest of Lecci (Quercus ilex) that extends for about 60 ha and about 20 minutes later there it is the “Pagliarone”, used by the farmers of Salento as a place to rest after a busy day of work or to escape a sudden storm, the pajare, often, served also as real summer homes, ideal for close monitoring, both the livestock and the most delicate crops.

Built, tendentially, conical, interlocking and overlapping stones of dimensions also very different from each other, the pajare are a real architectural gem, characterized by the peculiarity of the roof that is supported by the stones that form the side walls and by the force of gravity.

In addition, the pajare have the ability to keep the environment cool and dry, even during the hottest hours and in the presence of torrid and intense temperatures.

I could not resist and I had to climb up to the roof from the exterior stone steps and once up there, the feeling of peace, infinity, and serenity immediately took over. It was luxury!!! The green sneaker you see in one of the pictures is mine, proof of that special moment I experienced.

Among my future goals for BeeYond Travel is to find a restored group of “Pajare” and add them to my portfolio so you can experience simple authentic living at its best and feel truly connected with the entire universe.

Until then, stay healthy and safe travels my friends.

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