If getting in the water is your way of shaking off stress, then there are wonderful short breaks out there to awaken the senses. Croatia is close and simply made for sailing, with the Elaphiti Islands just off Dubrovnik. As the sea isn’t tidal, you can cover good distances in short periods of time. Kayaking is slower, but there is nothing like paddling up to the prettiest of beaches on uninhabited islands. Or just staying on one, such as Lopud, and kayaking out to different coves every day. Paddling in Pembrokeshire might not be as warm, but it is way up there in the prettiness stakes and, given that it is the home of coasteering, it certainly is always exhilarating.