What is Wellness Travel?
When you hear "Wellness travel", what comes to mind? Does wellness travel make you envision sitting in solitude in a yoga posture or meditating for hours? In reality, wellness travel is not just about meditation and yoga. It is about jumpstarting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Available on land or at sea, your wellness escape could involve personal pampering (think spa treatments) or combine pampering with fitness. Most wellness vacations are active vacations out in nature, whether that's hiking or kayaking or biking, or they involve indoor activities such as fitness classes, cooking classes, or time with a holistic healer, such as an Ayurvedic doctor, to help cleanse your emotional and spiritual side. And for all the cruise lovers, many cruise lines offer full wellness options or wellness weeks! In essence, wellness vacations incorporate the whole individual-mind, body and soul.
If you are feeling stressed and in need of a digital detox, it may be time to start thinking about a wellness vacation.
Why Take a Wellness Vacation?
Wellness vacations can have a single focus or include a combination of the activities below. Why not go hiking, take a cooking lesson, a yoga class and then end your day with a relaxing massage? Sounds like the perfect vacation for wellness lovers!
1) Weight Loss/Nutrition/Healthy Eating
Some people are tired of the yo-yo dieting and really want to form healthy habits from the ground up that are sustainable over time. There are wellness resorts and destination spas that focus on weight loss and healthy eating where you can discover the right foods to eat for healthy nutrition and to lose weight organically. These resorts offer nutrition and healthy cooking classes and also offer vegan, vegetarian, and farm-to-table options. Some even offer medically-supervised weight loss to help manage issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure or hypertension.
Whether you want to jumpstart or maintain your fitness routine, there are destination spas or wellness resorts that offer a variety of options to help you discover new ways to keep fit. This could include yoga, exercise classes, hiking, water sports, personal training, and much more.
3) Relaxation and Pampering
Sometimes you just need to get away and nurture yourself. Spa treatments, such as massages, facials, body wraps, and water treatments, are wonderful but wellness resorts also offer information on how to reduce stress and be more mindful and centered.
4) Maintain An Active Lifestyle
If you are already active and want to extend those habits when you are on vacation, there are many destinations that are well suited to the fitness-oriented getaways. Whether it's skiing in Vail or sand boarding in Peru, there are myriad options to keep fit on your next vacation.
5) Focus On Your Emotional Well Being
There are times in your life that you may feel the toll of stress physically manifest itself as illnesses in your body. There are also life events, such as loss of a loved one, where you need the support and counseling of a professional. There are several Wellness resorts that employ professional grief and trauma counselors to help you deal with and cleanse the emotional weight you are carrying. There are also therapeutic effects of being able to escape the stresses of your daily routine and take time to get centered at a Wellness Retreat.
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