Wellness travel, voluntourism, sustainable travel. Especially in a post-pandemic world, we hear these buzzwords more often as we are encouraged to slow down, connect in different ways, and shift our focus.
But what really is wellness travel? According to the Wellness Tourism Association, wellness travel allows travelers to maintain, enhance, or begin a healthy lifestyle. It supports or increases your sense of well-being, both mentally and physically. This is achieved through the experiences you have while traveling. The goal and benefit are to feel energized and rejuvenated.
Some of the most common wellness travel styles include spa retreats or spa enhancements, fitness trends like hotel brands adding Peloton spin bikes to their gyms, and physical activities to a vacation that support a healthy lifestyle. In addition, people are often described as primary or secondary wellness tourists. A primary wellness tourist is a person that creates a trip around the idea of wellness. In contrast, a secondary wellness tourist includes wellness activities while traveling.
There is no “one size fits all” in wellness travel. But to feel energized, relaxed, and have a sense of joy in your travels, consider some of these activities for your next vacation.
• Hiking • Surfing or Paddleboarding
• Kayaking • Snorkeling
• Yoga • Tai chi
• Massage therapy
• Spa experiences at mineral baths or saunas
• Voluntourism – book activities that support a local community.
Many travelers that try these activities while vacationing tend to disconnect from technology more, feel reduced stress, and notice improved moods.
What does wellness mean to you? Do you have a favorite activity to do while on vacation to relax and recharge?
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