Wellness is now a big part of tourism, and it doesn’t seem like this travel trend will falter any time soon–and why should it? Peaceful environments with healing properties are beneficial for the human mind and body, making this type of travel the ultimate way to recharge the batteries and heal. So take a look at these 7 wellness travel trends for your inspiration to find serenity.
1. Painmoons – The Newest Trend in Wellness Travel
A painmoon is the newest and most revolutionary trend in wellness travel, showing that overseas trips are not only for celebrations like anniversaries, birthdays and honeymoons. These are destinations where you don’t have to pretend that everything is okay and hide your true feelings. Specialized treatments are designed to help you through rough moments like the death of a loved one, a break up or depression.
The best places to go on a painmoon are those full of nature and lacking technological distractions, like Kamalaya retreat in Thailand or Borgo Egnazia in Italy. You can do yoga, hike, enjoy the spa and Ayurvedic treatments, as well as try floatation tank meditation or a warm towel massage.
2. Healing Holidays Following Breakup or Divorce
Breakups and divorces are hard, and while some people go through them unscathed, others experience an emotional breakdown. The stress is overwhelming and can lead to anxiety, depression and panic disorders–disrupting a person’s life both privately and professionally. This inspired divorce-retreat trend is on the rise since they offer stress management, life coaching and emotional-healing therapy.
Destinations like SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain and Gracefully Divorcing Retreat in Belize are the perfect places to get over a heartbreak and heal emotionally. These establishments have divorce coaches, yoga studios and healthy food with various treatments to help you relax and rejuvenate.
3. Transformative Wellness
Transformative wellness is a spa/boot camp combination where you can try all sorts of adrenaline-boosting activities like kayaking and climbing. These retreats focus on health and fitness to give you a boost to get moving. Perfect for self-improvement, this type of wellness will fill you up with positive energy through healthy nutrition, outdoor activities and relaxing treatments.
Aro Ha Resort in New Zealand and COMO Shambhala Estate Fitness in Bali offer a holistic approach to getting in touch with yourself. Through massages, meditation, yoga and fierce physical activity, you will wake up your body and mind to give you the strength to face anything back home.
4. Active Holiday Escapes
Active holidays are a very popular way to travel and experience a destination through more than sightseeing and cultural activities. This doesn’t mean you will constantly be on a hike, riding a bicycle or climbing rocks, but rather encourages you to get moving and stay physically active. You don’t have to be fit to go on an active holiday, only willing to change your habits by spending less time in a sedentary position. Active lifestyle retreats give you the tools to build your confidence and change your lifestyle.
Destinations like BodyHoliday on Eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia and Soul & Surf in Portugal are great to try some physical activities you usually don’t have access to. You will find a program specifically tailored for you to build your endurance and de-stress with massages and mindfulness.
5. Rise of Nature Immersion Getaways
Mindfulness and mental health are top issues in the world today, which has inspired a trend for nature immersion getaways. Now these destinations usually found in the middle of nowhere are easily accessible by private jets, cars or ferry boats. Being in nature has well-documented benefits for calming the mind, healing depression and reducing stress.
Oceania is full of nature immersion getaways like Arkaba Walk and Body Camp in Australia and Le Meridien in Bora Bora. Here you have everything from clear turquoise waters to dense rainforests perfect for exploring waterfalls, plants, and wildlife.
6. Healthy Fertility Trips
If you are trying to conceive, then a fertility trip is an ideal way to boost your mental and physical health. During this trip you will learn how to meditate, sleep better, eat healthier and exercise to increase your fertility. If you have difficulty getting pregnant, this calming environment may be just what you and your partner need.
Go to new and exciting destinations like Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman and Miraval Spa in Arizona which offer workshops, emotional support, and a holistic approach. Each spa will help improve the immune system and eliminate tension through guided meditation, massages and access to ice caves.
7. Peaceful Sleep Destinations
If you suffer from poor-quality sleep or sleeping disorders, then you may be overly stressed, exhausted or suffer from depression and anxiety as a result. Sleep helps us regenerate both mentally and physically to fight off diseases and stress and to help us lead a healthy lifestyle. There are many wellness retreats in the world specializing in sleep disorders which offer programs and treatments.
Probably the most famous is the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz located among the mountains of St. Gallen in Switzerland. This retreat offers medical consultations, sleep analysis and testing, and access to thermal springs as a part of its clinically designed Sleep Diagnostic Program.
These wellness travel trends will inspire you to seek the best treatment for your body and soul. They are all intended to help you heal, relax and learn how to deal with the stress and expectations of the modern world. But more importantly, they offer an escape from the chaotic and technologically obsessed lives most of us live these days.
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