WHY WELLNESS TRAVEL ISN’T JUST A TREND
By Jane Coloccia
Wellness travel is hotter than ever and according to Virtuoso, a network of the best luxury travel agencies, “Wellness travel might have once been a niche trend but the ever-growing popularity of hotel programmes, retreats and specialists make it clear: the category is here to stay.”
While I suppose you could track wellness travel as far back as when people used to go away to “fat farms” at exclusive wellness centers in Germany and beyond, the reality is that today’s incarnation of wellness travel is much more approachable.
Wellness Travel circa 2018 can probably be divided into eight major categories:
Whatever you might want to detox from, you can find a wellness getaway for it. I’ve seen hotels with “Digital Detox” packages as well as centers geared for “Sugar Detox,” “Juicing” stays, “Vegetarian/Healthy Eating” programs, and other similar themes to try and get you off of that which is deemed bad for you.
Sometimes when life has got you down, humans seek a wellness vacation that uplifts them and gives them a new lease on life. There are centers whose entire focus it is to bring you closer to yourself and learn new ways of thinking as well as weekend or weeklong workshops held at hotels and resorts all around the world with a focus on helping you to think in new ways for a more positive, empowered, healthy outlook.
Those who practice yoga swear by its health benefits, grounding, and overall well-being and there are many specialized retreat centers as well as resorts, spas, and other venues, which offer in-depth yoga retreats.
MEDITATION & SILENT RETREATS
Along the lines of spiritual retreats, some destinations get really serious about looking inward and focus on stays that involve intense meditation and complete silence by all participants.
The modern version of the “fat farm,” a number of spas and holistic centers focus on medical testing, holistic or western medical treatments, and other avenues to either ensure wellness or help you to treat a medical condition.
Pampering and rejuvenation can, no doubt, be seen as “wellness” and while places like Canyon Ranch started the trend, there are many spa-style resorts worldwide, which help you, focus on wellness – however you may define that.
Wellness looks like different things to different people. Perhaps getting well means getting over grief, improving sleep, or some other specific treatment. If you have a special challenge you need to address, there’s a retreat for it.
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL/REMOTE RETREATS
Sometimes just getting away from everyone and everything with nothing on your agenda is the best wellness remedy you can find. That’s why people go away to remote spots and just sit on a deserted beach for a week or trek or hike or camp and just be alone with nature – no electronics, pool parties, bars, or any of the spoils of modern-day society.
I’ll be sharing news, information, and special packages and offerings to do with wellness travel as the new “Wellness Patrol” for Boomer Patrol. I’ve also got a website which is an aggregator of everything people do to get in touch with their soul at SoulJourneyInspiration.com.