Why are more and more people choosing wellness travel for mind body and spirit? A health wellness vacation provides escapes that heal the body and expand the mind. The ultimate goals are to experience a conscious transformation. People are choosing a surprising variety of destinations some of which include the Himalayas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Thailand, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Indonesia and Nicaragua.
Travelling with a holistic intent brings so much depth and wonder into your life. Returning home from a wellness retreat provides a feeling of being “ready to take on the world“. It’s like a reset button.
Some people have already learned a healthier lifestyle at home and the holistic retreat experience is simply an extension of where they are at already. Beautifully prepared organic anti-inflammatory meals, spas, walking and cycling, adventure, mindful meditation, silence, and relaxation provide the perfect recipe for rejuvenation.
“We are seeing a huge increase in the wellness travel sector, where the fastest growing segment is made up of guests who simply want to combine elements of wellness with their vacations,” said Six Senses Spas vice president Anna Bjurstam.
It used to be that people went on a vacation and that was it. Now we are seeing goal oriented, vision quest wellness vacations that often involve a retreat and an opportunity for wellness. According the the “Global Wellness Institute”, the health and wellness travel sector will exceed $600 billion in 2017! With meditation, yoga and vegan diets becoming more mainstream, the western ideological vacation has changed. Holistic health is not just a fad, it’s a consequence of living in stressful times as well as the pressures of Western society: earning money, buying new things and looking good.
1) Looking to Combine Retreat & Adventure
Some examples of the types of retreats people are looking for are a mixture of both relaxing as well as adventure. The mind body and spirit experience is easy with surfing and yoga! This type of vacation is becoming very popular in many destinations amongst millennials and gen-x’ers. At Original Surf Morocco (see video below), they give the following tip on meditation and surfing. “Over time, as you continue to practice, you will notice that you are not only catching more waves, but perhaps knowing and loving yourself a bit more, maybe even perceiving your external reality with an increased zest of compassion, grace, light.”
You can read about Yoga and Surf Holidays in Morocco here. These type of retreats often include a blend of surfing classes, standup paddleboarding, yoga, meditation, fitness, massage and healthy organic food. Many of these retreats are female oriented. Love water and heading to Morocco? You can also check out this article about The Best Places for Watersports in Morocco. Also, before you head to Morocco, make sure you check out the best gear for yoga, you probably want to check out the most recent reviews on the best yoga mats in 2018!
2) Seeking Refuge from Noise & Digital Detox
Let’s face it. Our phones and technology in general is getting more and more invasive to our senses. Many of us are constantly seeking refuge from the barrage of information that is staring at us daily.
Some architects working with hotels are clearly figuring this out and making changes in how they design buildings! The buildings and structures for hotels and retreats have changed considerably over the years. This is due to mindfulness in architecture and design.
For instance the brand-new, completely “Silent Spa” at Therme Laa Hotel, Austria utilizes sacred geometry in its design. This creates a totally serene sanctuary. These silence retreat spaces help people restore their inner silence and make a space for inner contemplation. Delivering peace is the new solution from spas to hotels to restaurants through “silence” and providing the mind body and spirit connection.
3) Wanting to Be In Touch With Nature
The desire to travel for health and conscious travel embodies the desire to be in touch with nature. As well, dissatisfaction with traditional western medicine has spawned healing and guided spiritual retreats all over the world. In other words, the postmodern condition has inspired mind body and spirit travel experiences.
Places such as Peru and Columbia have experienced a massive increase of wellness tourism. The total overall visitors have doubled in the last 10 years. Many tourists seeking guided spiritual retreats go there to find the healing path. As well, many are experiencing a whole new reality with the plant known as Ayahuasca and other plant medicine. Most people choosing this type of travel already have an open mind. They have learned many mindful meditation techniques and are ready to experience full conscious transformation.
For people who have ever had trauma in their lives or have dealt with depression, many have experienced radical healing. The reason for the healing is because the plant medicine addresses the mental, emotional or energetic disorder within the individual. Watch this video here on one man’s journey that was totally transformational. However, as the video clearly depicts, the journey was intense and even terrifying in parts.
You can check out our plant medicine retreats here.
Using wellness travel for improvement of your health is actually an obvious and wonderful idea. It helps us work on the parts of our health that have been neglected. As well, it gives us a whole new start upon our return home. Clearly, mind body and spirit wellness travel is in!