“Wellness travel is not always a fabulous massage or facial”, Kimberly Floyd, a Boca Raton-based Virtuoso travel advisor. “It is cycling through a vineyard in Tuscany, hiking in the desert, eating farm-to-table dishes, and being taught to look inward and learn more about yourself.”
Ultimately, we travel to be inspired. We want to connect, to relax, to give back, and to give in. Whatever the specific impulse, we’re all ultimately looking to feel better.
So is wellness travel for you? Of course it is – there is a wellness journey for everybody. See which resonates with you:
Most of us have longingly stared at the calendar while working, counting down the days until we could hop on a plane for the next adventure. For all those times when you have been frazzled, fried and just plain finished, your precious holiday time is your long-awaited reward. It doesn’t have to mean a punishing schedule jam-packed with “relaxing” appointments – you are scheduled enough in real life – but rather, simply zoning out and looking in.
“Clients are looking for experiences that help them slowdown from the speed of their daily lives (think digital detox!), get them through a major life change, or focus on nutrition and being healthy”, Floyd says. You likely work long hours, face enormous stress, and simply want to unplug and unwind – a wellness holiday could be your salvation.
Whether it is too much (as in wine and pasta) or too little (as in exercise), a wellness trip is the defibrillation needed to get you on track and on a healthier path. After all, many resorts have entire wellness centres, with everything from massage to meditation to mindful eating on offer.
“Often, clients are looking for resorts that offer a multitude of yoga, pilates, and other classes – more than just a gym”, agrees Alabama-based Virtuoso travel advisor Margaret Williams. “Plus, clean food and healthy dining options are a must.” Ultimately, it is much easier to start on a proper path when you are away from your regular routine.