Along with the rise of Dry January and, hot on its heels, Veganuary, one trend in travel is an increasing shift from a destination focus to experience focused itineraries. And one area which is soaring in popularity is “wellness”. Just lying on a sun lounger for two weeks isn’t enough for many these days. They want Insta-worthy experiences and to come home with real personal benefits from their precious time away.
Some people may still think of the traditional ‘yoga retreat’ as a holiday reserved for tie-dye clad hippies but things have moved on a long way. Wellness tours offer the perfect balance of awe-inspiring destinations, rejuvenating activities, and healthy food experiences, helping you return home feeling even better than when you left. Taking time out to discover the real you, recharge your body and nourish your mind allows you to find your balance again.
You can learn to cook new dishes with the locals and bring home recipes and skills to share with friends when you’re back home, and meet like-minded people along the way as you drop in and out of activities. Holidays focused on disconnecting from our increasingly digital lives are also gaining in popularity. Taking time out allows us to reconnect with our partners, families and values and return to the hamster wheel of life knowing first hand the value of less screen time all round.
So, whether deep inside you’re a romantic retreater, gourmet globetrotter, arty adventurer or frequent weekender, don’t just discover the world, rediscover you too!