Going on holiday used to be all about excess – excess sleep, excess food, and excess alcohol. But holidaymakers are now seeking something different, and using their time away to become healthier and happier.
Healthy-ageing, fitness holidays and wellness holidays are all booming. The health and fitness travel trend is being fuelled by aging baby boomers wanting to hold on to their looks and prolong their lifestyle. Travelling for prevention and improving health is why wellness holidays have grown in recent years with a surge of people traveling abroad to stay healthy. Whether you want to rejuvenate your body, lose weight, soothe your mind, or just indulge in some rest and relaxation, there will be a break to suit.
People don’t want to sit on a beach sunning themselves for 10 hours a day; they want to return home with lasting benefits, long after the tans faded. Due to our sedentary daily lives which can leave us open to health problems in later life, people are starting to wake up to the fact that they need to take responsibility for their own wellness and kick-start a healthier way of living. And a good time – “often the only time” – to do this is while they’re on holiday.
Wellness travel trends in 2017
Health & Anti-Aging
Already highly popular with the Baby Boomer generation, the appeal of preventative health and anti-ageing-holidays holidays offering the chance to help slow down the clock is also rising in popularity with Generations X and Y. Proving that age is nothing but a number – whether pressing pause on ageing by learning to let go of stress or sweating your way to a more youthful you, reducing your biological age is the new mantra of the ‘ageing gracefully’ gurus.
Stop Smoking Retreats
If the thought of going cold turkey whilst dealing with work stress and daily temptation has you reaching for your lighter, why not combine your first steps towards going smoke free with on a stop-smoking holiday that will help you to break triggers and build new healthier habits. With the luxury of time, expert medical consultations and specialist therapies, you’ll return home renewed and fully equipped with the long-term answer to continuing your smoke-free journey.
With men, still significantly less likely than women to make time to consult a doctor, wellness retreats catering to men also offer a more approachable means of addressing health issues.
Healthy mind and emotion healing holidays
A growing realisation that a healthy life is made up of a balance between mind and body, retreats offering wellness coaching in mindfulness, meditation and yoga are helping people combat burnout.
Eat-well detox holidays
‘I’m going on a detox’ is a commonly heard phrase between friends and workmates but how many people stick to their plan? Combining a detox with a holiday at a healthy-eating retreat will assure the traveller gets the physical cleansing they were hoping for.
Post-Cancer Recovery Retreats
No longer shying away from the complexities of treating a cancer sufferer, a rise in wellness spa retreats creating specialist post-cancer recovery programs offers a sanctuary for cancer survivors to recharge and rejuvenate. Helping you to feel like the best version of yourself again, a range of holistic spa therapies and alternative natural medicine treatments. Combind with expert consultations from psychologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists, regain your appetite and your strength as you rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in a luxurious wellness sanctuary.
It’s become commonplace for work ‘teams’ to take weekends away together to bond and enjoy each other’s company without the stress of work. Often, these are physically active trips.
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