According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism is one of the fastest developing sectors of the travel market. The interest in well-being is growing daily and wellness travel grows consequently. And the trend will surely continue in the future too since nowadays more and more travelers are seeking trips that provide them a chance to unplug and boost mental and physical well-being. If you are one of those people who want to enjoy a relaxing and worry-free environment while travelling, then take a look at the following list of the latest wellness trends:
Forest Therapy aka Forest Bathing
We live in a very stressful and tense world. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have scientifically proved the health benefits of spending time in nature. Combining mindful walks under the forest canopy with guided meditations and activities will enable you achieve rejuvenating benefits, it will help you lift mood, generate positive energy and create an overall sense of well-being. So if you’re feeling stressed, heading to your nearest forest may be the best therapy.
Emotion Healing and Personal Enrichment Holidays
Nowadays people are looking for different ways to boost self-confidence or learn how to manage everyday stress. Consequently taking a retreat holiday is an emerging trend in wellness tourism. With a growing understanding that a healthy mind leads to a healthy life, emotional healing holidays provide the time, mental space and a worry-free environment for travelers to get back to joyful life. These type of retreat programs usually offer coaching workshops in mindfulness, meditation and yoga classes to achieve mind, body and soul balance.
Considering the amount of toxins we are exposed to on an everyday basis, a quality detox plan is not only beneficial but necessary. Food lovers are looking for cleansing detox programs to refuel with well-proportioned nutritious meal plans while traveling. Moreover thanks to rising trends: experience-based travel and wellness tourism, the farm-to-table concept are offered at almost all locations of retreat holidays. Embarking on a detox program can have lots of health benefits including increased energy, reduced cravings, lowered stress levels just to name a few.
Getaways Designed for Active Travelers
Even dedicated relaxation and laid-back travelers often seek active physical challenges while embarking on a new journey. The best physical options combine activity and nature: two major aspects of wellness tourism. Adrenaline-fueled activities such as surfing, biking, white water rafting, hiking, horse riding are often a part of retreat holiday programs which sets the stage for deep relaxation afterwards. As a result, for those adventurous vacationers who prefer getting their heart racing are usually offered indoor or outdoor sport activities at a variety of resorts.
Need to unplug from your gadgets? In an age where it’s becoming more and more difficult to unplug, resorts and hotels started to offer digital detox vacation packages that promise not to have Wi-Fi or TV but rather wellness services like yoga, mindfulness meditation, nature walks, etc. All of these activities are designed to quiet your mind and indulge in some good old analogue fun. Surely, in our increasingly busy lifestyles it’s very important to disconnect from technology and reconnect with places, people and ourselves.
La Local Vita
And last but certainly not least, the Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age. Subsequently travelers are more appreciating and seeking locally relevant and authentic experiences with an emphasis on living “la local vita” (the local life). Tourists are showing keen interest in community-based exploration which makes their stay in any place a very rewarding and meaningful experience.