Travel today isn't simply saved for the summer holidays. Thanks to the emergence of health and fitness retreats and the increase in busy working lives, we're choosing to get our relaxation a little further from home.
Despite tough economic times, it seems that this year, we've considered travel a key expense in the quest for happiness, with 31% of us increasing our travel budget because “it’s important for my health and well-being”. (TripAdvisor TripBarometer study).
So when it comes to taking a little time out from the daily grind, what's hot in the world of wellness and travel for the year ahead?
Thanks to the emergence of yoga retreats, wellness boot camps and detox resorts, we're placing a lot more importance on wellness, mindfulness and taking care of our emotional health. So we'll be making plenty of 'me-time' in the New Year, with spa breaks, wellness weekends and relaxation retreats becoming an even more popular choice of getaway.
After an indulgent party season, many of us will embark on the quest for the body beautiful and commit to a healthier New Year. Boot-camp retreats offer the perfect motivation for those lacking in willpower, and make a great holiday for groups of friends on a newfound fitness quest.
Many resorts are responding to the growing trend of holidays following a break-up, divorce or period of stress. Offering a selection of emotional healing therapies, stress management and life coaching, plus personal training to help shape up after the breakup. The perfect way to get yourself back on track, and in full fitness health.
Mindfulness has been big in the world of wellness over the past few years. We'll see a significant increase in workout retreats and hotel resorts offering wellness programmes with the focus on being active and mindful.
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. So, we’re now seeing a shift in people seeking guidance on nutrition and healthy eating. This has also led to an increase in food-friendly holidays, where guests can discover the best diet for their body type and health concerns, plus pick up a few foodie prep tips along the way.
Over the past few years, personalisation has taken the wellness industry by storm, with fitness lovers opting for bespoke, tailor-made fitness programmes to achieve results. We can now delve into the role our genes play in our overall well-being with the emerging science of DNA testing. Luxury spa resorts and fitness retreats now offer DNA analysis and consultations, to determine any health, diet or hereditary issues that may affect our fitness performance.
Healthy Ageing Holidays
As the older generation lives longer, they're also maintaining an active lifestyle
to boot. Baby boomers want to age gracefully and live healthy lifestyles for as long as possible. The popularity of healthy-ageing holidays has prompted hotels and holiday destinations to offer services that will help to help maintain a youthful glow. Older adult exercise classes, fitness excursions and non-invasive anti-ageing spa treatments await those on the quest to stay youthful.
According to recent studies, it's experiences, not things, make us happy. So, it’s no surprise that people are investing more on living life than shiny possessions. Happy retreats offer refreshing morning hikes, beachfront circuit training and group yoga sessions, all designed to help the production of serotonin (the ‘happy hormone’).
The perfect way to stay healthy... and happy.
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