What is Wellness Travel?

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Lydia Alvita


My love of people, cultures and adventure lead me to found Aiden and Ivy, a luxury travel agency for those with an adventurous spirit.

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Wellness travel, responsible travel, sustainable travel? Especially in a post-pandemic world, we are hearing these kinds of buzzwords more and more as we were forced to slow down, connect in different ways, and shift our focus.

But what really is wellness travel?

According to the Wellness Tourism Association, wellness travel is travel that allows a traveler to maintain, enhance, or begin a healthy lifestyle. It supports or increases your sense of well-being, both mentally and physically. This is achieved through the experiences you have while traveling. The goal and benefit are to feel energized and rejuvenated.

Some of the most common wellness travel styles include spa retreats or spa enhancements, fitness trends like certain hotel brands adding Peloton spin bikes to their gyms and adding physical activities to a vacation that support a healthy lifestyle.

People are often described as primary or secondary wellness tourists. The primary wellness tourist is a person that creates a trip around the idea of wellness while a secondary wellness tourist includes wellness activities while traveling.

There is no one size fits all in wellness travel. But to feel energized, relaxed, and have a sense of joy in your travels, consider some of these activities for your next vacation.

• Hiking

• Surfing or Paddleboarding

• Kayaking

• Snorkeling

• Yoga

• Tai chi

• Massage therapy

• Spa experiences at mineral baths or saunas

• Responsible – travel experiences that change you and the world.

Many travelers who take these journeys disconnect from technology and report reduced stress with improved moods. What does this mean for you? Taking an unexpected or expected journey might be the ticket. It might be the thing that you need.

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