Last updated November 15, 2022
Wellness travel continues to grow in popularity. If you find yourself asking, “why wellness vacations?” then you have come to the right place. We have more than one answer to your question.
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Wellness Vacations Are Becoming More Popular
According to wellness tourism research, wellness vacations are the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry. Wellness travel is growing at exponential speed over other forms of tourism.
Wellness vacations give tourists the opportunity to simultaneously invest in travel and self-care. For years, people have associated beach vacations with self-care. This is often because of the rest and relaxation that a coastal setting provides.
Basic Wellness Vacation Amenities
The beach umbrellas. Lounge chairs. Shaded cabanas. All of these amenities are provided for the rest and relaxation of guests staying at beachfront resorts. Picture yourself with a book in hand under a shaded umbrella. It is no wonder that people refer to beach vacations as “self-care” and “getaways.”
What if resorts built upon these amenities? They would have more guests pouring into their lobbies. Beachfront resorts are great. Don’t get us wrong. But a beachfront resort and spa? Now that is something worth the visit.
This is really not a surprise to us at Vacayou as many people have become more proactive around their health and living a healthy lifestyle. Access to knowledge (thank you internet and social media!) has inspired us to create conscious decisions regarding diet, exercise and healthier daily habits.
Wellness vacations as a new luxury
Luxury is more than just designer handbags. It’s a lifestyle. Believe it or not, it is also a form of travel.
The wellness sector has long been associated with clinics for health or indulgent spa travel. Wellness tourism coined the brand “resort and spa” from the beginning.
Fast forward to the present. Wellness resorts and spas have expanded their brands to include self-care and transformation. It’s no longer true that spas are enough for a resort to be a modern wellness resort. Modern wellness resorts and spas have upgraded from pedicure thrones to floating therapy.
When people travel they want to incorporate a self-care practice, which is truly the “new luxury” experience.Muirgheal Montecalvo, CEO and founder of Vacayou
It is no lie that wellness means something different to everyone. Each person has their own definition. Yet all definitions of wellness boil down to something concrete. That is, the state or condition of being well.
What about wellness-inspired travel?
Wellness-inspired travel is much more than replenishing body, mind and soul. It’s also about food, fitness, nature and lifestyle. All of these things have a significant impact on an individual’s wellbeing.
So. What is a wellness vacation?
Let’s be real. When you think about your motivation behind travel, what comes to mind? Perhaps you want to travel as a means of escape from reality. And who could blame you? Getting up to go suntan by the beach is much more appealing than walking out the front door to scrape snow off of your windshield.
According to the Wellness Tourism Association, “a wellness vacation is wellness travel powered by a wellness-focused intention” (What is Wellness Travel?).
Wellness vacations are an escape to reflect on life.
Okay. Then what is wellness travel?
Wellness travel is no different. Just add a physical and emotional component. Then structure your trip by focusing on a primary purpose to enhance your well-being. Wellness travel engages tourists in a more healthy lifestyle. Tourists learn how to lead healthy lifestyles through food, fitness or movement.
Disclaimer: movement on a wellness travel vacation is often in the form of yoga or dance.
Similar to the Wellness Tourism Association, Vacayou describes wellness travel as being powered by intention. This means planning a trip with a specific mindset to get away and recenter.
Types of Wellness Vacations
Wellness vacations and wellness travel trips vary. That is because each and every person is different. How one person exercises wellness may completely clash with the way another person implements wellness into their life.
The beauty of wellness travel is that there is no one-size-fits-all model. A weeklong biking trip, a spa getaway or an extended visit to a weight loss retreat are all wellness vacations. Despite the differences in structure, all three of these trips classify as wellness travel.
Perhaps you define wellness travel as a form of connecting with nature. If so, the wellness activity known as forest bathing is worth investigating. Forest bathing provides individuals with access to the great outdoors for peace and quiet.
You may even want to change your life for the better. The conversation of late has shifted in the wake of the pandemic with many people searching for a mental health reset.
Imagine a yoga holiday in Sedona or a cycling tour of Italy or a week of guided hiking in British Columbia. You could visit a retreat in Costa Rica where you can learn to eat healthier, surf and practice yoga all in one location.
There are also retreats that offer healing or spiritual therapies. How does a mother-daughter weekend at a spa resort or a soul-care retreat in Bali sound?
Whatever your version of a wellness vacation is, it should be fun and include activities that help you stay healthy plus create a sense of well-being and relaxation.
Most of all, a wellness vacation should do wonders for your physical, mental and emotional health.
Path to health and wellness
There are plenty of reasons why you should take a wellness vacation:
- You need a reset post-COVID lockdown
- You realize the importance of living a healthier lifestyle and a desire to extend this into your travel experiences
- You’ve reached the age demographic with time and money to spend on travel with goals of living a longer and healthier life
- You are inspired by social media and want to embark on a transformative wellness journey of a lifetime
- Your workplace promotes a wellness lifestyle
Here at Vacayou, we are creating a space where you can find, search and book wonderful experiences, learn about the benefits of wellness travel and how wellness-focused travel can change your life as well as challenge your mindset.
Our mission is to help you return home from vacation more relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Until, of course, the next time you need a reboot!
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We believe that travel has the power to change lives. The power to revive, rejuvenate and redirect the inner self. That’s why we’re here. Take an online staycation with us. Change how you think about travel and let us make it easier for you to search, discover, and book wellness and active vacations. But we don’t stop there. We are with you every step of the way—before, during and after your journey—to make sure you enjoy the most meaningful vacation ever. It’s Travel That Moves You.