With arctic temperatures here to stay for awhile, I know I’m not the only person who wants to fly away to a warm beach somewhere. Research has shown that even the simple act of planning a vacation — whether we’re booking a real getaway or surfing travel websites — can temporarily reduce stress and increase happiness.
Planning a trip to enhance health and well-being, commonly known as wellness travel, is a growing trend. If you’d like to make personal wellness the focus of your next vacation, consider these three ideas for a good-for-you getaway:
Strike a pose.
Whether you practice yoga faithfully or you’re new to this ancient discipline and want to perfect your asanas, yoga retreats offer you uninterrupted time to work on uniting your mind, body, and spirit. Retreats are available for different yoga styles (such as Ananda or Bikram), ability levels, and locations, including destinations in warmer climates, as well as several nearby options on the East Coast.
Relax and rejuvenate.
Wellness resorts cater to the whole person through a combination of health, fitness, and nutrition. Relax with spa treatments like massages and facials, get energized at a variety of fitness classes, and nourish your body with three healthful meals a day. There are even resorts that help you unplug and unwind by offering a digital detox.
Supercharge your body.
Want to challenge yourself to get in better shape? Then a destination fitness boot camp may be right for you. There are boot camps geared to all fitness levels and preferences, from those focusing on lower-key exercises like yoga and Pilates to high-intensity, military-style workouts. Depending on the location, they can also offer diverse fitness activities such as hiking, swimming, and kayaking.
No matter where you’re headed, IBX offers travel insurance plans to help give you peace of mind and keep you focused on reducing stress and improving wellness.
Researching this post has given me some great ideas for what to do with my vacation time this year. And it’s good to know that, whenever I need it, a quick mental escape is as close as my computer keyboard!
What’s your idea of the perfect wellness vacation?
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