'Wellness Travel' is one of the fastest growing sectors in travel, but very few people know what its all about. Wellness works across such a broad spectrum, it’s difficult to 'put in a box' and can mean different things to different people.
So, what tips can we give you as a wellness traveler, if you’re not even sure if you fit into that category? Well, rather than trying to give you a universal understanding, we will quickly highlight some tips that we believe are important and may help guide you along the way.
1. It’s about being, not doing
If you want a holiday filled with site seeing, jumping on and off a bus, sticking to a strict schedule and ticking off a list of things to see and do, then you’re probably better off going on a Contiki or Intreprid tour.
We feel that so much of your experience is lost when you’re racing against the clock, taking an infinite amount of photos of famous landmarks and checking off a list. Wellness travel to us means being fundamentally 'present'. We recommend you try to let go and trust a little, enjoy each moment as it presents itself. Things may not always flow how you expected, but that’s ok, it’s all part of the journey.
Immerse yourself in your surroundings and the world seems so much more beautiful. If you focus too much on your destination, you may just miss all the roses along the way. It’s the simple moments and little insights that tend to make all the difference.
2. Its not a retreat, nor an escape - it’s a journey
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. If you think your life is going to transform by booking a holiday, you may have missed the point. Life is a journey and travel is such an enriching part of that journey, it allows you to understand that there is a whole world out there outside your little bubble and it helps you put things into perspective.
You don’t live a happier and more enriching life by escaping it, but rather but by embracing the challenges as part of an ongoing process that could span a whole lifetime.
3. The journey doesn’t end when your vacation does
Have you found yourself on a high after returning from a holiday only to realise that a week or two later it’s like you’d never left? If that’s the case, you’re probably looking at it all wrong. Travel is the perfect springboard to regain your perspective and begin to reclaim parts of you that may have been lost in the daily grind. Leaving a holiday is not the end of your journey, but instead another small beginning.
You can also be comforted by the fact that you’re not alone, everyone is on a journey of some kind, so why not get out of our comfort zone and start connecting, could be just the little nudge you need. Our next stop, Ubud!
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