Wellness Vacations: Tips to Help You Find The Right Fit
With so many wellness vacation options and wellness retreats available to us today, how does one go about finding the right fit? Here are seven tips to get you on the right track when searching for a Wellness Vacation.
1. Determine Your Wellness Travel Personality.
Do you see yourself as a Challenge Seeker, Foodie Focused, Spiritually-Minded, a Nature Lover, a Learning Enthusiast or a Combo of two or more?
Knowing yourself is one of the first steps to finding the right fit wellness retreat. You’ll find more info on discovering your own wellness travel personality here.
2. Determine Your Goal or Objective.
What would you like to accomplish by taking a wellness vacation or wellness retreat? It could be anything from weight loss, taking solo time for self-reflection, to reset a fitness routine, learning to manage stress, discovering how to plan and cook healthier meals, or simply taking time out from a hectic life to simply BE.
3. Ask Yourself If You Prefer a Structured Program (as in a hosted retreat) or more of a self-directed vacation itinerary?
Depending on your goal, you may want, even need, a program with a strict focus. On the other hand, if your intention is simple to find a quiet place to relax, rejuvenate and reenergize, perhaps you need less of a structured program and simply the right environment plus fit-focused optional activities to allow you to manage your own day-to-day itinerary.
4. Consider What Type Of Environment and accommodation is most conducive for you to relax and de-stress.
Taking budget into consideration, would simply relaxing in a luxury city hotel with a full service spa, regular fitness classes, healthy food options and access to shopping and cultural events help you meet your goal? Or, does a country inn or lodge embraced by the peace and quiet of a mountain setting or a retreat where the sounds of the ocean lull you to sleep each night, sound more appealing?
5. Make sure the retreat you are considering includes your preferred food choice.
Food is the foundation of a wellness lifestyle, so food options are always important but especially so if the goal is to loose weight or to develop healthier cooking and eating habits. Farm-to-table, local, whole food is certainly one way to go, plus there are an increasing number of facilities that specialize in alternative cuisines. Know the food options being offered.
6. Do you want access to medical testing and a range of wellness professionals?
If the answer is “yes,” then your list of “right fit” retreat options will be confined to those facilities that offer a full repertoire of services.
7. Ask yourself what is the ONE thing your wellness vacation/retreat MUST include.
This can be pretty much anything from simple peace and quiet, to a full-service spa, to daily yoga classes, to guided fitness activities surrounded by nature. You decide what it most important.
The above seven tips will help you find the right Wellness Retreat or plan a Wellness Vacation that suits your specific goal(s) and interest(s), and allows you to return home with a feeling of accomplishment and a renewed sense of well being.
Anne Dimon, Travel to Wellness | July 25, 2017
A professional travel writer for the last 20 plus years, Anne Dimon is the founder/editor of www.traveltowellness.com She is also the Program Director of the new Wellness Travel Experience (WTE) launching in 2018 at the Travel & Adventure Shows in Chicago, Denver, LA and Washington, DC. To find our how you can participate in the WTE please contact Kyle Murphy. KMurphy@unicomm.org