The wellness trend in the travel industry has been growing at an extremely fast clip. In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report, tourism’s wellness sector grew from $438 billion in 2012 to $494 billion in 2013, which represents a 12.7 percent growth rate.
Now the question we have as travelers is where can I find a wellness trip, what should I expect and who is doing it right? The great news is that the options are growing daily with ways to renew, reconnect and reinvigorate thee mind, body and soul.In fact, one of our favorite new trends is wellness cruises like those offered by Silversea! Onboard expert fitness instructors, yoga instructors and dietitians ensure every bit of this trip well send you home better than you left!
What is Wellness Travel?
The term “wellness travel” actually covers a wide variety of vacations and getaways, including but definitely not limited to:
- Yoga retreats
- Spa getaways
- Culinary and healthy eating programs
- Back-to-nature adventures that might include kayaking, biking or hiking
- Spiritual detoxing via old world sweat lodges or electronics-free vacays
Choosing a Wellness Travel Experience
Travelers who choose to embark upon wellness vacations are typically in search of experiences that will refresh their outlook on life and re-energize their weary bodies and minds. And, hopefully, by the end of your wellness journey, you’ll also be armed with new tools and skills that will help them better cope with the stresses they will encounter when they return back to the “real world.”
By going on a yoga focused vacation, for example, a traveler might learn how to incorporate mindfulness techniques into their daily lives, which could — in turn — help them to be less stressed out and also to be more grateful for what they have.But what if what’s stressing you out is trying to choose a specific wellness vacation? What if, for example, you invest all of your vacation dollars and time into a yoga retreat held in an authentic ashram in India and end up hating the strict rules, communal lodging or the very basic food? Or, perhaps, you really like the idea of going on a big hiking adventure but aren’t sure that you could physically keep up with the rest of your group. Or maybe you’re a fitness buff who wants to stay in shape during your vacation, but you’re also hoping to learn how to cook better, healthier meals for yourself?
Being healthy doesn’t have to mean forgoing comfort, amazing food and a great travel experience!
Fortunately, there are programs available that blend several wellness programs into one itinerary, so you won’t be limited in your self-discovery options and you can sleep in total luxury, no mats on the floor or camping!! Silversea Cruises offers trips that feature wellness and fitness programs, such as spa treatments as well as yoga and Pilates classes that are held both on the ship and ashore. In addition, these cruises also offer other perks including:
- Daily cooking classes and lectures on healthy living that will teach you life skills you can use when you return back to home and work
- Onboard gyms with state-of-the-art fitness equipment
- Group and individual fitness classes
- Healthy menu options
Even better? You won’t be limited to one location when you embark upon a wellness cruise. Instead Silversea Cruises offers its wellness cruises to a number of interesting and stunning destinations, including:
A cruise can, in fact, be the perfect way to sample the various types of wellness activities available without having to commit 100 percent to just, say, a yoga retreat or to just a cooking vacation. It is also an excellent way to discover destinations like Bali or Thailand that have a reputation for being centers of spiritual healing.
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