Everyone can use an extra TLC these days. We’ve all been through a lot in the past year. Prioritizing self care has become more important than ever. When it comes to planning that much needed trip (for when it’s safe of course), a wellness vacation is the perfect style of travel for your mind, body and spirit.
What is a Wellness Vacation?
A wellness vacation has an itinerary targeted at boosting your health and well-being through physical, mental and spiritual activities. Unlike a generic vacation where buffets and happy hours are your daily routine, a wellness vacation will leave you feeling actually refreshed and energized instead of tired and bloated. Yoga classes, spa getaways, surf camps or silent meditation retreats fall under this category. A wellness vacation allows you to travel the world while fuelling your healthy lifestyle…win-win!
Wellness travel isn’t anything new. In fact, this style of travel has been my preference since I started hopscotching around the globe 15+ years ago. I’ve stayed in an Ashram in India, participated in a yoga and self-development retreat in Belize, expanded my mind and moved my body at Envision Festival in Costa Rica, trained in Muai Thai in Thailand, and most recently completed a yoga and surf retreat also in Costa Rica. All of these experiences have given my travels more purpose. They’ve also helped me to grow into a healthier and calmer version of myself.
You Deserve a Wellness Vacation
You owe it to yourself and to the body that works so hard every single day. Whether you’re a parent, caretaker, older sibling or grandparent with dependants, it’s oh so common to forget to take care of ourselves. Am I right!? Since becoming a mother, I notice how easy it is to fall into a cycle of self-love deprivation. The truth is, we all could use more me-time. YOU deserve it! Truly. When you take care of yourself, you become a better caretaker for others.
This past week, I was at Lucero Surf Camp in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. When I caught those waves, my mind locked into my body with the ocean. I wasn’t thinking about my daughter Kai (Lucero Surf Camp provides baby-sitters), my husband Siya, social media or any of life’s endless priorities. My mind was clear and present. I paddled out again. Waves crashed against my chest and face. My arms were exhausted, lips salted and eyes focused as I searched for my next ride to shore.
Paddle! Paddle! Pop-Up! Balance…balance…doing good….wipeout! Get up and do it again.
When I neglect my wellness, I notice my emotions run wild. I become irritable, anxious, tired, and not so nice to be around. So, if you need an extra push to take a wellness vacation, do it for your loved ones.
Can’t I Just Do This At Home?
Someone could argue that you don’t need to travel across the world to take a yoga class or try a little meditation. While this is true, wellness travel offers more than just what you may find down the street from your house. Separating yourself from familiar faces and places might be just the thing to deepen your wellness experience.
What If I’d Rather Not Travel Far?
That once-in-a-lifetime experience could happen closer to home. A wellness vacation can also be a staycation. Wellness travel also doesn’t have to be as grand as spending a weekend with the Dalai Llama. It can also be a spa getaway that involves staying at a luxurious resort, getting daily massage, spending afternoons in hot springs, getting that much needed facial and ordering room service every night. How good does that sound right about now? The beautiful part about this kind of wellness vacation is it can be done safely during a pandemic without needing to go to an airport or see many people. A wellness staycation vacation can still give you the getaway you desire and leave you feeling like a new person.