Would you like to increase your happiness, healthiness, and general satisfaction with life? Few people would say, βNo, I’m good, thanks.β It seems that many of us need an antidote to our fast-paced lifestyles and unhealthy habits. In fact, people are seeking out ways to relax and rejuvenate in record numbers. Thus, the Global Wellness Institute forecasts wellness travel to reach $1 trillion in 2020.
The wellness travel trend has been building for the last several years. This includes destination resorts and spas offering a full range of healthy activities, fresh cuisine, and educational programs. But you can also participate in wellness travel at hotels and on cruise ships with one-off wellness amenities. Wellness pursuits include immersive spa treatments, digital detox, spiritual retreats, and focusing on mental wellbeing.
Wellness Travel Trends for 2020
A Personal Journey β According to a survey of the Virtuoso Wellness Community, wellness travelers tend to be Gen X women traveling alone or with a small group of friends. One retreat organizer noted that even when joined by friends, they choose private rooms. The prevailing reason is that taking control of your health is a personal journey and many people prefer privacy.
Mindfulness Matters β While wellness travelers might initially choose a resort based on its healthy meals or spa treatments, meditation and mindfulness often turn out to be the foremost activity. Centering your focus with purpose helps rebalance the mind and body. Outdoor activities such as yoga, hiking, and horseback riding are additional focused activities that encourage an intentionally healthy lifestyle.
Wellness Destinations β The United States is the top destination country for global wellness travel, led by Sedona, Arizona; Hawley, Pennsylvania; and Ojai, California. More standout destinations in the U.S. include Wailea, Hawaii; Lenox, Massachusetts; Amelia Island, Florida; and Palm Springs, California. Other established wellness travel destinations are Bali, Thailand, Costa Rica, and Italy. Countries that are increasing their wellness features and rising in popularity are Vietnam, Croatia, Portugal, and South Africa.
How Long to Stay and How Often to Go β In years past, wellness travelers tended to take one wellness trip a year for about a week. Now, as interest in this travel genre increases, wellness resorts are seeing both longer and shorter trends. Some people might stay as long as 8- to 12-weeks to concentrate on substantial changes to their health. Alternatively, others opt for three or four trips over the year of just a few days each for a quick pick me up.
Motivations β Reducing stress and anxiety is the number one motivation for wellness travel, followed by rest and relaxation; body, mind, and spirit transformation; getting away from it all and spiritual renewal. The uptick in the popularity of wellness travel indicates that todayβs busy and stressful lifestyles generate the need for a calm and soothing getaway.
Interest in wellness travel has been growing for several years and shows no sign of slowing. To explore this travel trend and find the right wellness vacation for yourself, contact our knowledgeable vacation advisors.