Travelers are embracing nature and wellness to achieve a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Explore wellness trends that offer the perfect prescription for achieving the ultimate Ohm.
Travelers who are in serious need of health and wellbeing on their itinerary after this present time will have more options than ever before. From land to sea, there are many relaxing immersions to be had. Inspire your next wellness trip with these tranquil trends.
Shinrin-Yoku is the Japanese term for forest bathing which originated in Japan in the 1980’s. Forest bathing refers to soaking in the essence of the forest rather than literally taking a bath in the middle of the forest.
Experience forest bathing while on an extremely slow guided walk and mindful approaches that include yoga and meditation — all with the intent on elevating your sensory immersion. Studies have revealed the many health benefits of immersing yourself in nature which include reduced stress hormone production and improved feelings of happiness as well as lower heart rate and blood pressure, a strong immune system, and accelerated recovery from illness.
Forest bathing is available at L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona, Mohonk Mountain House, overlooking the Hudson River in New York, the Blackberry Farm, tucked into the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and the Tucker House Inn on the San Juan Islands.
Go to Your Happy Place
The United Nations annual World Happiness Report includes a list of the world’s happiest countries and for the second year in a row, Finland takes the top spot. In addition to measuring GDP, generosity, social support, healthy life expectancy, and freedom from corruption and to make life choices, the report measured immigrant happiness and Finland came out on top of that as well.
The ranking coincided with the country’s “Rent a Finn” tourism initiative which encourages tourists to travel to the country to meet regular Finns who will act as “Happiness Guides.” Happiness Guides will share their knowledge about the country as well as show their guests how to “connect with nature and find their calm.” As Finns say, “When others go to therapy, Finns put on a pair of rubber boots and head to the woods.” Finland was followed by its Nordic neighbors Denmark, Norway, and Iceland with The Netherlands coming in fifth.
Do Good, Feel Good
Giving and helping both improves the world and makes us feel good about ourselves which is why experiential travel with an emphasis on philanthropy is increasingly popular. And that’s a good thing for all of us. Passengers on Crystal Cruises have been participating in the cruise line’s “We Care, You Care” voluntarism program for almost ten years now.
From playing games, reading, and dancing with the elderly and children at the Grantitos de Paz Foundation in Cartagena, Colombia to assisting with the care of animals at the Samui Animal Shelter in Koh Samui, Thailand and planting trees at the Heidmork Natural Reserve in Reykjavik, Iceland, guests have the opportunity to share in Crystal’s commitment to “bettering the lives of those we meet on our journeys and preserving the beauty of the oceans, rivers and lands in which we travel.“
Life in Balance
Miraval’s goal is to awaken your best self and all activity is driven by four pillars – Challenge, Improve, Renew, and Indulge. Miraval Austin rests on 220 acres in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve in Texas Hill Country overlooking Lake Travis. Miraval Arizona offers healing energy at their desert oasis resort and spa.
Situated on 400 acres in the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, Miraval Arizona is a destination resort and spa dedicated to helping guests live life in the moment. At their only Caribbean outpost, the Park Hyatt St Kitts, Miraval St. Kitts, special marine inspired treatments include Salt Bar with invigorating sea salt; Seaside Serenity, a hydrating marine mask; and Mangrove Goddess an energizing ritual that includes exfoliation with ginger grasses and fir oil, and a healing massage with essence of red mangrove and eucalyptus.
Built around adventure and immersive cultural experiences, G Adventures, the pioneering small-group adventure tour operator, has a collection of 10 Wellness Adventures in 10 destinations that include Patagonia, Iceland, Thailand, and Nepal. The focus is on mindfulness, movement, and nourishment—with a slower travel pace to help travelers reclaim their balance and reconnect with the world around them. “The slower pace we designed was built to stretch travelers— physically and experientially—whether they are looking to jumpstart a healthier way of living, or reinforce good habits.” explains Ben Perlo, US Managing Director for G Adventures. “They’re for the traveler who wants to get out and explore an amazing destination, while keeping wellness in mind.”