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Wellness Travel: Everything You Need To Know

Wellness travel is more than just a vacation; it's a journey that promotes health & happiness. Here's everything you need to know about it!

Wellness travel is more than just a vacation. It’s a journey focused on promoting your overall health and happiness. Instead of just exploring new places, wellness travel involves activities like spa treatments, yoga, and healthy eating.

Also known as health and wellness tourism, it’s all about taking care of yourself, finding balance, and rejuvenating your body, mind, and soul. Let’s look at everything you need to know about wellness travel. From what it is, to how it works, and even who it’s best suited for, this is your ultimate guide to wellness travel.


What Is Wellness Travel?

According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness travel is “travel associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing one’s personal wellbeing.”

The focus with these trips is self-care, personal development, and a healthier lifestyle. It’s often confused with medical tourism, but they’re definitely not the same.

Medical tourism is about treating medical conditions and illnesses, like traveling overseas to see a doctor.

Wellness tourism is about building healthier habits and a better lifestyle, like going overseas for a juice detox.

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How Does It Work?

The core of wellness travel includes destination selection, activities, accommodations, and services tailored to enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Here’s how wellness travel typically works:

1. Destination and Accommodation Selection

Travelers choose a location that’s known for natural beauty, spiritual significance, or tranquility. On top of that, they’ll choose accommodation that offers things like spas, fitness centers, and healthy dining options. These are usually places like beach resorts, spa towns and mountain retreats.

2. Activities and Experiences

Wellness travel often involves a range of activities designed to improve physical fitness, promote relaxation, and enhance overall health.

Activities and experiences include things like yoga and meditation sessions, spa treatments, fitness classes, and nature walks.

3. Custom Packages

One of the stand-out features of wellness travel is custom packages. Travelers normally choose from a menu of activities that align with their wellness goals. This could be things like stress reduction, weight loss, and mindfulness.

4. Mindful Nutrition

Wellness travel also puts a lot of weight on healthy eating options. Resorts and retreats will offer healthy meals, cooking classes, and classes on maintaining balanced diets.

5. Holistic Wellness

Wellness travel also has a holistic approach to it. What that means is that your physical wellbeing isn’t the only thing you’ll focus on. You’ll also address your mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This usually happens in mindfulness practices and workshops.

6. Local Culture

There’s also a lot of time spent on experiencing local cultures. This can be traveling to religious or spiritual places, trying wellness practices indigenous to the region, and going out on cultural excursions.

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Who Is Wellness Travel Ideal For?

Wellness travel is a great choice for anybody, but it’s ideal for people who:

  • Want to relieve stress
  • Want to improve their health
  • Want to prevent burnout
  • Want to celebrate milestones

If you’ve got a history of anxiety or depression, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor before going on one of these trips, because they’ll put you outside of your comfort zone.

Why Should You Choose Wellness Tourism?

If you’re looking for a reason to go on a wellness trip, here are some great ones.

  • If You Want Holistic Health: If you want to learn about your body and mind, and how to take care of them together, you’ll thrive on a wellness trip.
  • If You Want Some Self-Reflection: The natural beauty of your surroundings, combined with wellness activities, create the perfect environment for self-reflection.
  • If You Want To Make Long-Term Lifestyle Changes: Wellness trips arm you with the knowledge you need to make long-term changes to your lifestyle, and the inspiration to stick with them.

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What Are The Benefits?

Thanks to how it tackles every aspect of your wellbeing, wellness travel also has a huge range of benefits.

1. Stress Reduction & Relaxation

This is your chance to take a break from your routines and unwind. It’s the perfect place to learn how to manage your stress in healthy ways.

2. Improved Physical Health

Thanks to all of the activities you’ll be doing, as well as the healthy meals you’ll be eating, wellness travel also promotes physical health, increased energy levels, and healthier lifestyle habits.

3. Mental Clarity

Activities like meditation and mindfulness practice also arm you with the tools yous need to clear your head.

4. Cultural Enrichment

It’s not a trip if you don’t experience the local cultures! Because you spend time with local, learning about their beliefs and practices, you leave with a deeper understanding of the indigenous people.

5. Strengthened Immune System

Your diet, physical health, and stress levels all contribute to your immune system. By tackling those parts of yourself and finding healthy habits, your immune system also gets stronger!

6. Better Sleep

Wellness travel often focuses on helping you get better quality sleep. All of the relaxation exercises will have you drifting off, no matter where you are.

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How Air Doctor Can Help

Did you know if you need to find a doctor abroad you can use the Air Doctor app to find one – anywhere, anytime.

Air Doctor gives you:

  • Access to over 20,000 multi-lingual doctors worldwide
  • Choice of clinic, at-home (hotel), and video visits
  • Local, valid prescriptions through our cross-border services
  • Quality medical care, including urgent visits
  • 24/7 multi-lingual customer support
  • Video consultation services in up to 21 languages
  • Partnered with leading insurance providers

Download the app, just in case.

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Jenny Cohen Drefler

Jenny Cohen Derfler

Air Dr CEO & Co-Founder

Jenny is the CEO and one of the Co-Founders at Air Doctor. She spent more than 20 years at Intel, most recently as general manager of its manufacturing facility in Israel and before that in various engineering and manufacturing roles in Silicon Valley. Air Doctor is her second startup having previously founded electric vehicle company ElectRoad.