Stress is one of the number one reasons people try to get away throughout the year. When you are surrounded by stress from work, activities, constant pressure, relationships, bills, and everything else that weighs you down in life, a refreshing vacation can be just the thing to reset and restore your mental and physical wellbeing.
However, not all vacations are created equal. For maximum relaxation and benefit, a wellness vacation can provide much more stress-relief and benefit than other stress-filled vacations where you spend so much time rushing from one place to another that you return more stressed than when you left.
For true relaxation and de-stressing on your vacation, try one of these relaxing holiday ideas:
If you have never backpacked through the wilderness, it may not sound very relaxing, but backpacking is a great way to slow down and get back to nature. There are many backpacking trails in states across the United States. Some of the most amazing views come from the wilds of Florida, the amazing mountain terrain in the Rocky Mountains, and the beautiful rolling hills in the Northeast. If you are the more adventurous type, a backpacking trip through South America or Africa will be a trip you will remember for a lifetime.
Visiting a hot spring is a relaxing vacation like no other. Hot springs have been popular for thousands of years because of their affect on the muscles. The hot mineral water will soothe any aches and pains you have, and the mineral content of the water will increase circulation and may have other health benefits as well. Most hot springs now have a complete wellness resort built around the springs where you can stay in ultimate comfort. Some of the most popular hot springs around the world include, Banjar Hot Springs in Bali, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs in Napa Valley, and Banff Upper Hot Springs in Canada.
A spa is another relaxing wellness vacation that will rejuvenate the mind and body. Depending on what spa you visit, you can focus more on relaxation or on health. Many spas offer services like massages, wraps, facials, exercise sessions, mud baths, and a whole lot more. Large cities around the world offer an extensive list of spas, but you may find better deals in smaller cities nearby large metropolitan centers.
Fitness Friendly Hotels
Some hotels also focus on fitness; these hotels typically have gyms, healthy foods, and may even offer fitness sessions. Other hotels focused on fitness also provide free passes or transportation to nearby gyms and wellness centers, so you’ll have the chance to explore other facilities. A couple of resorts also have additional spa services for maximum relaxation and health benefits, and some may even allow visitors to participate in sporting events on-site. You can find fitness friendly hotels around the world, and they are definitely a good option for anyone looking for an active holiday.
If you are looking for lastminute holidays with fitness focus, you won’t be disappointed. No matter what time of year, many popular fitness destinations have openings. There is no peak season for wellness holidays, so you should be able to get a good deal any time of year.
Jo Tumble is a travel rep. She enjoys sharing her insights through blogging.