The new year may have just begun, but it’s never too early to recharge your batteries – or start day dreaming about your next vacation.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, in 2015 the wellness industry became a $3.7 trillion market, with $563 billion of that coming from wellness tourism alone. And while last year some made the most of business trips, we’re predicting that this year, travelers will be putting wellness at the very center of their itineraries.
So, pack your bags and get ready to unwind. Here are our top picks for stress-free travel in 2018.
1. Silent Retreats
2017 was the year for digital detox trips, but 2018 isn’t just about shutting off; it’s also about shutting up. In a society where noise is the norm, spas and hotels are taking it upon themselves to offer some peace and quiet. Think: meditative forest walks, silent dinners, and a lot of loving kindness.
Our Pick: Head to Mexico’s Mazunte beach for silent mediation at the Hridaya Meditation Retreat. You’ll be too busy learning how to still your mind with breath awareness to find time for chatter.
2. Sugar-Free Detox Trips
The American Heart Association suggests that sugar may be one of the leading causes of heart disease. The best way to steer clear? Book a stay at spas and wellness resorts offering sugar-free detox diets. With a promise of clearer skin, better digestive health, and increased energy, this wellness trip is a no brainer.
Our Pick: Morocco may be home to the original jelly-filled donut, but you won’t be missing the sugar-rush when you’re enjoying a killer view of the Atlas Mountains and learning from nutritionists and chefs at the Le Palais Paysan spa retreat.
3. Happy Retreats
Studies suggest that the key to happiness may be all about creating and having experiences. So, it’s no wonder these laughter yoga and beach circuit training retreats are trending…all while promoting the production of serotonin, your happy hormone.
Our Pick: Venture to Bali to learn from the masters of spirituality and appreciation. At the Path to Happiness Retreat, you’ll unwind with a Balinese healer and surf some of the best waves on the planet.
4. Break-Up Breaks
Even if your social media was flooded with proposals during the holidays, separations are just as common after the festivities end. Break-up retreats are here to help you cope and start over. These trips give newly single guests a comforting environment to emotionally recharge with stress management services and life coaches. They also add yoga and meditation to the mix for some extra TLC.
Our Pick: Give the Kamalaya “Embracing Change” program a try for mentoring sessions to help you release, heal, and rebuild.
Prioritizing wellness is more important than ever, but stress-free getaways don’t always come cheap. If you’re on a budget but are looking for a break, try one of these wellness retreats and recharge your batteries without breaking the bank.