These days a lot of my time is spent planning wellness journeys and training travel professionals on how to sell “wellness travel.” So it’s natural that I’ve given this subject a lot of thought.
While wellness travel is not one size fits all, I can tell you what works for me. Here are my top five tips for traveling well:
- Make sure you can find farm-fresh or local food. Every place has good food; you just may have to search for it. Just in case, I always travel with “healthy-ish” snacks such as Epic Bars, Skinny Buddha Peanut Bars, roasted chickpeas, and coconut milk caramels.
- Find a way to get some exercise. Sign up for a class at the resort, or find a local gym. Better yet, take a walk outside – you’ll not only get the benefits of nature, but you may discover an interesting neighborhood or meet someone new.
- Book a spa treatment at your hotel or be an “urban spa explorer” and check out a local hot spring or reflexology place. I have had many amazing experiences by trying signature treatments or asking the hotel where I can go for a “cheap and cheerful” treatment. For example, I had an amazing, inexpensive 2½ hour treatment at a day spa in Bangkok that even included an extraordinary shampoo at the end.
- Sleep, meditate or daydream. I always break the cardinal rule of international travel by taking a nap when I arrive. This helps me stay on the right track when shifting through time zones. I believe in honoring my body’s rhythm, which sometimes means I start my day at 4am and end at 7pm!
- Do something you’ve never done before. One of my favorite sayings is, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” I keep this maxim front and center when I travel. Even when it’s something small, a new experience is always mind expanding. Recently I sampled a Texan wine while on a trip to Texas. Or, you can create a sense of community by having a drink with other guests in the hotel lobby.
One more thing – I always aim to come home feeling as good, if not better than, when I left. While I encourage you to indulge (and believe, me I do!), it’s important not to overindulge. Drinking too much, eating junk, not sleeping well or refraining from exercise leaves me with regret, which is not how I want to feel after a trip.
While these tips may not be in your top five, I encourage you to think about what travelling well means to you. #wellnesstravel #wellness #mindbodyspiritnetwork