What is Wellness Travel?

 

Depending who you ask, wellness travel – or wellness tourism – can mean different things to different people.

For some, wellness travel involves healing and recuperation.

For others it involves transformation, relaxation or reinvention.

For still others it involves weight loss, meditation or soft-adventures.

For me, wellness travel can happen anywhere.

At a spa, in the city, at a restaurant, on a mountain, on a trail or at an amusement park. Wellness travels happens when we allow ourselves to be mindful and aware and when we are open to endless possibilities for transformation– whether we are on a solo trip, traveling for work, or enjoying a family vacation.

Do I have to want to climb a mountain?

No. You do not have to equip yourself with crampons and set a goal to climb Mount Everest. But hey, if you want to – all the better. (I personally have my heart set on Kilimanjaro one day, but for the moment, let's focus on the now.) You have to want to change. To celebrate. To live in the now. Reaching your own summit will look different for each person. Maybe it just means embracing change without fear or judgment. Maybe it means taking the first steps toward transformation – in your body or mind. Maybe it means catching your first wave, completing a marathon or taking a trip you’ve always dreamed of.

So dream big. Pick your personal summit and reach for it with all your might.  

Mother-Daughter Adventure in Zion National Park

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A Dreamy Guide To Adventure Travel Destinations

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Where to Hike in Sedona

Red rocks that jut out into a crisp blue sky.  Formations that have weathered over time and through the elements. Taking a trip to Sedona offers an invitation – to get up close and personal with natural landscapes that change color as the sun rises or sets. Amidst all...

I Never Liked Yoga

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My Failed Attempt to Summit the Osorno Volcano

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Coca Leaves, Flamingoes and Pachamama in the Atacama Desert

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4 days in the High Atlas Mountains at the Kasbah du Toubkal

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5 Reasons to Plan a Layover at the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul

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Ultimate Summer Adventure Guide in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, Wyoming was on my travel bucket list thanks to the mountain views and Grand Teton National Park. But what I didn’t realize when I first started to plan a trip to Jackson Hole, was the lure of land and adventure that would eventually seduce me. There was...

Everyday Wellness Secrets: On-Demand Massage At Home or On The Road

Many of you have asked for ways to create more everyday wellness moments at home or on the road. Today, I have something that I think may just change your life (or at the very least – your aches and pains). Chances are good that you have heard of Uber, the on-demand...

Ready to Take Off from the Memories of Cancer

Last week, I spend four dream filled days in the Bay Area, just across the bay from San Francisco – in the small town of Corte Madera – for the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers conference. While my head is swimming with reflection and inspiration, I...

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