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.  

A Day in the Life at Rancho La Puerta

Do a Google search for the best wellness retreats – and chances are good that Rancho La Puerta, in Tecate, Mexico will be on the list. I first learned about “the ranch” (as it is affectionately called by RLP veterans) during my “I am turning 40 and am going to a...

Running Camp for Runner Nerds and Wanderlusters

Wellness retreats are not just for spa, yoga and meditation. For several years, I have been reading about and dreaming of running camp and retreats that help runners improve their form, get faster and achieve new goals. Imagine being able to focus on one thing you...

The Moment Inspiration Found Me

When most people think of wellness travel, they think of spas or fitness. But the truth is that wellness travel can be anything in my opinion. From adventures that push you beyond your comfort zone to retreats of a more reflective nature, to finding the perfect spot...

A Day in the Life at Hilton Head Health

So…you want to know what life is really like at a wellness retreat. Whether you have dreamt of taking a wellness vacation or are looking to make specific lifestyle changes, I am a big believer in the power of investing in one’s own health for long term success....

10 Reasons to Escape to Salamander Resort and Spa

I consider myself lucky to live in the greater Washington DC area. Proximity to a beautiful city with national monuments that still take my breath away after over 20 years of living here, a smorgasbord of foodie restaurants and a variety of one-of-a-kind neighborhoods...

Be a Running Tourist in Washington DC with Run My City

There is no better way to explore a new city (or even an old favorite) than to run through it. Lacing up your running shoes to venture out not only gives you a great workout while you are traveling, but offers an insider perspective into daily life. The trend in...

5 Reasons to Plan a Beach Vacation at the Westin Jekyll Island

Running, beach and wellness. Three of the things that make me happiest in the world came together during a weekend at the new Westin Jekyll Island in Jekyll Island, Georgia. The newly opened Westin Jekyll Island sits just steps away from the wide beach where low tides...

Five Nutritional Changes to Transform Your Life

It seems impossible that one year has passed since my life-changing week at Mountain Trek Health and Fitness Retreat in British Columbia. I remember the first few steps of our first hike vividly as my breathing quickened and my heart rate soared. But it was during...

A Hidden Gem in Southeastern Turkey: Visit Şanlıurfa

People say that things happen for a reason. Even as a staunch believer in this notion, a visit to Şanlıurfa – in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey (near the Syrian border) – will forever stand as a reminder. Because had it not been for Turkish Airlines and a...

Find Your Wellness Lifestyle with Laughter and Friendship

Sometimes moving forward happens when you least expect it. During the first ever Be Well. Live Well. Wellness Weekend at Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia – I expected to relax, to reflect and to enjoy the luxurious surroundings. What I did not expect...

From the Hilton Head Health Kitchen: Pita Pizza

My everyday wellness journey hinges on cooking healthy meals at home. Even after a great run or strength training workout – nutritious and healthy foods hold the key to my success. While some weeks are better than others, it helps to be equipped with easy recipes (and...

The Moment I Started to Believe in What Was Possible

My journal from that day reads: “I made a sculpture today!” This reflection, during my stay at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico may not seem strange to many – but for anyone that knows me – I am not an artist. In my teaching days, I used to joke with my...

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