A travel spa & wellness retreat can last from two hours, to a full day, to nearly a week depending on your interest, time, and of course, budget. The variety is immense and your professional travel counselor can guide you in the right direction.

Spa and wellness travel is well suited for solo travel as well as couples travel. It offers a rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit. The trend of "wellness travel" continues to grow, as more people include some form of healthy-living into their daily lives. "Wellness" and "healthy lifestyles" are broad in meaning. For some, it may be making time for daily meditation, for others it may be eating a plant-based diet. No matter the extent of one's wellness program, these individuals ideally want a vacation that won't have them completely off their wellness routine.

At Sea

Most cruise lines have a staff of spa professionals who can whisk you away during a day at sea to experience international treatments with exclusive products. At the time of embarkation staff members will gladly meet with you to demonstrate techniques and suggest treatment packages and times. Scheduling early allows you the best time slots to coordinate with your day excursions.

Some small sailing vessels and yachts can offer complete wellness itineraries with gourmet Vegetarian and Gluten-free options for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a chef who knows the incredible health benefits of a raw, organic and vegan diet. So what is a “Raw Food” menu option? “Raw” refers to a style of food preparations in which all ingredients are raw, organic and vegan. To retain all the healthy micronutrients, nothing is heated above 118º F.

There is such a wide spectrum under the Wellness cruise umbrella. Your vacation can be a luxurious holiday, complete with healthy fine dining, daily Yoga and Tai-chi, modern fitness center with an ocean view, diverse Spa offerings and even, mountain bikes to take ashore.

On Land

Perhaps you want to take a week in a little corner of the world to learn or perfect a new skill, like yoga. I consider this more of a retreat than a vacation. In this case going as a solo will allow a person to embrace the entire experience without the crutch of a friend or family member. We can learn a lot about ourselves when we take on a challenge like traveling alone to a new and distant place to experience our inner spirit and strengths while at the same time learning a new skill.

Allow your trusted travel professional to help your weave this personal tapestry.

Linda Meadors

Linda Meadors has been affiliated with Blue Horizon Travel, Orion IL since 2002 with a focus on affinity groups which has included jazz clubs, heritage groups, school fund-raisers, celebrities with followers, reunions and church fellowship groups. Many individual clients started as group members. Linda has served as the MAST International Travel Writer since 2012. In 2018 her group and personal travel destinations will include: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy and England. A year of college study abroad at the University of Vienna set her wander lust in motion to work in travel, convention planning, marketing and most importantly, communications.