Kick-start your fitness goals with a wellness holiday
With preventable diseases responsible for approximately 70 per cent of premature deaths worldwide each year, it’s more important than ever that we start to take our health in our own hands. And the Global Wellness Institutes’ Moonshot: Destination – A World Free of Preventable Disease is a call to action to eradicate chronic, preventable disease and unite health and wellness industries. As people become increasingly aware of how reducing unhealthy habits and lifestyle can significantly decrease the risks of illness, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer, there has been an increase in preventative health holidays to keep your wellbeing in check.
A growing trend in the wellness industry, ‘wellness architecture’ is reshaping the luxury travel sector, providing spaces that are not only structurally beautiful, but also comfortable, functional and sustainable. With guest welfare at the forefront, more ‘healthy-for-human’ hotels are emerging, where both the design and materials used address the physical and mental health of the people inside. This includes ‘living’ buildings, with greenery that grows inside, and design that encourages human movement and mindfulness.
Food as medicine
A disturbing statistic, more than 7 in 10 people take prescription medication, and this unhealthy pill-popping culture has led to an awareness of the need to treat the cause and replace pharmaceuticals with more natural remedies. We’re now seeing a growing trend towards fueling the body well with ‘food as medicine’, with more people ditching the drugs in favour of treating their ailments with the right nutrients. This has also led to an increase in nutrition-friendly holidays, where guests can discover the best diet for their body type and health concerns.
Mindfulness has been a major buzzword in the wellness world over the last few years, and 2018 is set to be the year of ‘mindful movement’. With increased awareness of the connection between the mind and body, a shift towards mindful exercise is occurring, bringing attention and focus to one’s workout, whilst reaping the physical and psychological benefits of exercise. This year will see a significant emergence of such workouts, as well as more retreats offering wellness programs with equal focus on being active and mindful.
Skip gen holidays
While last year we saw a rising trend for family and ‘multi-generational’ holidays, 2018 is set to be the year of ‘skip-gen’ trips, where grandparents take grandchildren on once-in-a-lifetime holidays, leaving parents behind. The reason for this shift can be attributed to the fact that the baby boomer generation is now retiring, with their top priorities being family and travel. Skip-gen holidays combine the two, providing the opportunity for major milestones such as graduations and special birthdays to be celebrated in memorable style.
‘Now Age’ holidays
Not shying away from the mystical world, more wellness retreats are beginning to tap into the healing powers of spirituality. The eclectic new-age practices of the 70’s is alive and flourishing in the ‘now’ society, with the integration of holistic or alternative healing therapies to modern western medicine. From crystal therapy and energy healing to reiki and light therapy, wellness retreats are bringing these unconventional healing techniques to achieve harmony of the mind, body and spirit.
The wellness tourism industry is placing an emphasis on social responsibility and is starting to take steps to ‘pay it forward’ and give back to their communities. From championing locally-made commodities, supporting farmers by procuring home-grown harvests to arranging community exercises to nearby villages, schools or orphanages, resorts are spreading the essence of wellness to those who need it. The rise of ‘eco-tourism’ complements these humanitarian efforts with a focus on community, environmental preservation and self-sustainability.
Healthy ageing population
It’s no secret that we’re living longer but want to look and feel younger, resulting in a boom of healthy-ageing holidays to help maintain a youthful glow. Already highly popular with the Baby Boomer generation, the appeal is also rising in popularity with millennials; the oldest of whom are now in their mid-thirties! From collagen facials and vitamin C injections to non-surgical facelifts and menopause relief, spas and health retreats are offering consumers the opportunity to help slow down the clock.