In the past few years there has been a major change in the way many people book their vacations. Instead of looking for locations with amusement parks and tourist destinations, they are looking for places directly related to their health. This new trend in vacationing is now being referred to as “Wellness Tourism” as it offer the perfect blend of fun and fitness.
Mind, Body and Soul
Industry experts note that while there are still plenty of “typical tourists” who are simply looking for the best place to relax, unwind, and have fun, many are now looking for a more balanced or mindful vacation spot. These tourists are looking for vacation destinations that help to nourish the mind, body, and soul. In most cases this means finding places where they can truly experience the local lifestyle rather than a carefully cultivated tourist mindset.
One of the bigger considerations for those interested in wellness tourism is the types of foods travelers can expect to enjoy while on vacation. Instead of opting for four and five star cuisine or a steady diet of fast foods, this type of vacation has so much more to offer. Since this type of vacation hinges on wellness and what the locals have to offer, travelers are just as likely to find meals being served during tours of the local farms as spending time in a cooking class designed to teach guests how to create several of the most popular local dishes.
Cooking tours are becoming increasingly popular as more “foodies” are starting to take advantage of well touring. Since many of the best local dishes are served with fresh ingredients produced on the farms travelers are likely to visit, these classes offer the perfect opportunity to learn how to prepare dishes that are not only extremely tasty, but also very healthy because they are not packed with processed ingredients.
Not everyone wants or needs an action packed vacation that never seems to give them a moment to breathe, let alone to think. In fact it has been proven that in many cases this type of vacation tends to be more stressful than the environment the wellness tourist went on vacation to leave behind. New locations that include mountain cabins, quaint motels deep in the woods, and small villages located out of the way in the U.S. and many other countries around the world are rapidly finding themselves in high demand.
However, these locations that are often far out of cell phone reach and without Internet access offer a real chance to truly get away from it all. In some locations travelers may find classes in yoga or tai chi being taught. These classes are not only good for the body, they have been proven time and again to be exceptionally good for the soul.
The Fine Arts
Food and exercise are not the only aspect of this new trend in wellness tourism, in fact they are only the tip of the iceberg. There are now a number of locations that now cater to the artistic crowd. Here guests may find top rated local artists offering classes created for both budding and experienced artists alike. For many people art is more than a passion, practicing their favorite form of art provides them a chance to relax and explore the inner reaches of their creativity. For those who are truly passionate about their art, these locations have a lot to offer in terms of projects, camaraderie, and education.
Short Stays Welcome
It has long been said that Americans never seem to have enough time to truly relax. But Americans are not the only ones who live such busy lifestyles, in recent years Canadians also seem to be suffering from this same issue. Many of the most popular wellness destinations offer short stay packages designed specifically with this lifestyle in mind. Among these vacation packages are simple weekend getaways to the country or city breaks where guests spend a weekend or a few days in a particular hotel where they can attend culinary or art classes.
In the coming years wellness tourism is expected to become one of the fastest growing trends in the tourism industry. This is credited to the fact that an ever growing segment of the American and Canadian population has begun to focus on their health and is intent on developing healthier habits to nourish mind, body, and soul. The U.S. is expecting to see a growth of approximately 46 million “wellness trips” by as early as 2017 as growth in the industry continues to accelerate.