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If the main goal of your next travel expedition is to be a complete glutton and/or sloth, you’re behind the times.
These days, it’s all about wellness travel. And no, we’re not just saying that because we’re a travel blog that focuses on health and wellness. The Global Wellness Tourism Congress, an international organization comprised of leaders of the spa and wellness industries, recently released a study on the emerging trend of wellness travel, concluding that it’s growing even faster than general global travel.
And yes, wellness tourism is exactly what it sounds like. It’s traveling for the purpose of maintaining, managing or improving one’s health and well-being. This can mean taking care of your physical, mental, or emotional health through activities such as yoga, fitness, and spa treatments.
While you might think that sounds great, you may also be wondering why it’s necessary. But think about it. Most of the time, we imagine a vacation or trip to be something that’s relaxing and wonderful, when in reality it’s often stressful (flashback to losing your luggage) and can disrupt routines like exercising, sleeping, and normal eating habits.
But instead of allowing the harmful cycle to repeat itself, many travelers are now taking trips that are specifically focused on maintaining and improving their personal health. They’re looking for a vacation that actually does rejuvenate them and relieve stress.
According to the study, wellness tourism is a $438.6 billion dollar global market, but only represents about six percent of all domestic and international trips. Still, it’s projected to grow over nine percent every year until 2017.
Currently, wellness tourism is most popular among citizens in the United States, Germany, France, Japan, and Austria. But it’s anticipated to rise in countries in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East/North Africa.
So if you’re planning your next vacation, you might want to consider focusing on your overall well-being. While it may be different from what you’re used to, we have a feeling you’re going to fully enjoy it.
Photo from Four Seasons Magazine.