Travel and Culture

Wellness Holidays

Global publisher of travel offers Travelzoo® have found that 83% of people say taking a holiday has a positive effect on their mental health. This isn’t exactly breaking news but more interestingly, 70% of respondents are also incorporating wellness activities in to their plans.

Wellness is defined as improving mental or physical health. Gone are the days of lying on a sun lounger in Fiji and in with golf, tennis, yoga and mindfulness. While wellness holidays are often perceived to be more expensive however removing any sort of alcohol and spending and quietly looking after yourself could be much more financially savvy not to mention better for you.

World Health Organisation “mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health” and 92% of members interviewed (in April 2019 from Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, UK and USA) say mental well being is as important as physical to them.

Currently, Germans are leading the charge with 64% saying they have previously taken a wellness break. While a relatively new concept here in New Zealand there are many wellness retreats across the country.

With mental health becoming increasingly important with the fast paced world we live in today, here are some ideas of some small things you can do while you plan your next break.

Walk in the local gardens
Book in a massage
Spa at the pool
Head to the airport and watch planes take off and land
Read a book
Call a friend or family member
Go for a high tea
Head to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls

What do you like to do for your mindfulness? Do you have a wellness holiday planned? We would love to hear from you.

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