There is a growing trend among newlyweds that don’t want to take a lazy honeymoon who are looking for an activity- based honeymoon instead. Though most couples consider the honeymoon as a time for rest and relaxation to recover from wedding planning stress, more couples today are beginning to have a desire to deal with that post wedding stress through physical activities, rather than lounging on a beach or at a pool.
Travel Agents are Becoming Wellness Specialists
Today there is an increase in the number of people with a desire to make health a priority, not only who want a healthy lifestyle at home, but also want to travel in a healthy manner. As a result, travel agents are now becoming certified in health and wellness travel industries so they are able to provide consumers with available health and wellness options while vacationing and wellness-focused vacations.
Hotel Chains Are Beginning to Focus on Wellness
Popular hotel chains that can be found nationally and internationally are increasingly beginning to focus on the health and wellness of their guests. Westin and Four Seasons have integrated wellness programs into their amenities by creating juice bars and healthy food options at their on-site dining establishments. More hotels and resorts are expected to follow the trend as more people begin to embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Airports Encourage Health-Conscious Wait Time
As more travelers are looking for healthy food options, airports are taking notice and beginning to offer more options. Wellness options offered by some national and international airports include yoga rooms, spa and massage, indoor green spaces and healthy dining options for patrons that are waiting for flights to take off or while stopping for layovers.
An Increase in Physical Activities Offered by Resorts
With people having an increased desire for an active vacation, hotels and resorts are beginning to offer more physical and outdoor activities to guests. Popular vacation activities include paddle boarding, outdoor yoga, kayaking, biking, snorkeling, and hiking. Though people still have a desire to have a relaxing vacation experience, they are also looking for a variety of activities that they can do to balance the lounge around time.
Wellness Programs for Business Professionals
Due to the high demands of business professionals, spa resorts have begun to offer packages targeting group travel. Because business professionals are amongst the most highly stressed of today’s society it is a logical conclusion that they would benefit from it the most. Packages include a variety of programs focused on health and wellness, including spa treatments, meditation, nutrition and fitness.
Travel for Athletic Event Participation
More people are beginning to travel to cities and places that offer sporting events to participate in such as marathons and bike rides. There is a growing desire for people to participate in sports-related marathon, give back to a cause, and have the ability to see a new destination at the same time. Popular events include the New York City Marathon and Ride to End AIDS.
With so many people having a strong focus on technology and smartphones lately, people are having a growing desire to head somewhere in the world while being technology-free. Consumers don’t want to have to worry about social media or what is going on at work. Some resorts offer packages that do not have WIFI or cable connections. Packages instead have a strong focus on wellness activities and services, including healthy meals, yoga, and meditation for guests to participate in.
Healthy Food Options on Planes
Various airlines, such as Virgin America and Air Canada, are beginning to offer healthy food options while in the air. Gone are the days when only bagged chips and pretzels were offered in-flight. Fliers are now given healthy food options to eat in-flight, such as salads, veggies crackers and hummus and almonds.
Photo Taking and Sharing
While most people have a tendency to take umpteen photos while traveling so that they can remember their trip and share their experiences with others, a new emphasis is being placed on mindfulness and being present in the moment. Posting to social media and photo sharing websites has changed our social behavior and even the way we look at life, and some are starting to notice that it may be time to swing the pendulum back to the way things used to be to somehow get back to center. While it is still ok to take photos, it is just as important not to miss out on potential once in a lifetime opportunities and experiences that one might have otherwise missed by being overly focused on snapping photos.