Here’s what to pack for a sound mind and body on the road.
2018 is shaping up to be a peak year for wellness tourism, and that’s reaching far beyond the yoga retreats and spas that come to mind.
A Global Wellness Institute survey found travelers took 691 million wellness trips—defined as “travel associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing one’s personal wellbeing”—in 2015, up from about 104 million in 2013. Wellness tourism is set to bring in $678.5 billion this year worldwide.
Here at Travel + Leisure, we also saw a shift in the destination spa category of this year’s World’s Best Awards survey. It’s no longer just about endless pampering as travelers focus on finding time for fitness, nutrition, and nature on vacation. Health-conscious cruises and travel guide companies are on the rise. And the growing popularity of hotel workout classes and farm-to-table resorts are more than enough to tempt an escape from the bleary everyday-ness of our calendar-ruled lives.
If you’re not intentional about it, travel can truly wreak havoc on your health. The good habits you’ve worked hard to develop in your everyday routine—consistent sleeping patterns, regular workouts, summoning the strength to avoid ordering takeout—are easily upended on vacation.
Add to that the stress of long lines, tight connections, and close quarters with strangers, and it’s no wonder we’re craving getaways designed to refresh and renew.
While a weeklong trip to a spiritual retreat or a digital detox are fitting short-term solutions, we need to be more mindful about incorporating wellness on every trip we take. That’s easier said than done—as most habit changes are—but there are tools to help you make healthy choices and feel less likely to derail physically or mentally when traveling, no matter where you’re headed.
Below, we’re sharing our favorite tried and true products to help you have more energy and less stress on your next trip.