Wellness can go far beyond pampering at a luxury spa, or enjoying a long soak in an infinity pool. In fact, over the last few years, wellness travel has become one of the fastest growing areas of tourism, offering opportunities for self-exploration and discovery — a way to reduce stress, find some inner quiet, and generally maintain physical and mental well-being.
This Spring Break, instead of heading to Cancun or Cabo, why not opt for a hiking tour, a digital detox, or an adventure that makes a difference to the lives of others? Here are some travel ideas to encourage you to prioritize your well-being, and feel recharged in body and mind.
1. Grab a pair of hiking boots
The U.S. offers a wide range of hiking trails for those looking to put on a sturdy pair of boots and explore on their own two feet. For ambitious and experienced hikers, try the Appalachian Trail extending between Georgia and Maine or The Pacific Crest Trail, spanning 2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico. If you’re not up for a multiple month adventure, there are plenty of Spring Break friendly, self-contained trails and national parks all over the country worth exploring.
2. Achieve a state of zen
Everyday life can be hectic, and meditation has become an essential tool for many looking to recalibrate and find some inner peace. Whether you’ve been practicing for years, or just dabble from time-to-time, there are hundreds of meditation retreats that could bring your practice to the next level.
For the full, immersive experience, head to South East Asia to study practices originating from local traditions and in particular, Vipassana — one of India’s oldest forms of meditation, first taught 2,500 years ago. Alternatively, look around for meditation centers near you if you’d rather unplug and decompress closer to home. Wherever you choose to go, once you’ve learned the basics of meditation and it becomes a daily habit, you’ll find it hard to imagine going without it.
3. Disconnect from your devices
It’s been reported that travelers on average spend 9 hours on social media over the course of a one-week holiday, and Spring Break can magnify the urge to be glued to your phone. While this statistic may seem shocking, it might be the perfect jolt you need to consider going tech-free, turning off your screens, and logging off for your next getaway.
Whether you choose to just leave your laptop or phone in the hotel, head to a location in the wilderness with no cell reception, or book a luxury resort where you hand over your devices at check-in, going off-the-grid will encourage you to tune in to yourself and your surroundings. It’s a great way to be more mindful about your dependency on technology, and develop a more conscious approach to your digital life.
4. Turn your volume down
Have you ever tried not speaking for an entire day? How about an entire week? For many of us, being quiet doesn’t come naturally. And that’s why silent retreats are becoming more and more popular, challenging our ability to remove daily distractions and take a much-needed pause.
Often offered hand-in-hand with meditation and mindfulness programs, silent retreats help you reduce the constant chatter in your life, and teach you the importance of non-verbal communication. Whether you opt for a silent escape by the picturesque California coastline, or a peaceful retreat in New York, a silent vacation is sure to relax you and improve your mental well-being.
5. Feel good by doing good
While wellness travel usually aims to improve your own well-being, it can also be about improving the lives of others. Service-focused vacations will help you make a difference, feel great doing good, and get peace of mind knowing that your money is being put to good use.
This Spring Break, take a few days to build homes for vulnerable communities around the world with Habitat for Humanity, or work on a wide number of sustainable development projects — there are hundreds of programs offered by NGOs around the globe that allow you to be more culturally conscious, socially responsible, and environmentally-friendly.
We know traveling can be hard on your finances, so let N26 help you dream big and explore somewhere new. To help you reach your Spring Break goals, whatever they may be, we’re hosting our first Instagram giveaway, giving $500 to two winners for a trip of a lifetime.
Follow these steps to enter:
- Follow @n26us on Instagram
- Like the contest post
- Tag a friend or two in the comments. 1 tag = 1 entry. Max of 5 entries
- We’ll pick a winner and let them know on March 13 via a DM so keep your eyes open!
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