Wellness holidays are most definitely on the rise – more and more travellers are seeking out health and wellbeing holidays over the more traditional holiday, and this trend does not seem to be slowing down any time soon.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, the expenditure for wellness tourists in 2015 was $563 billion, a big increase from $489 back in 2013.
This is expected to grow to $808 billion between now and 2020, proving that wellness holidays are becoming increasingly popular.
So, what’s the appeal of wellness holidays?
Read on to find out why wellness tourism is becoming more and more popular.
A break from busy
One of the reasons for the surge in popularity of wellness holidays is down to the fact that more and more of us have increasingly busy lifestyles.
The battle to balance work with socialising, maintaining a home and building relationships can be exhausting in the world we live in today, with the constant pressure to be overachieving and constantly on the move.
This is why wellness holidays are such a welcome retreat – they allow tourists the chance to not only relax and unwind, but also concentrate on health and wellbeing, which are often left neglected in our hectic day-to-day lives.
They allow us to give both our mind and body the chance to recharge, something which isn’t always the case with traditional holidays.
The health trend
Another reason for the rise of wellness holidays has got to be down to the health and fitness trend.
There is more pressure than ever to be fit and healthy, with a huge surge in fitness supplements, workout wear and health foods over the past few years.
This, combined with the fact that social media is increasingly becoming saturated with images of attractive fitness ‘gurus’ working out, is a definite reason for the boost in popularity of wellness holidays.
Solo travelling is definitely another contributing factor to the rise of wellness holidays – more and more young people are setting out on solo trips abroad in order to learn more about themselves and the world around them.
Whether it’s part of a gap year or simply a voyage of discovery, wellness holidays are the perfect opportunity to go travelling alone and meet new people, learn about yourself and grow as a person, making them ideal for solo travellers.