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If your new year’s resolution is to be a better, healthier you, but the thought of jumping on a treadmill leaves you in a cold sweat, don’t fret. With wellness tourism now one of the fastest growing trends in travel, here are our top ‘healthcation’ picks1 for your next trip.
If “asana” to you means an American steam room (a sauna... geddit?), Yoga For Bad People might just be the refreshingly flexible (pun intended) healthcation you need. Combining meditation and yoga with a healthy dose of good old fashioned fun, these retreats offer a light hearted approach to yoga and a “come as you are” attitude to make everyone feel welcome. Practice your poses to the beats of Outkast and Zeppelin, before dressing up and hitting the town, or staying in and reading – whatever works for you.
Another increasingly popular retreat combines the adrenalin rush of surfing with the calming benefits of yoga. Surf Maroc offers the best of both worlds at their Yoga Surf Retreats on the exotic coast of Morocco. Guests will be guided through a progressive exploration of all aspects of yoga, while enjoying daily surf excursions – and it’s suitable for all levels!
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If you’re jetting off to a winter destination, consider including a quick visit to a hot spring. Naturally occurring hot springs around the world are packed with restorative minerals which are thought to assist with problems like back pain and arthritis.
In Japan, these hot springs, or onsen, can be a great therapy to ease tired muscles after a day on the slopes. You’ll find indoor and outdoor onsens scattered throughout the country and they’re generally accessible by staying at a traditional inn (ryokan) or by visiting public bath houses. For something a little different, Spa World in Osaka offers themed spas (think Ancient Rome and Atlantis), while the Yunessun hot spring theme park in Hakone gives you the opportunity to bathe in coffee or even wine.
If you’d happily ditch rest and relaxation in favour of a more adventurous holiday, what better way to see the French countryside than on a cycling tour?
Numerous tour companies such as Burgundy Bike Tours and Cyclomundo offer trips ranging from half-day expeditions to longer cycling holidays, and will even custom build them for you. From Provence to Normandy, the Loire Valley and everywhere in between, you can tour your favourite part of the real France at a relaxed pace - and of course, all that exercise means you can feast on fromage without any of the guilt.
As a nation, it's getting more and more difficult to switch off. Between work emails, Netflix and the online noise of social media, we are becoming increasingly glued to our screens, which can negatively impact our concentration, our productivity and our ability to truly relax.
If this sounds like you, there are a number of tech-free retreats such as those run by It’s Time to Log Off, where attendees give up their smartphones and gadgets in favour of a mindful connection with the great outdoors. Here, you'll swap memes for mindfulness, and detox in more ways than one (retreats are alcohol-free and include a plant-based diet). A range of group activities like hiking, kite-flying and story-telling will have you making meaningful connections with other participants, while having fun just being in the moment.
Regardless of where you’re jetting off to, it’s important to stay protected. It takes just a few minutes to get a quote with nib travel insurance and if you’re an nib customer, you receive a 10% discount2!
1The options listed in this article are not affiliated in any way with nib or nib Travel Insurance and we recommend that you make the necessary enquiries to ensure a retreat is right for you before you book. Also note that nib Travel Insurance does not include cover for medical expenses incurred in Australia or for travelling to obtain medical treatment.
210% discount applies to the nib Travel Insurance premium (including GST and stamp duty) for nib customers that currently hold a health insurance product, an Overseas Student Health Cover product or an Overseas Visitors Health Cover product with nib. The discount offer is correct at time of publication. nib Travel Insurance Distribution Pty Limited, ABN 40 129 262 175, AR 336467 (nib) is an authorised representative of Cerberus Special Risks Pty Ltd, ABN 81 115 932 173, AFSL 308461 (CSR) and is authorised by CSR to distribute and issue travel insurance policies. This is general advice and you should consider if this product suits your needs. Before you buy, please read the Product Disclosure Statement. This insurance is underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd’s and arranged by CSR.