“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before” ~ Dalai Lama
What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear ‘wellness travel’? Probably spas, weight loss clinics, women-only retreats, detox clinics and the like. Wellness travel is so much more than spa travel or medical travel. It is more than just connecting the mind, body and soul for individuals seeking to find themselves or improve on something in their lives. It can transcend past the individual to include the family as a whole. We define wellness travel as:
… a vacation or (long term travel) designed to enhance your cultural awareness, provide opportunities to engage socially with locals and maintain a level of fitness and nutrition beneficial to you.
Wellness travel for the family is not any different than wellness travel for the individual. It is simply travel void of over-stimulation. It is meant to be fun and exuberating with activities to fill your brain not occupy your brain. What do we mean by that statement? Often, family vacations are so full of over-stimulation our brains are simply occupied with an abundance of things to mentally consume. It’s over-whelming and exhausting. It is typically when one needs a vacation from the vacation. A vacation that fills the brain adds value, it generates new thoughts, ideas and permeates the brain versus simply occupying space for a limited time period.
Deliberately taking a wellness vacation with the family does not preclude one from ever taking a typical American vacation chalked full of activities from sunrise well past sun down. Mixing it up a bit is probably more idea for most families. After all, what kid does not want to see Mickey Mouse at least once? However, in our effort to promote raising global children, we highly encourage families to incorporate wellness travel with your family more times than not. Our infographic below sums it up for you:
Still searching for reasons to slow down your travel and take the kids? A few years ago, we listed 4 reasons to travel with your kids and it still rings true today. It gives your kids:
- An interactive learning experience.
- It will potentially create a travel bug.
- It will encourage critical thinking and independence.
- You will grow as a family.
Make sure to click over to this article to read the details, 4 Reasons to Travel With Your Kids.
3 Positive Experiences for your next Family Wellness Vacation
You are probably curious to see some places you can experience a wellness vacation with your family. Here are 3 suggestions for you within the USA:
Amelia Island Plantation
Stay in one of the villas on this massive property south east of Jacksonville, Florida or inside the Omni Resort and Spa for an amazing experience filled with your choice of activities such as beach bonfires, your very own 5k, nature programs, tennis and more. Slow down your travel by staying a while, exploring the area, spending time on the water. Let nature be your stimulation. Have it be your home away from home for a month in paradise. Actually most Omni owned and managed resorts offer a wellness component, including a kid’s activity bag, Get Fit Kits and more.
Rancho La Puerta
Near San Diego in Tecate, California, you can ‘journey to true wellness’ with your entire family in tow. Here families can enjoy one of our favorite past times – hiking. They can also head to the tide pools to enjoy some sea life as well as indulging in organic cuisine onsite. “Founded in 1940, Rancho La Puerta started the modern Fitness Revolution…and we’re still on the cutting edge of fitness vacations today,” according to Rancho La Puerta.
Paradise Guest Ranch
If you desire a little more peace and tranquility, head to this dude ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming. Even your toddlers would love this place. You have 15-acres of bliss to roam, horseback ride, hike, swim and let your kids participate in the Young Bucks program. It’s a vacation most do not readily think of, but it is definitely one to consider for your next wellness getaway with the family.
Want a more detailed itinerary for a family wellness vacation? Check back next week for a couple examples you can print and plan.