What is a Wellness Vacation

WELLNESS VACATION..WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Wellness Vacations come in many forms. It just depends on what you as an individual are looking for.  Some people may look at a Spa with several Spa Treatments and time at the beach as a wellness vacation.  others might want to incorporate yoga, spa and exercise programs.  Its definitely an individual preference.

There are many companies selling Wellness Vacations, so I did some checking into what they are saying are “Must Haves” for a wellness vacation.

Massages:  32 % of people polled in a survey said that Massages were their number one must have. In fact they wanted SEVERAL massages.  And I have to agree, there is nothing better than a good massage.

Culinary – 28% of people surveyed  said that a Must Have was great cuisine. They wanted healthy food, vegan food, nutrition advice, cooking classes and fine dining. And again I have to agree, I love my food!

Physical Activities: 24% of the people surveyed wanted exercise classes, walks, water activities, hiking, access to a physical trainer and yoga.

Nature:  23% wanted a beautiful location, fresh air, great views, beach, warm weather and hot springs.
Rest and Relaxation:  18% responded that they want downtime. They want to decompress and de-stree with total time out.

Peace and Quiet:  12% required a relaxed atmosphere, serenity, peaceful enviroment and quiet time away from everything.

So, whats on your “Must Have” list if you were going on a Wellness Vacation?  I know myself I would pretty much go with exactly what is listed and mostly in that order.  I would only add one thing, and that would be my best girlfriends to have some laughter as well!

From a really great website www.traveltowellness.com I have included this article.

TIPS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT SPA
OR WELLNESS VACATION

When you’re looking to find a spa, finding the right spa really depends on what YOU are looking for and what YOU will feel comfortable and happy with.
Ask yourself these questions:

What is my most important objective in planning a spa or wellness holiday?
a) pampering b)bonding c)stress management d) kick start a healthier lifestyle
What kind of accommodations am I looking for?
a) an intimate country inn b) a city hotel c) a family resort d) a luxury golf resort

• What kind of food do I want?
a) international gourmet b) basic and nutritious c) lighter spa cuisine d) vegetarian

In addition to spa treatments what do I want to do during the day?
a) lounge by the pool b) physical and recreational activities c) take part in educational programs d) shopping or sightseeing

• How do I want to spend the evenings?
a) read and relax b) take part in educational workshops c) enjoy live in-house entertainment d) take in local theatre/nightclubs
• If I’m travelling with a partner, a family member, friends, what are their main interests?
a) relaxation and renewal b) recreational facilities and physical activities c) off-site shopping or sightseeing d) socializing and nightlife
• How much do I want to spend?
Budget will determine how far you travel from home, how long you stay and the type of accommodations you choose. Remember even if you can’t afford to stay at a resort spa, you can stay at a nearby hotel that is less expensive, then book spa facilities as a day guest.

The answers to your questions will help you determine your needs and objectives, and help you find a spa that’s right for you. Do keep in mind, however, that due to the continuing popularity of spas and wellness programs, facilities can book up quickly, so reserve treatments at the same time as you make a hotel booking. Other questions to keep in mind:

What is there to do other than spa?
• Is the restaurant licensed? Or, is it BYOB and if yes, is there a corkage fee for opening wine with dinner?
• What else should I bring?
• Do the rooms have TVs and telephones?
• What about Internet access?
• What else is there to do in the immediate area?
• How far is the inn/resort/hotel from the nearest town/city/airport?.

So keep all this in mind when dreaming of a Wellness Vacation!  Now…Relax!

Travel Insurance..the ongoing Dilemma

In my 20+ years of experience being a Travel Agent I am still baffled as to why people feel they don`t need Travel Insurance.  Come on people…not everyone is rich enough to pay a huge medical bill if while on holidays something happens.  And just because you are healthy doesn`t mean you might not get hit by a car, or fall down at a resort and break your leg!travel3

So I shake my head and start the process of telling them how very important it is to at least buy Health Insurance.  Cancellation is a whole other process to convince people to get.travel2

There are 3 plans that you can look at buying when purchasing Insurance for travel.  The Deluxe Plan, Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption and Health insurance.

Ideally the Deluxe plan is by far the best.  It covers you for Health, Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Air Accident, and Baggage.  Some insurance companies also cover Cancel for any reason.

The Cancellation/Trip Interruption plan will cover you for cancelling before you go on a trip, and if you are on your trip the trip interruption will cover you should something happen while on holidays and you have expenses like a first class ticket home because you need that, hotel and transportation expenses while down there.  When I am talking to people about the Cancellation I ask them one direct questions.  “Can you afford to lose all the money you put out for this vacation if you have to cancel”  Simple.  It’s a personal opinion on cancellation as a lot of people feel it’s a waste of money.  Well people, it’s a waste of money if you don’t have to cancel!travel1

Health Insurance Plan – This covers health issues while on holidays.  If you get ill while on holidays, it will be covered as long as it’s not a pre-existing condition.  If you are pregnant, and something happens pertaining to your pregnancy, it could be considered a pre-existing condition.  Just one example.

Examples of claims I have had – A young man went to a wedding in the Dominican.  He jumped into a pool and broken his leg VERY bad.  He had always told me he didn’t require travel insurance.  Lucky for him his dad was going on  he same trip and paid for his insurance to make sure he was covered.  Lucky his Dad had some sense.

Another example – a lady went on a cruise to Alaska.  She slipped on the deck and broke her hip.  Luckily she had insurance.

And just a little note regarding drinking alcohol or doing drugs on holidays.  Your travel insurance will NOT cover you if you are drunk or High.  Please remember that!

I will never stop stressing how important Travel Insurance is.  Please keep that in mind when you go to book a Vacation.

Be Safe!