Wellness-centric vacations are always in-vogue. A healthy body and mind help reduce inflammation, one the major markers for health. It is possible to travel healthfully, and come away recharged, glowing and restored. From golden beaches to rocky terrains and lush rain forests, the options are endless. And even if traveling isn’t in the cards for you right now, daydreaming about far off places is an inspiring way to pass the time. Read below about 7 healthy cities to go on vacation. Calling all surf-lovers, trekkers, mystics, and peace-loving adventurers…your journey awaits!
San Benito, Philippines
Our first of 7 healthy cities is in the Philippines. This place is especially famous for San Benito’s internationally known ‘health’ resorts, catering to their guests with various wellness packages for a holistic way of life. These packages are a combination of detoxifying spa and body cleansing, color therapy, crystal healing, and adventurous treks.
The main focus of most of the Philippines resorts is helping the guests relax and balance their body chakras without the stresses of concrete jungles. But that is not all. San Benito’s geographical features appeal to trekkers and climbers. You can cherry-pick the package that suits your hiking desires and spend a couple of days deep in nature. Relax in the evenings by enjoying beautiful sunsets with grooving music on some of the private beaches until midnight.
The small town Dahab of Egypt is located right over the Red Sea. It boasts gold dust sandy beaches with excellent scuba diving. Once here explore various meditation camps, to ‘Pranic’ healing places.
Plan for some adventures like a day-long trek to the famous Mount Sinai’s peak, or move around some of the city’s intriguing places in a foldable scooter. Once back, relax and enjoy an excellent aromatic oil massage at one of Dahab’s golden sand beaches.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
California’s Joshua Tree National Park has always been an adventurous retreat for rock-climbing, tree-loving, and star-gazing enthusiasts. The stunningly beautiful National Park of Joshua Tree is well-knit amid the Mojave and Colorado deserts. From the otherworldly sunrises to Crayola-colored sunsets and the silence of the wilds, this park is a treasure.
A couple of hours drive from central Los Angeles, this gem rejuvenates the body and mind. Become one with nature through hiking and escaping the LA pollution. Grab some star-gazing paraphernalia and spend your nights admiring the Milky Way’s beauty and finding new twinkling stars.
Sri Lanka, Colombo
Sri Lanka is home to Ayurvedic yoga, associated with detox therapies. This place is not too popular among back-packers—instead, the country flocks with people looking for a relaxing and soothing vacation. Enjoy meditation, the unique culture, and many temples. Sri Lanka is truly Mother Nature’s pride.
You can also opt for a certified yoga workshop run by locals. These decades-old yoga lessons and relaxing massages, steam, and sauna baths restore visitors from the inside out. Go for the revitalizing facial massages done by some of Sri Lanka’s experienced masseurs.
The red-colored rocky terrains of Arizona’s Sedona is famous among adventure-seeking backpackers. This place stands just perfect for hiking and week-long camping expeditions. Sedona is most commonly known as the ‘vortex,’ which means area of positive energy. Known for spirituality and wellness, this US-based city is a high-ranking place in our 7 healthy cities to visit because Americans can get there by car.
Catch up with fellow travelers who enjoy practicing yoga, meditating, and opting for power walks to balance their body’s metabolism and uplift their chakras. People automatically feel refreshed and re-energized in Sedona.
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Surfing is yet another healthy activity to consider while planning your next trip. And, Jeffrey’s Bay is an ideal place to experience it. This town is a few hours’ drive from Cape Town and is the sea-lovers retreat. With an array of activities, like horseback riding, scuba-diving, and surfing lessons, South Africa’s Jeffrey’s Bay is a true surfer’s paradise.
Once here, you have all the time in the world. Get up in the morning, and after a local’s healthy fresh breakfast, head towards the beach of your choice for a of surf, sand, and healthy vitamin D. Spend your vacation while enjoying the small things and get back home full of health and positive energy.
Apart from all the lush green wilds and sand-kissed beaches, Reykjavik of Iceland stands unique with its skiing and snow activities. Reykjavik is bursting with sustainable energy and natural beauty.
Plan for a week-long tour or wellness retreat offered by the well-known Blue Lagoon. Spend an entire day skiing at their private locations. Later, you can relax by the geothermal pools and rejuvenating spas. Try a hot and cold stone massage, which helps the lymphatic system. Walk, hike and view amazing waterfalls too.
You can turn every adventurous vacation into a wellness retreat. Traveling to the right places imparts new vigor of your body, soul, and mind. Since travel is a healthy addiction, you can start planning for your next trip by framing an idea from the 7 healthy cities mentioned above, which are chock-full of activities that impart wellness. Instead of taking a cruise and spending time in buffet lines and watching shows on the ship, get out. Experience nature. Be one with the earth, mountains, trees and sand. Plan accordingly, and your next vacation will leave you healthier than when you left home.