Wellness Retreats vs. Regular Vacations

5 Reasons Why A Wellness Retreat Is Way Better Than a Regular Vacation

If you’re looking to book a vacation this year, you can book any type of getaway, but if what you’re in search of is an experience, consider a wellness retreat.

Wellness retreats offer a unique opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life to re-set and re-charge, re-commit to your health and wellness goals, and find a community of like-minded people to support you along the way.

Here are 5 reasons why a wellness retreat is way better than a regular vacation—and why you should book yours today.

Improved health and happiness

Although a regular vacation is an opportunity to get away from the frenetic pace  of everyday life, and maybe sightsee and a try a new cuisine, the joy that people experience is usually short-lived.

In fact, according to a 2018 survey by the American Psychological Association, 40 percent of people surveyed said the positive effects of taking time off from work only last a few days.

Since a wellness retreat is specifically focused on your health and well-being, the benefits are more significant—and longer lasting—than a regular vacation.

According to a March 2017 study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, people who attended a 1-week wellness retreat experienced significant improvements to their health such as weight loss, lower blood pressure, and improved mood for up to 6 weeks afterward.

A plan that sticks

Even if you do decide that you’re going to eat more green leafy vegetables, hit the gym and carve out time for self care
when you return from vacation for example, life always seems to get in the way.

At a wellness retreat, you’re there for a purpose, whether it’s to lose weight or cope with stress more effectively. Instead of thinking about your goal, at a wellness retreat, you’ll actually get the information, personalized advice and proven framework to help you establish your health and wellness goals and stick with them long-term.

Plenty of time spent in nature

Unlike a regular vacation where you’re usually in one location the entire time, or your traveling to several places but trying to squeeze in as much sightseeing as possible, a wellness retreat provides the opportunity to spend plenty of time connecting with nature, which studies show is a proven way to lower stress and anxiety and help you re-charge.

Wellness retreats that focus on hiking and outdoor fitness classes in particular, take place in picturesque settings surrounded by mountains or beachfront properties overlooking the ocean, and provide the perfect setting for rejuvenation.

Expert advice

A wellness retreat affords a unique opportunity to connect with experts, take advantage of a full schedule of health, nutrition, and fitness classes, and return home with practical tips you can easily incorporate into your everyday life—something a regular vacation can’t claim


Since wellness retreats offer all-inclusive package deals, they’re generally more affordable than a regular vacation—even all-inclusive resorts where you usually have to shell out more for high-end restaurants, certain activities or a massage, for example. At most wellness retreats, accommodations, meals, activities, classes and massages are part of one package price.

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