Recently, it seems like everyone has been bitten by the travel bug. Maybe your ideal trip is one where you get to relax by the water in a tropical destination, or perhaps you’re up for something more adventurous, fast-paced, and physically demanding, or maybe even you’d like to do a bit of volunteering to give back.
No matter what your preferred style of travel is I think we can all agree that traveling does some serious good for our mental health. While there may not be one perfect trip or destination, if you manage to relax and leave all of your worries behind while also being socially and environmentally conscious, then you’re probably on the right track.
Here are some of the top travel destinations where you can put your well-being first and feel good about it.
1. Queenstown, New Zealand
Take the time to focus on your physical and mental well-being unlike ever before at Aro Ha resort in Queenstown. Located in the Southern Alps overlooking Lake Wakatipu, this retreat focuses on physical and emotional health by incorporating yoga, meditation, healthy meals, time outside in nature, and relaxing sauna and massage sessions to bring peace and balance to your body and mind while implementing eco-conscious practices.
2. Kyoto, Japan
Travel to the birthplace of forest bathing and immerse yourself in nature for a transformative experience. Explore Kyoto’s stunning foliage including its bamboo groves to unwind and be in the present moment. Relax in mineral water hot springs or try a traditional Japanese shiatsu massage. Disconnect as you walk and visit ancient temples.
3. Riviera Maya, Mexico
Explore the best of the Riviera Maya at the Xel-Ha Park. What better way to take care of your physical and mental health than by being out in nature. Explore the beautiful natural surroundings and keep an eye out for wildlife. Stay active on the water with activities such as snorkeling and touring nearby rivers and cenotes. You can truly relax and focus on your well-being knowing that environmental sustainability and local wildlife and water sources are being protected here.
What better country to travel to for the sake of your mental health than one that measures success based on happiness. Immerse yourself in the grand Himalayan mountains and explore happiness and mindfulness techniques Buddhist monks have been practicing for centuries. Maybe try a yoga and meditation retreat or go on a multi-day trek through the Himilayas if you feel like being more active.