As a co-founder of Triphealthy.com, I know that our purpose was to discuss how to travel abroad and go, stay, and return feeling healthy, well and good. Our theme was to provide some insight into hazards to watch out for while traveling abroad, in the hope that people with chronic diseases would not hesitate to go and enjoy the world.
To me, traveling abroad means visiting as many cultural and historical sites possible...going through ancient castles, churches, museums, and zoos. You have the opportunity to visit picturesque villages, walk on cobblestone streets, and climb steps to reach high cave openings, and so on. You are always on the go, always moving in and out of vehicles and tour buses.
You can, however, plan for a more serene vacation. You can plan to visit the myriad of places around the globe with beautiful and quiet beaches. I love to travel to the Caribbean to go sit and watch the waves come and go. Eleanor and Ron love Mexico for fishing and whale watching. You might plan a vacation to a Spa and experience adventures for the mind and the body, all part of a life of wellness.
Spas and their offerings
We think, historically, of old world spas, where the “rich and restless” went “to take the waters” and even to “drink the waters.” We imagine choices of hydrotherapy, mud baths, seaweed cleansing and a variety of massages. But they also offer:
-Classes about fresh, healthy foods for a “new” diet and nutrition; and experiences for adventures in “good cuisine”.
-Practices of meditative styles of serenity.
-Holistic health and preventative medicine programs.
-Spiritual awareness seminars, designed to stretch one’s mental limitations.
-Lessons about stress control and relaxation techniques.
-Encounters with weight management, new age retreats and yoga.
Seminars, as well as activities, to challenge the mind, if not the body.
Continued April 24, 2014: Where to Go