Spa Part 2: Where to go?
Certainly, one can go to a neighborhood site for a few hours, or to a nearby travel destination for a weekend. But the adventure of traveling to a new place- foreign and exotic- may fill the travel lust we have postponed because of our perceive need for staying close to home and avoid stress related demands as a “tourist.”
Here are a few suggested destinations:
Canada: The western and Pacific provinces offer a range of health clubs and centers, as well as exciting outdoor adventures. Canada also offers the added bonus, for American travelers, of familiar language and ease of entry.
Mexico: Spas can be traced to the ancient Aztecs, who bathed at the country’s many steaming hot springs. Modern Mexico has developed many equipped resort type spas.
The Bahamas, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, the Virgin Islands, and other Caribbean islands: Europeans brought their treatment practices along with their conquering soldiers and settlers.
Germany: Look at any map of Germany, and notice the amazing array of cities with the key words “Bad” or “Baden” (i.e., baths).
Italy: The Roman’s knew lots about spa’s and baths.
Turkey: Ever heard of “Turkish baths,” or “Turkish towels”?
Cruises to everywhere: Offer spa facilities and wellness programs.
Travel is stressful and those with chronic illnesses may feel it more than others. Whether you are abroad to do “touristy things,” business, or visit family, you can plan to rejuvenate yourself by spending a day at the spa. Call a halt for a day or two to renew and refresh your energy and mind. Get a massage and/or a pedicure and think of nothing but peace, quiet and serenity.