Wellness Tourism

Holistic Team

What Is Wellness Tourism?

It's travel that promotes psychological or physical wellness. While some people who go on these excursions suffer from an illness, wellness tourism can also be viewed as a preventative measure. 

Some travlers go on these types of wellness excursions to receive medical care that isn't available in their area.  However,  wellness excursions don't have to involve medical procedures and some people feel that travel to a different location for medical care doesn't count as a wellness excursion.

These excursion's can vary ranging from  yoga or meditation retreats to backpacking and hiking are also common activities during wellness excursions. 

Why Should You Travel For Personal Wellness?

Seeing new places has proven to  benefiticial for psychological health. The unexpected situations that arise while traveling can boost confidence. Often times, this boost in confidence is long lasting. 

Traveling to an area where the locals are in a positive mood can have a positive impact on our own moods. In addition, memories of seeing an awe inspiring sight while traveling can stick with us forever. This can improve mood long after returning home. 

Traveling also can give travelers a lot of time to themselves, and this can create a psychological reset. This can greatly reduce stress even after returning home. 

Travelers also are likely to learn new skills. The learning that takes place during wellness retreats can promote an increase in brain activity. This increase in brain activity can create positive thinking. 

Traveling to a warm climate during the winter is a powerful way to alleviate seasonal blues. It also can provide us with higher levels of vitamin D.

Travelers who go on wellness retreats have plenty of stories to tell people. This can help them to connect with other people better. Being able to connect with others can boost self esteem.

Where Do People Typically Travel To For Wellness?

Here are some popular destinations within the United States:

  • Cape Cod
  • The West Coast (Brookings, Oregon is particularly popular)
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Hawaii
  • The Blue Ridge Mountains (Western North Carolina)


Populare destinations outside of the United States:

  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • India
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Thailand


How Much Does A Wellness Excursion Typically Cost?

The cost of a wellness vacation can range from several hundres to ten thousand or more.  On average, people spend $581 for a domestic vacation (a vacation that doesn't involve travel to a foreign country). However, a 12 to 13 night trip to a foreign country costs an average of $3,250.

What Are Some Companies That Arrange Wellness Tourism?



This company's wellness travel packages include destinations in Bali and Indonesia. They also have destinations in many other countries, including the United States. While at the retreats, travelers stay at top notch resorts and listen to speakers that promote wellness. 

Life And Balance Wellness:


Life and Balance Wellness offers retreats ranging in duration from one or two days to over a week. Travelers practice meditation and yoga during the stay. Their retreat center is located in Arizona.

Well Traveled:


Well Traveled is a travel agency that specializes in wellness travel. They have helped to organize clients' vacations to locations throughout the world. 

Health And Fitness Travel:


Health and Fitness Travel organizes vacations throughout the world, and you can tailor the activities of your trip to suit your needs. Their website also offers plenty of information about wellness travel