How enjoyable was your last vacation tour? Did you travel for sight-seeing or just relaxing? Was your trip exhausting or kept your energy level high? Holistic tourism is all about exploring new places, people, and culture that can energize you for self-transformation.
With holistic tourism, you can enjoy a different and satisfying experience that goes beyond the scenic beauty of places and landscapes or tasting new cuisines. It focuses on people understanding more about themselves to revive their lives with enriching thoughts and activities.
If you have read my article on the 8 Dimensions of Wellness, you may agree that leading a sedentary life with the same routine activities would seldom give you total happiness. You can unleash your suppressed emotions and desires when you travel to places that can enhance your intellectual wellness to understand the world better.
A holistic journey can become a life-changing experience when you understand how people live happily in other regions with a different lifestyle, needs, and resources than yours. You can broaden your avenues with more options for wellness to transform yourself for betterment.
Here are 8 practical reasons to explore holistic tourism:
1. Holistic Tour Rejuvenates Your Health
Did you know wandering in an unknown land can put your stress and anxiety far behind? It can help you offload the everyday pressures of life and release the stress from your workplace. The magic happens when you get engrossed in exploring the beauty of a foreign landscape and capturing it in your digital camera. Travelling to a foreign land can fulfil your gastronomic urges with a new dish of organic food hygienically cooked and served in a different platter than your usual house crockeries.
Imagine having a relaxing massage from head to toe, easing your stressed muscles that lightens up your mood to forget all your worries. Then a calm and quiet session of meditation, followed by a refreshing bowl of hot soup and Mediterranean salad made of fresh vegetables with added chunks of mildly spiced chicken or meat. The experience is simply invigorating!
It energizes you for a pleasurable trip to appreciate the beauty of the land spiritually.
So, next time make your travel plans that include your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. You will surely have an enlivening travel experience thereafter.
2. Traveling Defers your Daily Chores
How would you escape from your daily chores that have become an emotionally draining routine with no end to it? Breakaway from the agonizing work schedule that has enchained you and sucks all your energies only to keep your joyful moments away with your family and friends; or atleast to be alone for a while.
Take a flight to a delightful destination. It will make you feel liberated!
It is normal to feel exhausted and less productive if you monotonously continue your daily activities for a prolonged period. But how long can you carry this burden before everything falls apart? Travelling at regular intervals not only disrupts the mundane life but also reloads you with ample energy to focus better and be more productive.
Plan your absence from work as soon as you can and enjoy a holistic trip.
3. Go Places to Understand Cultures Better
One of the best advantages of travelling is the opportunity to experience different cultures of the world. Although your workplace may provide a multi-cultural environment, it hardly provides an insight. The willingness to learn and understand a foreign culture is indeed a holistic approach to improve your social wellness.
Learning a foreign language, trying out new cuisine, or studying their approach to resolve a problem can all be an enriching experience. And travelling to understand cultures in their country is the best way to experience and enjoy life better than reading about it in books and magazines.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.– St. Augustine
What are you waiting for? Which culture attracts you the most? Read about those places and plan to be there with your backpack soon.
4. A Tourist is an Interesting Person
You become an enlightened person by travelling in different places. The bliss you can enjoy by actually travelling in a foreign place and reading about it in a book or a blog are two different experiences. A real-life experience makes you smarter than your colleagues and friends who remain static in their life.
The good things that you observe, learn, and practice, when you travel to a foreign land can help you in your life to transform into a better person. This may not be possible while you remain wherever you live. A good practice can also be an inspiration for others to follow and transform their lives.
It is unlikely that you got bored conversing with a person who has travelled a lot. You can be that interesting person too. Share your rich experiences with friends and family to motivate them for a holistic trip.
5. Master New Culinary Skills
Don’t tell me you wouldn’t try the local gourmet in a foreign country and would eat only the usual meals that you always have at home. That would be a wasteful trip! You would be better off staying home, right? Are you afraid of trying sushis or unsure about Confit de canard or a Chiles en nogada? Stop kidding, there’s nothing to fear. Splurge on the wonderful variety of food your travel destination is serving.
Try it once and you may end up becoming a connoisseur of globally popular cuisines.
And if you like it, try learning how to cook that. Come back home and show off your new-found talent to your lesser-travelled folks. Become a food blogger and share your culinary skills to your tribe. Let the world enjoy the tasteful journey of a holistic tourist. That’s you.
6. Adventures Explore Your Spiritual Wellness
When you make adventurous expeditions, it will thrill you to experience God’s amazing works in distant lands. With that spiritual vision, you will see your own surroundings in a different light.
The Grand Canyon, USA; Blue Ridge Mountains, USA; Oia, Santorini, Greece; Plitvice Lakes, Croatia; Amalfi Coast, Italy; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Garden of the Gods, Colorado, USA; Moraine Lake, Canada; and many other astounding places in the world are simply a treat for your eyes, waiting to be explored.
How many of it are you yet to visit? Make a bucket list and start your adventure journey today.
If you live in a city, camping in the nearest forest over the weekend can be a wonderful experience and make you value nature differently. Just imagine the experience you can capture in the many beautiful lands, beaches, and mountains that remain unexplored.
Where are you? Plan your expedition at the earliest and don’t forget to carry your camera. You need to capture those memorable moments digitally.
7. Travel Before You Are Too Old
What is the point of travelling when you are too old and weak to move around to explore the places or too sick to taste a new dish? Travel needs physical fitness to enjoy the trip to the fullest. Dragging your luggage across airport terminals, walking up and down subways and station stairs, climbing rocky mountains or ferrying on a boat can be really exhausting for the older travellers.
Your emotional wellness should upkeep the desire to travel and mentally prepare to withstand physical exertion. Ideally, you will be in a better position to travel when you are young (with exceptions to some amazing seniors). So travel the most before geriatric problems creep into your body leaving you immobile, without appetite, and poor vision.
Few adventurous journeys during your youth filled with interesting anecdotes from several countries will cherish your twilight years with memorable thoughts. Utilize your physical wellness when it is at its best and travel as much as you can. Research well to find out places that suits your health and challenge yourself to be more adventurous.
That’s a life well-lived.
8. Home Coming is a Pleasant Thought
When you are far away in a distant land enjoying its beauty, food, and the people around, it is natural to miss your home more. The nostalgia of your sweet home with that lovely garden, elegant furnishing, and the comforting bed is so soothing that you long to reach back sooner. This feeling of an attachment may not be so intense if the travelling activity is not part of your holistic lifestyle.
Travel often and pick souvenirs from the destination trip to fill your home with beautiful memories of your journeys. Write in your diary all the important happenings of your travels to enjoy reading it later lying on a reclining chair when you are back home; with a glass of red wine on the side table. Ah, that’s refreshing, isn’t it?!
What a blissful relaxation after a spiritually insightful expedition. Ain’t you already planning for your holistic trip? Some of these statistics may give an indication of the growing trend of wellness tourism.
Wellness tourism is a $639 billion market in 2017, projected to reach $919 billion by 2022.
Wellness tourism grew by 6.5 percent annually from 2015 to 2017, more than twice as fast as tourism overall (3.2 percent annually, based on Euromonitor data). International wellness tourists on average spent $1,528 per trip, 53 percent more than the typical international tourist. Domestic wellness tourists spent $609 per trip, 178 percent more than the average domestic tourist. (Source: Global Wellness Tourism Economy)
Travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures, food, and people is the best investment that you can cherish for a lifetime. Your success and achievements in your workplace or institution may not really be a holistic fulfilment of your life. The 8 dimensions of wellness should sync all factors for optimum results.
Exploring positive experiences with holistic travels and adapting to better wellness techniques can bring greater happiness.