According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Vacation is:
vacation: noun, often attributiveva·ca·tion | \ vā-ˈkā-shən
1. a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation // had a restful vacation at the beach a. a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended b. a period of exemption from work granted to an employee 2. a respite or a time of respite from something 3. an act or an instance of vacating
Vacations are – by definition as you can see above and likely already know if you are subscribed to my blog or emails – for escape from every day life, relaxation, give much-needed rest the mind & body, and then come back home feeling invigorated.
Since Covid-19 came into our lives, focusing on using travel as a means of mental and physical recovery and well being is now a prized possession many of us are missing or have missed, depending on how quickly you’re jumping back into travel.
This past summer, many tour operators noticed a huge surge of demand for trips focused on wellness, with more bookings than ever for some, & numbers trending towards a boom in wellness vacations to the tune of $919 billion worldwide by the end of 2022.
It’s become clear this trend of wellness-focused travel is an opportunity to heal as well as splurge on wellness and is here to stay going into the years to come.
A majority of world travelers – 68% in fact – said they are likely to plan on improving their mental well-being on their next trip, according to a new American Express global survey conducted in late 2021 where they examined the physical & mental health activities that people are prioritizing as a result of this awful pandemic.
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Vacation can also be a verb:
vacation: verbvacationed; vacationing
intransitive verb: 1. to take or spend a vacation
Travel ranks very high on the list of activities, 76% in fact – who are willing to spend more on wellness trips compared to traditional vacation experiences. Over 50% are ready to pay extra for wellness excursions and tours on future trips, and the majority agree that travel aids in improving mental health.
Consumers from the United States, the UK, Australia, Japan, Mexico, India & Canada prioritize well-being activities differently. Outdoor exploration emerged as a preference in many parts of the world, such as walking, biking, and yoga.
In fact, 41% of surveyed travelers said they were primarily interested in booking resorts that offer wellness activities, while just over 50% said they were willing to pay more for hotels with an in-room dedicated exercise option.
We all know how rejuvenating travel can be for the mind & soul, and after all this time it’s not a surprise that travelers are looking to relax and unwind to help their mental health and overall well being.
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