Happy New Year! Perhaps you sang Auld Lang Syne and said farewell to 2019. For some of you, a new year means new beginnings. January is notoriously known for wellness. If you Google January wellness, a list of websites flood the page. Gym membership sky rockets and everyone is looking to make healthier choices in the new year. Whether you want to eat better, exercise more, provide skills for free or give to charity, the goal is to begin the new year better.

January is also a time to plan a vacation. Now that the holidays are behind you, you have time to focus on the upcoming year. During the winter, you think of beaches, sun, sand and a yummy cocktails. For many of you, this is wellness. In all honesty, wellness travel is much more than a Caribbean vacation. Wellness travel has evolved to help individuals jump-start or maintain their healthy lifestyle.

Well, let’s start with the Caribbean. For instance, BodyHoliday in St. Lucia embodies wellness travel. This all-inclusive resort is dedicated to well-being. At BodyHoliday, you will be able to restore your mind, body and soul with their full line-up of daily activities. At this resort, they have themed months like Spring Sail and Jive June. At BodyHoliday there are also months designed for families and solo travelers.

Perhaps a trip to Europe is more your thing. After a long overnight flight, some R&R is needed. Tourist sites and guided visits pack a European vacation. A Europe trip is often information overload. To turn a vacation into lifetime experience, add in spa hotels and resorts to take the edge off and recharge the batteries. There are many European resorts and hotels that fit the bill. To name a few visited properties and Via Mondo preferred partners take a look at LeFay Resorts in Italy, Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Switzerland and the Hotel Cafe Royal in London.

If Europe or overseas travel isn’t your thing, don’t fret. There is something for everyone. North America has many wellness resorts and hotels to zen you into balance like Canyon Ranch, our next door neighbor in Massachusetts as well as Cliff House in Maine. My favorite is Golden Door located outside of San Diego, California. Their mission is to transform lives and transform the world. They commitment “100% of our net profits from Golden Door are pledged to organizations that transform childrens’ lives.” Now, that is wellness travel!

Wellness hotels and resorts are also found in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific. If wellness travel sounds like the perfect vacation and you would like to learn more about it, please visit: https://www.viamondo.net/wellness-destinations/ All mentioned resorts and hotels receive special savings and added perks. If you can’t find a particular destination or resort on the website, contact Via Mondo to create a tailor-designed wellness trip to mirror your new year’s resolution. As always, travel well and travel often.