Travel is often associated with friends, family, and business partners, and not so much with self-care, individual needs, and aspirations, or healing. Why is that? Why do we have this urge to make travel a family or friends thing; why can’t it be just you, your peace, and your thoughts? Are we scared of solitude? Are we scared to be left alone with our own thoughts?
The truth is that people are social beings, but they are also beings that need and demand their “me” time in order to reboot, recuperate, and come back healthier and happier than before. And going on a solo wellness getaway is just the way to do it. Here are the five surprising benefits of traveling to a wellness retreat by yourself.
Rejuvenating the mind, body, and soul
No matter how much you love your family and friends, the daily grind of the modern lifestyle tends to creep up on you and make even the things dearest to your heart a bit of a chore. That’s the reality, so don’t be ashamed of it. At some point, you simply find yourself going through the motions, unable to connect with the people around you, just wanting to escape.
This is your chance. So take a solo trip to Kamalaya in Koh Samui for instance, where honey-hued beaches await along with some of the best wellness retreats in the world specializing in making you a happier earthling. Enjoy rejuvenating yoga sessions overlooking the expansive ocean from a hillside gazebo and you will return changed.
Recognize the things you’re grateful for
Somewhere along the path of life, we tend to lose our bearings and delve into the negative, forgetting about the positive and allowing ourselves to be blinded by the things other people have. Don’t worry, this is a common thing in a world where privacy is but a notion, but it is imperative that you reconnect with your positive energy and recognize the things you’re truly grateful for.
In achieving this, a life-changing trip to Vana Malsi Estate in India might do the trick. After all, where better to learn gratitude and happiness than in the birthplace of mindful meditation and yoga?
Pamper yourself the way you deserve to be pampered
Sometimes all you need is to unwind, forget about all the troubles of the outside world, and get pampered by the best healing experts in the world. If that is the case, then Byron Bay in NSW, Australia is the destination for you.
Here, you can do everything your mind, body, and soul need, from staying at the best Byron Bay accommodation surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, to experiencing the healing and rejuvenating powers of a mindful walk in the rainforest, or experiencing the ancient art of Forest Bathing. The possibilities are numerous, and taking this trip alone will allow you to truly reconnect with your inner self.
Challenge yourself with the unexpected
A change of scenery can influence your psychological and emotional health on a profound level, and sometimes the only thing you truly need is to be woken up from the daily haze by a different setting. Something that truly amazes you, a place vastly different from your typical surroundings. Something like a yoga retreat in Ibiza, Spain, where the culture is as unique and vibrant as it gets. Try it, you won’t regret it.
Learn how to slow down and unwind
The modern world is a fast-paced, hectic place, and while you may be able to keep up with this unsustainable lifestyle for a while, at some point, a part of you is going to start slipping through the cracks. Usually, this will be your health. This is why taking a solo trip to a wellness retreat is a great way to leave your troubles behind, regain your natural rhythm, and learn how to truly slow down. Before long, you will be able to enjoy and experience every moment of your life with mindfulness and true gratitude.
There is nothing wrong with going to the movies alone, and there’s nothing wrong with taking a trip by yourself. In search of internal happiness and bliss, taking the time to reconnect with your mind, body, and soul will be your ticket to a healthier, happier life imbued with positivity and love.
This is a guest blog by the lovely Olivia Jones of highstylife.com