The Healthiest Places to Travel to in 2020
The stress of the holidays are finally over, and now it's time to treat your self. From the fresh, chill air of Switzerland to the easygoing culture of Australia, discover the healthiest travel destinations to explore and improve your spiritual, physical, and mental well-being in 2020.
ArizonaSedona, Arizona, is known for its luxury hotels and wellness centres but did you know, Sedona has spiritual vortexes that are found at the intersections of natural electromagnetic earth energy, also known as ley lines. These vortexes intensify everything that comes into contact with it, making Sedona a massive amplifier conducive to meditation and self-exploration.
The four best-known vortexes are located at Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Boynton Canyon. You are sure to feel inspired, recharged, and uplifted after visiting one of these vortexes.
Healthy Perk:Sedona’s red-rock backdrops are home to Naïve American-inspired spa and wellness resort, Mii amo, that honours tribes that have lived in their rejuvenating environment for generations. Find healing, spirituality, and beauty all in one place.
SwitzerlandSwitzerland continually ranks high on the health and happiness charts, and yes, that includes their high altitudes. The mix of cultures, natural beauty, and ease of living combine to create a healthy atmosphere all round.
See past the chocolate, yodelling, and fondue, for the pinnacle of self-care in Switzerland. Fast-food restaurants are not on every corner, and stores are closed on Sundays, putting impulse cravings, and last-minute sugar itches to bed, literally. Switzerland thrives on one’s well-being, rather than their economic standing.
Healthy Perk:Switzerland has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, so they must be doing something right.
IcelandWhile it is cold, Iceland boasts the purest water in the world, and hot springs that nourish your mind and body are sprinkled everywhere. The healing hot springs are full of minerals that help restore aches and pains. Waters, like the Blue Lagoon, have lower levels of pollution; therefore, the air is healthier than many parts of the world.
Iceland also follows strong environmental regulations that lead to producing healthier food options; for example, they use greenhouses without the use of a ton of pesticides.
Healthy Perk:Fresh fish is a large part of Icelander’s diet. They also have a long history of grass-fed cows, which leads to their milk, butter, yogurt, and cheese chock full of nutrients.
MexicoYou may have noticed a ton of Instagram posts with the geotag of Tulum last year and for good reason. Now, it’s time for you to explore the vibrant country of Mexico and everything its enriching culture has to offer.
Bask in the gorgeous warm weather, enjoy the flavourful delicacies, and trek through the sweltering jungles. Then cool off in unbelievably blue waters that encase nearly 7,000 cenotes in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. These — some time secret — underground caverns are formed when limestone erodes over hundreds of years, leaving behind a sinkhole in the earth that fills with crystal clear, turquoise-coloured waters. Bonus: Once revered as sacred by ancient Mayans, cenotes found in central Tulum, Quintana Roo, and Cozumel — to name a few — content therapeutic and relaxing properties.
Healthy Perk:Add to that a thirst for adventure, shining dispositions, and a heavy emphasis on familia, Mexicans have all the makings for unwinding and staying healthy for good.
ItalyFrom mouth-watering cuisine — smooth, creamy gelato, hearty ribollita, and fresh vegetable plates of pasta — to serene coves of Mediterranean islands with relaxing ambiance, historical attractions, and cultural gems guaranteed to capture your heart.
When you are not feeding your soul with food, fill your days taking in Ancient Greek temples, Roman ruins, Norman structures, and their familial base.
Healthy Perk:During a typical, pregnant work week, time is made for long lunches and frequent breaks of espresso and socializing. As a result, productivity benefits from these breaks, and so does your overall health
JapanJapan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. The food, the culture, the dress, and the traditions all are among some of the fascinating aspects of one of the top five healthiest nations, according to Bloomberg.
Their fast public transportation, preference of walking to get everywhere, small portion sizes, and love for green tea, the typical stresses felt for city slickers here, are less cumbersome in Japan.
Healthy Perk:Traditional forms of exercise such as martial arts — along with meditation and mindfulness practise — allows for Japan to emerge as a health-conscious country.
SpainSpain’s beautiful living, close-knit families, and bustling towns all contribute to a healthy life, a prime indicator of overall happiness. Like Japan, walking is considered a Spanish cultural pastime.
Thanks to its Mediterranean diet, which lowers the risk of heart disease, and publicly-funded primary healthcare with swift access to specialist doctors, Spaniards’ do not indulge in large meals, as tapas bring a sense of community and togetherness. These small bites can be consumed while on a stroll allowing for a company of family and friends to share a good story along the way.
Healthy Perk:Siesta is one of the most well-known aspects of a refreshing Spanish lifestyle. In theory, it’s that dead period during the late afternoon where everything shuts down for everyone to take a nap. And we all need more of those.
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SwedenSweden’s philosophy of “lagom” — roughly translating to “not too much and not too little” — encourages moderation and a healthy work-life balance.
Meals are consumed in smaller amounts as they do not prioritize profit over health or freshness, but actually, focus on one’s well being. Their no-nonsense approach to exercise and mandatory breaks for coffee and cake is the cherry atop to visiting the Drottningholm Palace of the King and Queen of Sweden, a wide assortment of museums (such as the James Bond Museum, Vasa Museum, Swedish Air Force Museum, and Skasen), and Astrid Lindgren’s World, a wonderful mashup experience of the famous Pippi Longstocking writer’s stories and fun, Sweden is a Nordic dream.
Healthy Perk:Almost all Scandinavian cities are designed for carefree biking, so seeing the sights can be fun, inexpensive, and keep you in shape.
New ZealandWelcome to New Zealand, where you can ski, snowboard, mountain bike, and swim in the ocean all in a single day. There is almost too much to do in New Zealand, and between Fiordland National Park, Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, Queenstown, Cathedral Cove, and Mount Ruapehu — you just might never leave. An entire third of the country is national parks. Did we also mention New Zealand has the cleanest air on the planet? How about that the population is 95% animals and 5% human (including more species of Penguin than anywhere else) And best of all, there are no snakes!
Healthy Perk:Kiwi style is our winter is their summer, so it is totally acceptable to retire their part-time.
ThailandAfter your plane lands at the world-renowned city of Bangkok, you’ll soon find that Thailand is home to a plethora of spiritual yoga retreats, sleep and wellness programs, holistic therapies, and detox treatments all catered to improve your overall health. Thailand is also stunningly beautiful, known for its luscious culture, history, spectacular temples and beaches that await you upon your journey.
The people of Thailand are established as friendly, generous, and vastly open-minded people, who have a way of welcoming their visitors and keeping their spirits feeling uplifted and invigorated upon arrival and long after their departure. Ancient therapies, namely herbal steam caverns, traditional Thai massages, acupuncture, and an abundance of fresh fruit, makes Thailand the perfect getaway to rid your body of toxins and stress that compares like no other.
Healthy Perk:Buddhism is the main religion of Thailand, which acknowledges the true nature of reality. One leading Buddhist practice is mediation, so, however, you seek to improve yourself, Thailand is the perfect place to do so.