How to Make Your Wellness Vacation Actually Relaxing: Women Who Travel Podcast

Rebecca Platt: Thanks for having us, Lale. MC: So I’d love to kick it off by asking how each of you have integrated wellness into your personal travels? How has that factored into the trips you’ve been taking long before we were in a pandemic? RP: Obviously, the last two […]

Rebecca Platt: Thanks for having us, Lale.

MC: So I’d love to kick it off by asking how each of you have integrated wellness into your personal travels? How has that factored into the trips you’ve been taking long before we were in a pandemic?

RP: Obviously, the last two years, personal travel has been, shall we say, rather limited? Very restricted. So for me, my personal travels have only just really started to resume towards the end of last year. And one of the things for me that I have really embraced with my new travel style is to have more “me time.” Because generally when I travel myself, 90 percent of the time it’s for work. It’s for a work trip which I’ve then extended a personal trip on top of. So for me, the biggest integration of wellness that I’ve started to do is making sure that—instead of going there just for the work purposes—that I’m traveling to have some time, taking some extra days, which I’d never normally do. Life’s too hectic, I’m getting back to the office and getting back to day-to-day life. So those extra days that I’ve been taking to unwind, relax. I’ve even started doing things like meditation and spa treatments when I travel because I talk about it every day when I’m working, but actually doing it is a whole different ballgame. So for me, it’s really finding that “me time.”

MC: And Becca, how about you?

Becca Misner: In a similar vein, most of my travel is for work. And even when I’m on a wellness trip, or checking out a wellness property, it’s really hard to not be like: “Spa, check. Meditation, check.” And you’re sort of half in. You’re half-working, half-experiencing. And I think coming out of COVID, I’ve started traveling a bit over the last year and I’ve really stopped doing that. I’ve stopped trying to multitask while I’m relaxing. So I think it’s things like trying to clear my calendar before I go someplace to relax so I’m not answering emails while I’m supposed to be taking a moment. What I’ve started doing pre-COVID, and what I’ve done throughout COVID, and will continue to do, is incorporating nature wherever I go. Just, even if it’s leaving a resort and going on a walk, or getting up a little bit early and just sitting outside. For me, that’s been like the biggest head clearer of the past few years.

MC: I think, Becca, you kind of alluded to this about your relationship with the way you approach wellness travel changing as a result of the pandemic… What are the ways that both of you have seen your relationship to wellness and wellness travel change as a result of what we’ve been going through the past two years?

RP: For me, the best summary that I can make about my relationship with wellness is that I’ve started to practice what I preach. I, as I said, talk about it all the time. I mean, I live and breathe wellness, but do I actually do wellness? So really, for me, my relationship has changed because I’ve started to get a relationship personally, not just try and bring other people to wellness. In my day-to-day, obviously, that’s my job. I’m bringing people to a wellness resort to get the benefits of what wellness can do, but actually, I’m so busy doing that, that actually, when was the last time I sat down and I did a meditation class, or I did do yoga, or like Becca alluded to earlier, got out for a walk and just re-embrace with nature? So for me, that time of lockdown where I was at home gave me the opportunity to sit back and really evaluate my lifestyle, which I had never done before. So lockdown, for me, was a blessing in disguise in many respects because it made me really look at: I’m in a beautiful destination. I live in St. Lucia. People come to St. Lucia for their wellness vacations, and I live here. So what do I do to embrace it? And I wasn’t. So for me, it’s building that relationship. So I took the time to really embrace the natural environment of St. Lucia, but also eat healthier because I was at home. I had time to prepare good food as opposed to grabbing something really quickly because I’ve left the office late, and really sort of balance everything that I was doing. So for me, it was really the way that I was changing that relationship to actually be a relationship, for me. And I’ve carried that on. So lockdown is over and it’s now become so ingrained in my day-to-day life, that I do go out for a walk. I got five dogs over COVID, so that’s given me more of an excuse to go out and embrace nature, and really sort of connect with going outside, and taking that time out.

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