By Rebecca Brown
Wellness travel is fast becoming a sought-after type of travel for many people. With the high level of stress, anxiety, and the rapid changes our generation has to deal with in the present, wellness and wellbeing are two of the most important parts of life. To have a balanced life, all of us must add a bit of self-care to whatever we do. And it doesn’t matter if we are talking about our weekdays, weekends, or holidays.
There are many travelers who are part of the big community of people who seek more nourishment for their bodies and soul. If you’re part of this community, continue reading about European places you can visit to recharge your batteries.
Located very close to Cinque Terre and the Portofino peninsula, Camogli is an oasis of peace. Seek is out if you are interested in relaxing and forgetting all about daily stress and worries.
Its charm, low-key vibe, mesmerizing views, and the wide choice of local restaurants and cafes along the seafront, makes it the perfect place for a romantic escape or a family vacation. And if you are into active holidays, you can always try hiking through the surrounding countryside that will amaze your eyes and fill your heart with their breathtaking landscapes.
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Known for being the journey’s end for exhausted hikers who ventured into walking the well-known Camino de Santiago, the city of Santiago de Compostela is the perfect destination for all art, culture, and history lovers.
Whether you want to nurture your soul and walk the whole, or only part of the Camino, you should include it on your wellness travel itinerary. Santiago de Compostela will welcome you with a friendliness you can’t find anywhere else. In addition to its incontestable magnetism, impressive artistic and historical wealth, and remarkable cuisine, this Galician city also offers a relaxed and joyful vibe thanks to the multitude of serene pilgrims that walk its beautifully arranged streets.
Angus Glens, Scotland
If green is your favourite colour, you are probably a real nature lover, and you know Scotland should be on your must-see list. And if you plan to indulge in the beauty of this country, you can begin with exploring the five enchanting valleys known for hiding some of the most impressive landscapes north-east Scotland has, the Angus Glens. If you’re visiting the UK, you’ll benefit by including them on your wellness travel itinerary.
Though Glen Clova is the most popular, followed by Glen Shee, especially in winter, thanks to its ski slopes, each of the five glens has something special to offer, and they are all worth at least one visit. Prepare yourself for views you’ll never forget, amazing activities, and special walking trails that will completely relax you.
The Krka Valley, Slovenia
There are not many people who think about Slovenia when they plan a vacation, especially when their holiday theme is wellness related. But Slovenia is worth being on this list and in your mind when you have the chance to escape the daily routine.
With remarkable landscapes and interesting attractions, you can’t miss, Slovenia can give you those pampering moments you need and deserve. And if you want to wake up in the morning seeing rolling hills, fields of green and old towns, the South-East of the country is your perfect destination. There, you have the beautiful Krka Valley, where you can find the peace and quiet you dream about.
Located along River Krka, with delightful Novo Mesto, as its main town, and Ljubljana close enough to reach in about an hour, this area is filled with natural beauty, remnants of history, and lovely castles. It is indeed a great place for all kinds of visitors who have unwinding as their main reason for travelling.
Located in the beautiful Alsace region of France, Colmar is the best place for wine lovers who need a relaxing holiday.
The town is situated along the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, and it is one of the many picturesque towns of the area. Its main attraction is the Old Town Centre, but Colmar is surrounded by hillside vineyards, giving you not only the chance to explore its beautiful cobblestone streets and admire the canal views, as well as the 14th-century colourful houses but also the opportunity to wander around the breathtaking vineyards and praise the imposing mountains of the region.
Madeira Island, Portugal
For those who want to run away to a completely remote area, Portugal’s beautiful Madeira is a fantastic option. The island promises an unforgettable vacation filled with volcanic landscapes, water activities, friendly people, tasty wines and mouth-watering local food.
Whether you dream about enjoying exciting outdoor activities, sun-bathing on beautiful beaches while sipping delicious cocktails, or getting in touch with splendid culture, Madeira is your destination. And if you want to forget about the agitated life in a big city, make sure you rent a place with a spectacular ocean view, that will amaze you every morning of your vacation.
As you can see, everything on this wellness travel list has some things in common: easy-going lifestyle, good food, green areas, and pleasant outdoor actives. But these are only some of the European places where you can completely relax, forget about your usual worries and daily routine, and recharge your batteries. There are, of course, many other small towns, villages, and even islands where you can enjoy the peaceful vacations you deserve.
However, to make sure you succeed in managing to disconnect from your stressful life and work environment, visiting a special place is not enough. You also need to stay as far away from your phone and laptop as possible, try not to think about work emails or to-do lists, and focus your conversations on positive things, on the place you visit, its easy-going vibe, friendly people, and delicious cuisine.
– Rebecca is a translator by day, and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag – and packing in tiny suitcases. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.