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The top trends for summer|fall|winter travel in the wellness sector point to a strong season, with a broadening customer base and more options—and therefore, more need for a professional guidance from a #ProfessionalTravelConsultant like #JessKalinowsky.

This year is all about shorter stays, more men, more physically challenging activities and a younger customer base, say a handful of top travel professionals specializing in wellness who spoke with us over the past few days.

#FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa is seeing a trend toward shorter and more focused trips, with a specific goal such as learning to surf or meditate. The current state of information overload from surfing the internet for travel options leaves clients “overwhelmed with the volume of information and choices”—and sees his role as “helping them focus on their major motivation.”

Whether they are looking for spas or the increasing number of hotels that offer wellness options, there is something out there for everyone. But it’s important to make the right match, because “a misstep could have exactly the opposite effect of their intention.”

After more than 25 years in the travel industry in Los Angeles, the biggest changes have taken place in spas, and Medical Tourism opportunities.  Most recently, “many spas that previously required week-long stays or specific dates have loosened their requirements to accommodate today’s hectic schedules.”

The biggest changes have come on the spa side of wellness travel. An agent for 25 plus years, #JessKalinowsky says spas “have evolved from just a pampering experience to a total mind, body and spiritual encounter.”

Many traditional spas have expanded to include physicians, psychologists and even spiritual leaders from the community, she noted, or places to work on specific wellness goals such as weight loss or smoking cessation.

This year #JessKalinowsky is seeing a trend among customers of “seeking challenging physical experiences, including outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking and biking.” Keeping in step, many spas also have become a place to challenge the body through various types of fitness activities.

#JessKalinowsky notes there is no one-size-fits-all wellness spa “because everyone is looking for something unique to themselves.” And, that, #JessKalinowsky said, is when agent specialists can truly assist by assessing client needs and interests and recommending that perfect fit.

#JessKalinowsky #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa, has been working the wellness travel sector for the past 20 years. The majority of #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa clients “are now actively looking at resorts and hotels that offer fitness programs and/or spas,” she said—including rising numbers  of “men looking to work wellness into their travels.

#JessKalinowsky #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa began focusing business around health and wellness travel about 20 years ago. Since then, finding options for travelers looking for healthier lifestyles has become much easier.

“All the hype in the news about living a healthier lifestyle has jump- started the industry into focusing on wellness as part of the travel experience,” #JessKalinowsky says. “In the past, when consumers traveled, they typically went off their diets and stopped exercising. The biggest difference between then and now is that you don’t need to change your healthy lifestyle habits.”

Whether on a specifically “wellness-oriented” trip or just a family vacation, travelers increasingly are adding active components to their bookings. “They look for activities they can do as a family, such as paddle boarding, hiking, and cycling. Plus, they want organic gourmet meals, along with soothing spa and massage services.”  Individuals are traveling alone a lot more often or with a travel companion with like interest.

And what starts with one generation is increasingly passing down to the next. #JessKalinowsky is happy to see young travelers in their 20s and 30s also including wellness options in their vacation travels, even when they travel without parents. “In years past, they were all about the party. Now they are more focused on healthier travel options. I used to be selling the best night spots. Now, they want the best activities and organic restaurant options.”

Of course our preferred travel suppliers are obliging with more and better products. Health and wellness options are now offered at resorts, on cruise ships, and by destinations, “giving agents the tools they need to promote #WellnessTravel,”.

#JessKalinowsky #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa is seeing a growing interest in all-inclusive packages that include spa treatments. As far as treatments, #JessKalinowsky said, mineral bathing is hot.

While over the years clients have become “more knowledgeable about spas and what is being offered by #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa,” they also have come to appreciate the added-value #JessKalinowsky brings to their relationship. “They know that as their wellness advisor I can get added amenities, upgrades and benefits.”

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Wellness Tourism Worldwide released “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy” in early September.

The report identifies multiple partners that could be included in wellness travel, including:

  • Medical professionals and wellness practitioners who understand the value of vacations in promoting mental health, physical activity, and social engagement.
  • Parks and recreation professionals and outdoor outfitters who value nature’s solution to a sedentary and urbanized lifestyle.
  • Museums, cultural attractions, and organizations that understand art’s important role to engagement, innovation, creativity and emotional, intellectual, physical, and social well-being.
  • Farms, ranches, and food-related organizations and companies who seek to preserve local food culture and improve health and sustainability.
  • Travel businesses, organizations, associations, and professionals that understand vacations are a need—not a luxury—and that travel is a top contributor to the economy.
  • Meeting planners and human resource professionals who recognize the growing emphasis on a sustainable work force and the need to maintain the health of meeting and conference participants.
  • Organizations that promote family values and understand the need for quality time, personal enrichment, and memory making through travel.
  • Progressive business executives, managers, and entrepreneurs who value vacations’ positive impact on productivity and work/life balance.
  • Labor unions and other organizations representing workers and advocate for employee rights, benefits, and compensation.
  • Insurance companies seeking to reduce claims through wellness promotion and by encouraging physical, social, and emotional well-being through an active and engaged way of life.
  • Teachers, schools, universities, colleges, and institutions that promote life-long learning, social studies, creative arts, language skills, and educational enrichment.
  • Social justice organizations that support fair trade and responsible community development.
  • Environmental organizations that understand that people’s health is tied to the environment in which they live and recreate.
  • All people who care about work/life balance, quality of life and well-being.

Defining wellness has been a challenge to advocates, academics, and businesses, but even more formidable has been facilitating higher levels of individual, social, and national well-being.

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MEDICAL TOURISM
Medical Tourism is a fast growing section of our industry as Health care costs surge in the USA. There are world class medical diagnostics performed in other countries at a cost to individuals much less than here at home. Often, when one seeks treatment for wellness or aesthetic changes, there is a period of time involved; an extended recovery period, where combining a medical procedure with a relaxing vacation in a healthy setting is necessary to the healing process.
JESS Kalinowsky can help you plan this, and even offer you suggestions of where you might turn for certain procedures.
Our travel experts have information on destinations for medical tourism in locations across the globe. And not to worry… as always, Patient-Doctor confidentiality remains intact, your medical procedures or treatments will always be only between you and your clinic and service providers, as we only facilitate getting you “to” the treatments, not through them.
The integrity of your privacy is never violated.THAILAND

From world-class hospitals to privately operated medical clinics, Thailand has an extensive range of medical facilities offering a broad range of medical treatments. In order to help organize the logistics of selecting a medical provider, arranging suitable accommodation at a nearby hotel and scheduling transportation to and from Thailand for treatment and recovery, we are uniquely established to assist you. For whatever your needs might be in this regard, let us help you research and select a treatment package and plan a medical holiday with greater convenience and confidence than planning such a trip on your own.

COSTA RICA

Cosmetic dental procedures, often considered a luxury, are within your reach in Costa Rica. For 50-70% less than their cost in the United States, English-speaking dentists will treat you with state-of-the-art technology and the world’s most cutting-edge procedures. Discover how you can take advantage of the country’s highly trained dental professionals at bargain rates.
In addition to being one of Latin America’s top vacation spots, Costa Rica has established itself as a popular dental tourism destination. A four to seven hour plane ride from many North American cities, the journey is both short and affordable – round-trip airfare can be purchased for $500 or less.

In the USA, even with dental insurance, you may have to pay up to 40% the cost of essential mouth surgeries and elective dental procedures. As these fees rise, Costa Rica’s affordable dental services and excellent tourism industry have combined to create an unbeatable medical-vacation duo. For less than the cost of the same procedures at home, you’ll enjoy expert care, a luxury recovery (if needed), and an exotic vacation.
The country’s dental clinics promise the same quality as those back home, and also emphasize personalized patient care. Many dental professionals have received their educations and trained abroad, so they speak excellent English and understand the needs and concerns of international patients.

Adding to your comfort, recovery facilities in Costa Rica are extremely affordable, often averaging $60-$150 per night for posh lodging, nursing assistance, all meals, airport transfers and transportation to your dental appointments.

Sample Cost Comparisons

Procedure United States Costa Rica
Crowns $800-$1,200 each $320-$550 each
Dentures $500-$2,500 per arch $150-$850 per arch
Full Mouth Restoration $25,0000 $12,0000
Porcelain Veneers $700-$2,000 per tooth $300 per tooth
Tooth Whitening $500-$1,000 $150-$300
Root Canal $500-$1,500 per tooth $250-$450 per tooth

#WellnessVacations Malaysia JESS Kalinowsky

Medical and wellness travel to Asia is one of the region’s most rapidly growing segments. Malaysia in particular is stepping up efforts to develop, promote and position its healthcare travel industry.

The country has always been a “paradise of wellness,” but has only recently started promoting itself for as a medical tourism destination.

Interest in Malaysia as a medical and wellness destination is growing. What’s behind that trend?

Interest in Malaysia is not new. We are a natural paradise of blue skies, tropical jungles, mountains and no pollution. We have golf resorts, hot springs and lots of appeal. It has always been a paradise for wellness, but we never talked about it. On top of that, now we have developed as a medical tourism destination.

What services can health travelers expect to find in Malaysia?

We have 72 hospitals registered with our agency to provide services and treatment to health travelers. They are private institutions located all over the country. They offer Chinese and Malay treatments. This is what we call complementary medicine. Examples include Ayurvedic therapy and other practices that are hundreds of years old.

Is this complementary medicine offered in all hospitals?

It’s available in many. A good example is the Golden Horses Sanctuary. It offers traditional Western medical health screenings as well as a complementary medicine component. We also have two Chinese hospitals that are very unique. They offer Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine within the same hospital.

Are U.S. visitors going to Malaysia primarily for these complementary medical services?

We have about 12,000 Americans coming every year. Half of them are coming for aesthetic treatments.

What do you mean by aesthetic treatments?

We have hospitals with comprehensive wellness components. They offer treatments such as weight management and nutritional services. They perform health screenings to help you look better. Everything is done by professionals within a hospital setting. One example is the BW Medical Centre. It focuses on three core specialties: aesthetics, cosmetic surgery and healthy aging.

What about traditional medical procedures; are they available to foreigners?

Of course, we offer all the most popular services. We have cosmetic surgery, facelifts and liposuction. Our hospitals provide cancer treatment, cardiac surgery and orthopedic procedures such as hip or knee replacements. We offer fertility treatments, dental surgeries, eye surgery and much more.

What would be the primary incentive to travel from North America to Malaysia for a medical procedure?

The most important component is cost savings. For example, heart bypass surgery in the U.S can cost $130,000 or more. Here, the same surgery would be $10,000-$15,000. It’s a huge savings. Even when compared to other Asian countries such as Singapore, the costs are less.

Additionally, travel here is very reasonable. Our five-star hotels are priced the lowest in the region. A lot of foreigners bring the family for a holiday while they have a procedure done.

What assurances are offered for the safety and quality of medical procedures?

You will find that we have international accreditations and recognition. Malaysia has very comprehensive laws regulating health care. Our doctors and nurses must be registered. They are usually trained in the U.K., the U.S. and Australia. They all speak English, which is another advantage.

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