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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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