In another life, I would’ve been a professional travel photographer. But after two weeks on the road, I’m more than ready to get back home so I can return to my daily workout routine and healthy diet. Given my spontaneity, I must be such a fun person to be around. Occasionally, I allow myself to take a guilt-free vacation…

According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness travel is one of the fastest growing markets in tourism, leading hotels to place more of an emphasis on their fitness amenities. Some hotels are partnering with hospital systems to make wellness more accessible to travelers. Yoga festivals like Wanderlust and gyms like Equinox are also expanding into the travel industry, creating wellness-focused travel experiences.

While I have to admit that I love my dose of luxury travel, I’m also one to scour the internet looking for other culturally immersive, less expensive ways to stay fit and experience a new place.

We are fans of DIY excursions and locally sourced cuisine. There is so much to learn from other cultures. I’ve started Googling health and wellness practices from the different countries that we visit and learning about their medical remedies–which may or may not have withstood the tests of multiple randomized clinical trials. Regardless, there is always an abundance of cultural beliefs and practices surrounding health and wellness that I find worth taking home.

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