Croatia – Greece Wellness Eco-Tourism and Health Itinerary

Balkan Albania Greece Travel Itinerary Plan Holiday Travel Advice Blog for November 2019

Balkan nature holiday 2019 is a popular bucket list item, and rightly so.
In the previous post, we looked at the senior nature travel starting in Croatia continuing to Montenegro. From Balkan Croatian beaches and Split 19th-century
 SPAs to Croatia islands with legendary sights from Roman times in Brac islands, to the best European beach 2019 in Croatia Pasjaca beach. 

  1. Split, Croatia
  2. Brac Island, Croatia
  3. Pasjača Beach, Croatia
  4. Vranjina, Montenegro
  5. Locven and Skadar Lake National Parks, Montenegro

In this article, we are continuing the travel through Balkans – you can visit Albanian and Greek nature parks, cities with Hellenistic and Roman heritage sites, with Adriatic Sea waters taking care of your health and Corfu and Patras in Northern Peloponnese being just in few hours reach to Athens. However, this guide is all about avoiding tourist crowds and getting the most out of Albania and Greece SPAs and nature parks with less populated yet still tourist-friendly infrastructure. The Balkan nature holiday 2019 road trip is starting from:

  1. Durrës, Albania
  2. Sarandë, Albania
  3. Corfu, Greece
  4. Patras, Greece

Balkan Albania Greece Travel Itinerary Plan Holiday Travel Advice Blog for November 2019

Albania and Greece Wellness and Health Itinerary

Albania is usually well known for its green nature, woods and blue pristine sea. But the health and wellness travel can go much further, as the country has lots to offer when it comes to pampering you, giving massages and world-class SPA experiences for a fraction you would spend elsewhere in Europe. As for Greece, the best way to take care of your mind and body to come back from vacation healthy and productive is to simply get enough vitamin D laying on the Greek island beaches, and diving in the pristine blue Ionian Sea.

Best Massage, Day SPAs and Wellness Centres in Albania for Balkan Nature Holiday 2019

As for the best wellness and day SPA centres in Albania, there are many to choose from. While quite many are located in the capital city of Albania, Tirana, there are several great relaxation possibilities in other cities surrounded by Adriatic Sea. 

If you are about to have a massage or enjoy a beauty routine by professional cosmetologist, we suggest staying a little longer in Albanian Saranda, or Sarandë, and book a day or two at French Beauty & Massage or Kaonia Wellness & Massage

As for other retreat options, there are many if you look beyond the Albanian cities and go for nature reserves and parks instead. Senior-friendly and accessible tourist wellness and spiritual meditation retreats are growing, but still hard to find. However, have a look at what the Italian and English-speaking Beachfront yoga retreat in Durres has to offer. Organic meals and yoga meditation practice daily can seriously up your tranquillity and make you ready to return home. Are you on the budget side? You can also go and volunteer in Albania to enjoy the luxurious nature without spending anything on accommodation.

Best Yoga and Spiritual Retreats in Greece

As for Greece retreats and wellness travel, travelling to the centuries-old health and wellness tourism spot may turn out to cost a little over what you would pay in Albania, but as long as you search well, there are many more offerings to English speaking people. Before booking your tickets for Greece, we therefore suggest checking out Corfu retreats with international yogini ashrams hosted every summer with travellers and yogis coming to achieve spiritual awakening from all over the world.

Balkan and Greek Unique Health and Wellness Travel Experiences 

Although therapeutical bathing and wellness retreats date back to prehistoric times with Babylonians and Egyptians practicing bathing rituals already long ago, the earliest descriptions of Western bathing practice come from Greece. Public baths, showers were meant for relaxation and personal hygiene, but the natural springs and tidal pools had a sacred power of healing, as told in Greek mythology.

Therefore, one of the must-to-do things when visiting Albania and Greece is to enjoy the natural springs and tidal pools, and if possible, also dive into the millennia-old Greek balneum bathhouse practices.

Travel to Durres.

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Durrës, Albania: Balkan Nature Holiday 2019 Hotspot

To continue the last Balkan nature wellness road trip ending in Virpazar, Montenegro, the next destination is Durres in Albania. However, there is a lot to see in between – you should visit Buna River – Velipoja protected landscape and then have some quiet time for meditation into Kunë-Vain-Tale.

Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape in Albania, Velipojë

The Buna River, or Bojana, of the South Western Balkans is an important river containing the most important wetlands in Eastern Medittarean. To get the best views, we recommend hiking on the coastal wetlands. Not only you will see the relaxing waters of the river, but also the estuary of Drin, and the lagoon of Viluni. The gulf of Viluni running across the city of Velipojë alongside the Adriatic Sea is one of the most beautiful ones you will see.

How to get from Skadar (Shkodër) to Buna River Protected Landscape – Balkan Nature Holiday Destination 2019

To get from Skadar to Velipojë in Albania, it will take 40 minutes by car. There is no public transport, as the area is far from the main cities, but renting car in Albania will allow you to experience one of the best views and peaceful road trips in vacation.

Kunë-Vain-Tale Nature Park: Balkan Nature Holiday 2019 Destination

Balkan Albania Greece Travel Itinerary Plan Holiday Travel Advice Blog for November 2019The nature reserve Rezervati Kunë-Vain-Tale is something you do not want to miss on your way to Greece either. From the beautiful Illyrian deciduous forests to Mediterranean woodlands, the nature reserve is  one of the most biologically diverse areas in Albania. With more than 277 species of plants, 23 species of mammals, 196 species of birds, and many more insects and fish, there is always something new to see and learn. Take your yoga mat, hiking boots, a warm sweater and a hammock, and go explore the beautiful nature with lakes, walking paths and hardly any people in sight. After all, upon returning to work, you ust relax your mind. As Spanish proverb claims, How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward. Except for… afterwards you go to the beautiful Durres city in Albania!

Durrës, Albania

Durres in Albania is surely one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities you should visit in Albania. Being the second largest city, and the summertime resort paradise, it also has the largest port in the Adriatic Sea, and connects well with Italy and Greece. No matter your destination, when coming to Durrës, you should visit the ancient remains. Although there are not many left from the Ancient Roman times, the Durrës Amphitheatre built in the 2nd century AD is definitely worth a visit, but you will find all types of architecture in Durres. Starting from Illyrian to Greek, Roman and even Italian architecture, Durres is definitely worth a stay for a day or two. Make sure to go to Royal Villa of Durrës, among other museums.
Durres SPA scene is offering many different possibilities, from Palace Hotel & Spa, Durazzo Resort and other luxurious options, to more laid-back, natural atmosphere of Durres beach and nearby city guest houses where you can relax and take a bath in the Adriatic Sea,

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Vjosë-Nartë – Balkan Nature Holiday 2019 Destination

To go further from Durres and arrive at Vjose Narte, you will ride through the beautiful Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. The nature park has the largest lagoon in Albania, and one of the largest ones in the Mediterranean Sea. The Karavasta Lagoon, in Albanian: Laguna e Karavastasë is the must-see for birdwatchers in Autumn, and definitely a good place to camp and enjoy nature in October.
Once in Vjose Narte, though, you will find the Narta Lagoon, and the famous “Land of Eagles and Castles” at its brightest. Ecotourism is huge in Albania, and Balkans overall, but it is even more important for the Bjose Narte and other coastal regions. Still unspoiled by tourism wave, the region is the best place to go for eco-tourism enthusiasts and slow travel supporters.


Without Vlora or Vlorë , the Albania travel destination guide would not be complete. Lying on the foothills of the Ceraunian Mountains at the Strait of Otranto, the city was founded long ago as an Ancient Greek colony and was the birthplace of Albania in 1912. While you are welcome to visit and see museums, and lie in the beach to catch some sun, the Gijpe Canyon, Zvërnec Island and House if Ismail Bej Vlora will add to your experience of Vlora. The bay of Vlora is also considered the frontier between Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The island of Sazan so close, it may be a good idea to go there for a couple of hours. Vlora weather is one of the best in Albania, and you cannot really go wrong when there are 300 sunny days per year.

Travel to Sarande Albania for Balkan nature holiday 2019.

Sarandë Albania Travel 

To get to Sarande, we first recommend you pass the Mount Cika close to Vlora city. Hiking Llogara National Park to the peaks if Cika Mountain Maja e Çikës, at 2,044  will give you great views to the surrounding area and Albanian Riviera.

Arriving at Sarande, however, you should start with some historical sights. From the medieval 

Lëkurësi Castle to Monastery of 40 Saints, there are many things to do in Sarande apart from taking a stroll around the beach or booking a yacht to see the city from far away in the sea.

Balkan Albania Greece Travel Itinerary Plan Holiday Travel Advice Blog for November 2019

Travel to Corfu Greece.

From Sarandë to Corfu Greece

Getting from Sarandë to Corfu island in Greece is more than affordable when you go from Albania. The service is run every day and takes no more than 30 minutes costing you EUR 24. You can book your ticket via Ionian Seaways before going. 

Corfu in Greece will present much different way of relaxation, and you can expect to be one of the many tourists here, but enjoying slightly different health and wellness retreat in Corfu will make take your wellbeing trip to the next level. Massages, day spas and wellness centres in Corfu Greece are widespread, and you can get one of the best saunas, massages and SPA services in Europe for a good price on the idyllic coastal SPAs. From naturopathy to yoga and massage, the healthcare in Corfu is as diverse as its past.

Travel to Patras, Greece for your Balkan nature holiday 2019.

From Sarandë to Patras Greece

If you struggle with seasickness, but visiting Greece in October 2019 is on your bucket list, then there are both buses available. You can get to Patras from Sarande in 4-hour drive. The fuel cost 45€ – 65€ will surely cover and beat the cost of tickets to Corfu island, especially if you are going on vacation with your family. However, Patras city is quite large, and while you may relax visiting museums and remains, the beachside and nearby area are metropolitan. However, you can go to  Roman Odeon and visit Voundeni Mycenaean Cemetry. By the way, the three skeletons have lain there for at least 3,500 years!


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Exotic Marathons Around the World in 2020

Are you a running addict and you would like to perform a marathon outside your comfort zone? Well, this is the ideal post for you. We are going to discover what marathons 2020 are the most suitable long-distance trails for the craziest and toughest runners who need a bit of adrenaline new goals. Of course, we all know the mythical marathons like New York, Athens or the great and mythical cities. Therefore, we will give you 5 options a little more alternatives for marathons 2020 has to offer.

1. Marathons 2020: The Great Wall Marathon (16th May 2020)

A Marathon that opened in 1999 and now has approximately 2,500 runners. A very tough race, since it crosses the 5,164 steps of the Great Wall of China, one of the most famous scenarios worldwide. Mentalize to endure the humidity and heat of the area, that is one of the most important conditions with which you will face.
If you are not prepared to run 42 kilometres but you still want to have the chance to experience it, do not worry, you can make other distances such as the half marathon or even an 8.5 km fun run.

2. Midnight sun Marathon (20th June 2020)

The next edition of this marathon celebrates its 31st anniversary. The most curious thing about the race: the sun will accompany you all the way. With 24 hours of daylight in the summer, this unique evening marathon can start at 8:30 p.m.
Sure, you have to deal with possible freezing temperatures and a few crossings of the gruelling Bridge of Tromso, but you might also spot some polar bears hiding out in the snowy mountains, too.

3. Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu (3rd – 12th July, 2020)

Rated as the toughest Marathon on the planet, it can not be completed in a single day or two. It is a little-known race since it only has 6 years old. It started in 2012 with 40 entries and is gradually increasing in number.
For this event, it is necessary to be an expert runner as it’s described like “A Marathon in distance but an ultra in effort”.
The highlight of the trip is one of the world’s hardest marathons as well as the most scenic South American marathon with the finish line at Machu Picchu (Peru).

4. Antarctic Ice Marathons 2020(13th December 2019)

If you are into eccentricities this is your one. 42 km crossing the ice and the low temperatures characteristic of the Antarctic. That is why it is impossible to establish an average finish time since the weather conditions and terrain are variable from one year to the next. To give you an idea: The men’s event record of 3: 34.47 was set by Petr Vabrousek (CZE) in 2013, while the women’s event record of 4: 20.02 was set by Fiona Oakes (GBR) in 2013.
It’s a unique event that usually does not have more than 50 brave humans, are you one of them?

5. Great Ocean Road Marathon (16th – 17th May 2020)

This is a foot race on one of the most iconic routes of Australian road trips. But you must bear in mind that it can also be extremely hard: the point-to-point course is winding, hilly and is technically 45 Km in distance to the finish in Apollo Bay (although you’ll get a finish time at the 42 Km mark, too). A unique opportunity to experience another way of traveling by road.

Luckily for you, we have all kinds of accommodation to help you rest and prepare your body and mind for any challenge you have ahead. Take a look at our website and do not forget to pack your sports shoes!

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Age is NOT a travel barrier

Age is no barrier to travel since long ago. Anyone older than 14 can fly alone, and in most hotels, it does not matter how old are you to book a room to stay. On the other side of the spectrum, the elderly travellers are enjoying their holidays much longer and going to places where they were not 50 years ago. Age segregation is now largely left to schools and housing; travelling is not the case.

What is it about age?

Although the image of friend adventure travellers are set into minds of many, along with the packaged family summer holidays, travel is not just about those young or middle-age groups of explorers. While millennials are supposed to crave new experiences, racing to discover new cities, countries, cultures, food, languages and – oh, so much more – the elderly travel, along with the youth travel is being embraced in the last decades.

Freedom from Business, Time for Travel

Latin “otium” meaning “leisure time”, a time free from business, was the best way to live to Roman upper classes, meaning you have taken care of your business and can earn the fruit of your hard work, having pleasure while doing what you love. To most of us, travel is a source of pleasure and as such, is increasingly popular amongst the elderly as well.

The proportion of the elderly is especially increasing in the West. However, our perceptions of old are changing along the way. We are becoming more efficient in ensuring a good living, health, and safety to everyone. Therefore, irrespective to their age, we can see more people travelling.

The number of candles on the birthday cake is no barrier to flying. Anyone able to walk one city block or climb one flight of stairs without shortness of breath can.

However, some barriers emerge.
In hot climates, high altitude, cold climates or air pollution can play a toll on the elderly’s travel experiences. The immune system is weaker. It means that your grandma is more likely to suffer from diarrhoea after trying street food in Vietnam or have a short breath after climbing up to the Neuschwanstein in Germany.

You may see elderly travelling to resorts and mild climates. Southern European countries, like Croatia and Portugal. Others, such as Africa, are providing the pleasure of being in nature.  Long road trips are popular, exploring the ”Bigg Apple” from New York to Boston. On the other hand, health retreats, as well as educational and cultural travel gains momentum. Concerning historic sights and landmarks, theer are new opportunities to elderly.

Young and Wholesome

Youth is travelling on their own; from sporting camps and excursions in groups to individual travel, the increasing safety is ensuring the children travel to increase.

According to WYSE Travel Confederation, every 5th traveller arriving in their destination country is a young traveller, composing 304 million travellers annually. Youth travel is one of the fastest growing segments in international tourism, according to Taleb Rifai, Former Secretary-General of UNWTO.

What do young travellers seek? They are bringing the social change, and foster communication between host populations, and champion environmental protection. Students are keener on sharing accommodation and choose green accommodation over the usual hotel room.

What to Expect

We already see the changing travel trends. Luxury travel is becoming more educated. With more wealthy elderly, who are in good health and seek new experiences. Thus, there are more health retreats available than ever before. On the other hand, young travellers are helping. They shake up the traditional tourism and flee from the developed world.

Destinations all around the world can now benefit from mobility, as anyone – the young, the old, the middle-aged – no matter their gender, age or religion – can now travel.


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Change in Luxury Travel is Greening Hospitality Industry

The luxury travel is always changing, and this time it is for good. It is not about limousine shuttles to airport, piles of towels and high-pressure showers anymore.  As a customer-oriented industry, hoteliers and other travel service providers must consider the needs and wants of customers. More and more high-earning customers are aware of sustainability issues concerning travel industry. Thus, demand from luxury travelers shapes the change in the sector – and does so with positive effects.

Who are the luxury travelers?

You may think of luxury travel as accessible to a selected few. Industry leaders, however, suggest the luxury traveler as we know it is just a part of the luxury travel sector, often mixed with other traveler “tribes”. As Amadeus puts it, the “Reward Hunters” or conventional luxury seekers. They prefer self-indulgent travel and seek a reward for hard work in other areas of life. Reward hunters are usually mixed with other two traveler tribes, simplicity searchers and obligation meters.

Hence, the one willing to pay for easy planning and travelling, and the ones going on business trips, family gathering or other events, such as weddings.

Regarding the regional distribution of travelers, luxury still resides in West, with North America and Western Europe accounting for 64% of outbound luxury trips, although it makes up only 18% of the world’s population. The largest growth prospects of luxury travel are being given to South Asia, Southeast Asia and Emerging Europe, with all three surpassing 8% growth in terms of CAGR in 2015 to 2025.

Why are luxury travelers’ changing preferences important?

Given the variety of luxury travel, you may already guess that the sector is not that small. Neither in terms of a number of travelers, nor dollars spent on their trips.

Hard data confirms the increasing importance of luxury travel. According to Amadeus, luxury travel is growing faster than overall travel. The driver of luxury travel is not that distinct factors driving the general travel industry. The rise of travel expenditure can be explained by experiential spending positively correlating with society enrichment.

What is Luxury Travel all About?

Customer segments, age, values and attitudes are changing. Consequently, these changes manifest themselves in luxury. It is no more all about high-class dining, or a number of pools available.

“As the average consumer becomes older (as it is in Western Europe and North America), luxury becomes more about enrichment than materialism” said Ian Yeoman, Travel Futurologist. Luxury travel is traditionally defined by high service level, high product quality standards, and exclusiveness. Unique or niche services are coupled with privacy and security.

So, where is the change?

Targeting Wellness

First, the change is related to demographics. Dominating markets of Western Europe and North America constrained with ageing. Thus, more and more travelers are willing to spend on wellness travel. From SPAs to sports competitions to resorts, wellness is expected to shape the high-end travel.

Transformative travel was a travel trend of 2018 that continues in 2019 and beyond. Travel experiences empower people to make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. The health-conscious travelers are simply spending more time and dedication to take care of their bodies and minds. As per Alison Gilmore, the ILTM’s Portfolio Director “every trip is expected to enhance the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the traveler, transformation is the very promise of travel(..)”

Greening Travel

The growing awareness of environmental issues and the promotion of sustainable actions in Western Europe and North America is likely to cause the emergence of luxury travelers preferring sustainable and conscious travel over mass tourism. Conscious travel, just like previously mentioned wellness travel trend is related to and arises from the transformative travel, namely the expectation of travel to change and transform traveler’ s everyday life and give a new outlook on the life upon returning back home. As Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts puts it in her interview to travel news agency Skift, ”Conscious travel, I believe, is taking the idea of transformative travel to a new level (..)It’s about human rights and sustaining communities, and not just about sustainability.”  It is indeed the trend to travel with the local communities in mind. However, the accessibility to experiences that are promoting human rights, community sustainability and others, are not always accessible to a mainstream traveler, as the gap of interconnected travel service providers still poses a problem of accessing information and making the product quality and service level available for most of travelers.

Authenticity over Resort Pampering

The third trend of luxury travel changes is authentic travel. The authentic experience has emerged as one of the major factors defining luxury. From visiting silk factories to shopping in the local farmers markets and learning how to cook paella, travelers now want to taste, do, make and indulge in the authentic, local lifestyle, as well as visit sights off the beaten track, more frequently choosing to hike instead of laying in resort poolside area sipping cocktails. As per John Bevan, the COO of Spafinder Wellness, “We’re seeing a lot of luxury travelers wanting a connection with local customs and nature. People want a break from their crazy busy lives(..)

A good example of the authentic travel experience being a new luxury is the Italian designer’s Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.’s cooperation with Tuscany Again, a non-profit curating a selection of luxury travel experiences. Although the owners of Ferragamo are running a hotel e Lungarno Hotel Collection for years, the incentive of luxury travel to be connected with the non-profit offering authentic experiences, such as truffle-picking, olive oil pulling, and visit to jeweler or leather craftsman to learn and make their customer necklace or bag is something new, influenced by the growing demand from luxury travel sector.

Apart from satisfying their customers’ needs, the incentive also tackles one of the most pressing tourism problems in European metropolises, hence the over-tourism. With experiences available to travelers year-round, in regions and rural areas as well as urban centers, travelers can now travel more comfortably, and not be concerned with the effects of mass tourism emerging of their travel choices.   In the interview to Skift, Ferragamo said, “Our goal is to create an ecosystem of the highest quality, to fight mass tourism and create meaningful journeys of discovery.”

Knowledge is the New Luxury

Apart from authentic travel experiences, sustainable choices and other trends, one of the emerging trends is of travelers seeking not only cultural but also educational enhancement. Knowledge and personal growth are one of the main pillars of transformational travel, thus making the travel experience truly life-changing and allowing for advancement in personal and professional life.

A good example of education coupled up with hospitality is the partnership between TED talks and the Marriott hotel chain. “We are delivering a series of original content, events and experiences that will spark travelers’ creativity and inspire new perspectives,” said Matthew Carroll, vice president and global brand manager, Marriott Hotels. And as you may know, creativity, new perspectives and ideas are the fast track to a permanent change in lifestyle.

How the Travel Industry Can Benefit Local Communities

While the fast growth of the travel industry is sometimes blamed for having negative impacts on local communities, environment and other spheres, there are several potential benefits to the changes in luxury travel trends.

Travel industry, in general, can have a positive impact on local communities by educating and raining public awareness on the local environment, and the importance of protecting it. This is a case with the Great Barrier Reef, for example.

Another great and usually travel -industry promoted an effect of the industry is the economic and social contributions with hospitality industry creating employment and business in the area.

Apart from the previously mentioned positive impacts, the currently built hospitality industry buildings are being redesigned to fit the needs of both residents and international visitors, including building better transport, sanitary and other infrastructure.

How the needs Translate into Sustainable Impact

For hospitality impacts are usually divided into aesthetic, cultural social, ecological and political effects, we are taking this approach to explore the benefits of changing luxury travel sector.

Aesthetic Impact

Aesthetic values are often underrated, as those can almost never be evaluated in quantitative terms. Although impossible to evaluate, threats of loss of aesthetics are important to locals, as it results in economic losses due to a decline of the overall value drop of the destination.

Therefore, the damage of aesthetics, such as incompatible hotel styles from different decades with distinct architectural aesthetics is lessened by current travelers’ preferences for authentic travel experiences, more and more preferring home-sharing accommodations and less modern accommodation housing.

These preferences, in return, allow preserving the traditional housing and buildings, and not to ruin the historical areas with new buildings. Due to traveler demands, local governments tend to limit attendance of natural sights in high season.

Cultural Impact

Cultural impact is directly derived from travelers’ preferences for authentic travel experiences. As the demand for preserving cultural heritage grows, local governments tend to support sustainable tourism, especially stressing the social and cultural perspectives of it. Heritage-based urban revalorization can in return generate green employment and stimulate local development.

According to United Nations, sustainable and authenticity-seeking luxury travelers also facilitate dialogue and tolerance, building bridges amongst nations, countries and ultimately leading to less discrimination based on gender, race, religious views or other characteristics.  Thus, the change in the demand of those who usually are blamed for sustaining inequality is benefitting local communities in ways used to hurt.

Ecological Impact

Regarding ecological impact, the authenticity-seeking and sustainability-seeking travelers prefer to book sustainable and green hotels, which tend to be independent, local enterprises instead of large hotel chains. This in return allows the smaller and green, environment-friendly businesses to take off, saving water, electricity, using less polluting cleaning substances and contributing to other factors leading to more green and ecological approach accommodation industry.

Apart from accommodation greening, positive ecological impact in the form of sustaining ecosystems is also present due to decline in over tourism to selected nature parks in high seasons. Animals and insects can sustain their natural habitat, thus allowing the whole ecosystem to survive.

Educational and awareness-raising events, such as TED talks also allow locals to gain knowledge, which can then be applied to tackle some of the ecological problems in the area.

Social Impact

Positive social effects are closely intervened with economic effects, in most cases referring to the lower unemployment and higher business activity. While lower unemployment can be attributed to the whole hospitality industry, higher business activity is usually traced to a higher number of small local businesses or individuals taking advantage of tourist inflows. The business activity is directly correlated with travelers seeking authentic, off-the-beaten-path experiences, staying far from tourist hotspots.

Better local facilities, preserved heritage and organization of frequent social events are amongst other positive effects, which can, however, be traced back to luxury travelers mostly in cases of smaller towns.

Conscious Travel is the New Luxury with its Perks for All

As seen in the previous years, luxury travel is turning from cocktail-sipping by the pool and limousine shuttles to diamond hotels into the authentic, conscious and self-growth-oriented sector. The transformational travel, a megatrend already in 2018, is taking it to the next level in 2019, demanding authentic, environmentally-friendly experiences concerned with physical wellness and stimulating mentality through workshops and conferences.

With the change of perception of luxury, communities and nature in travel destinations can benefit in ways it could not before. Increased awareness of customer demands makes governments preserve natural sights, restrict construction to appeal aesthetically. In terms of positive cultural impacts, the exposure to different attitudes towards race, religious views, gender equality, and others, allow building less discriminatory environment, bridging nations and states. The ecological preferences directly stimulate hoteliers to offer sustainable hotels, whilst social impact goes hand in hand with economic developments and political action to attract more tourists to less populated, rural areas.

Overall, travel is still one of the major sources of negative impacts, but with the ongoing change of perception from high-spenders, the whole offering to any kind of traveler across America, Europe and Asia is expected to change, ultimately improving the sustainability of travel.

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El ocio, un tiempo que hay que aprender a disfrutar

En todas las etapas de la vida el ocio es una parte importante de nuestra existencia y forma parte fundamental de nuestra rutina diaria. Todos buscamos ser felices y hacer lo que nos gusta durante nuestro tiempo libre. Pero vivir mejor el ocio, aunque parezca muy contradictorio, requiere esfuerzo y dedicación.

Disfrutar el tiempo de ocio sacándole todo el partido posible es necesario, entre otras cosas por las ventajas que representa para nuestra salud emocional y física. Dedicar un esfuerzo a planificar en qué utilizar e tiemppo libre es muy útil porqué nos hará disfrutar más de él. pero cuidado: no podemos caer en una carrera desenfrenada por intentar llenar el tiempo de actividades y querer hacer muchas cosas en poco tiemppo. Con frecuencia, nos pasa que trasladamos al tiempo de ocio el estres de nuestra vida personal y laboral. Hay personas que no saben en qué emplear su tiempo libre y se imponen un ritmo de actividad frenética ya que no saben cómo gestionar ese tiempo. Lo que debéis tener en cuenta es que la capacidad de disfrutar del ocio se aprende y se entrena.

Qué esperas de tu tiempo

Para empezar , es importante dedicar un tiempo a gestionar cómo queremos que sea nuestro ocio porque ello nospuede permitir desarrollar valores como la creatividad, la tolerancia o la solidaridad. Además, es en esos momentos en lo cuales podemos crecer y enriquecernos a nivel personal.

Ya que el sector del ocio genera cada vez más propuestas, muchas veces nos perdemos parte del proceso y pasamos a ser sólo consumidores pasivos del producto sin implicarnos directamente en toda la gestión y la parte de aprendizaje que se puede sacar de ello. Por eso es impoirtante potenciar la vertiente educativa del ocio haciendo que sea un balance entre los valores personales y el sentido que se otorga a la vida.  Para ello, os vamos a dar tres pequeños consejos que servirán de guía para lograrlo.

1. Compatibilizar el ocio individual con el compartido: Es bueno vivir momentos indivduales para el disfrute personal y momentos en los que compartimos el entretenimiento o las aficiones con los demás. Por eso, durate tus vacaciones intenta guardar momentos solo para ti. Auqnue vayas con la familia o amigos, sal a pasear a solas alguna vez o tómate esa copa de vino en la piscina disfrutando de unas espectaculares vistas.

2. Combina diversión y aprendizaje: Además de pasarlo bien intenta descubrir (más aún si viajas con niños), la variante creativa de las cosas que haces. Haz que todos formen parte de la actividad desde el principio e intenta que todos los involucrados aprendan algo de ello.

3. Pensar bien qué quieres hacer, qué te interesa, qué te llena y qué te motiva. Para vivir mejor el tiempo de ocio hay que intentar ir más allá y superar costumbres y vicios adquiridos. Reflexiona y piensa que es aquello que siempre has querido hacer pero nunca has tenido tiempo o valor. Implica a todos los que te acompañan, ya sea para que lo hagan contigo o simplemente para que te animen a hacerlo. El tiempo que tenemos es limitado, así que elige bien en qué quieres invertirlo.

Hay que tener en cuenta que los planes de ocio deben guardar relación con la edad de cada uno y que tienen que ser coherentes con la condición física de cada uno y con la edad. Por ejemplo, puede que toda tu vida hayas querido hacer el IronMan de Hawaii, pero para eso debes estar entrenado. Intenta ir paso a paso y disfrutando del camino en cada etapa. Márcate retos que puedas asumir y metas a las que te cueste llegar.

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Why Holidays are so Important to our Health

We all like holidays because it is a time when our body and our mind can finally disconnect from this busy life full of stress and worries. Holidays have become a basic necessity in our society and there is a good reason for it. There is a diversity of studies that show that vacations have certain direct and beneficial effects on our health.

Several studies have been carried out over the years to see what effects the disconnection period has on our mind and body. For example, in one of them, a number of participants were selected and divided into two groups. The first group continued with their routine while the second was sent on a two-week trip to different destinations, including Thailand. After these two weeks, values were measured and the results were compared with those obtained before going on vacation.

The results, although not conclusive since the number of participants in the studies were not very high, were clear enough. Holidays have a direct impact on decreasing blood pressure, improve sleep quality, prevent cardiovascular problems and reduce stress levels considerably.

1. Decreased blood pressure

Following the previous study, the group that took the two weeks off decreased their blood pressure an average of 6%, while those who continued with their normal life hardly suffered any changes. Therefore, for those hypertensive people, vacations are much more than a need.

2. Better sleep quality

People can improve sleep quality by up to 17% during the holiday period, which in turn helps to prevent stress. This is a very significant fact since the hours of sleep and the quality of it are a determining factor for the proper functioning of our body.

3. Healthy heart

In another study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh researcher Karen Mathews, approximately 9,000 men between the ages of 35 and 57 were monitored for 9 years, all of them at high risk of coronary heart disease.
The conclusions were very clear: the participants who did not take vacations annually were 32% more likely to die from a heart attack.

In addition, the University of New York states confirms that men who take vacations reduce their chance of dying from any cause by 20%, and their risk of death from heart disease up to 30%.
If we go to the other sex, various investigations have concluded that vacations are even more beneficial for women than for men.

According to a study conducted in 2005 by the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, women who take vacations less than once every two years are more likely to suffer from depression. In addition, those who do not usually vacation frequently are about eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or suffer a heart attack.

4. Reduce stress levels

An investigation by the Arizona Department of Health Services concluded that women who take vacations frequently are less likely to be tense, depressed or tired.
These psychological benefits that lead to a higher quality of life also produce a better work performance.

If you need more facts: there is an increase in the mood after these days off, as well as a loss of weight. Another study determined that vacations cause a drop in glucose levels, thereby reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes in vacationers and increase mood and energy levels. Check out this tips for healthier holidays before you pack.

Now you know, vacations are not a simple whim, they are as necessary as breathing if we want to enjoy a long and healthy life. Do not waste more time and start taking care of your health with cuddlynest.

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Yoga Destinations India Ashramas 2019

Best Yoga Spots in the World

First of all, we would like to point out that in reality, there is no place that is more or less suitable for practicing Yoga. The practice of Yoga is an internal and personal exercise, so that each person has different needs. We are sure that there will be people whose favorite place is the dining room of their house, others prefer to practice on the beach and many others in the mountains. That is why those who read this article must forgive the audacity to choose certain places, we have simply made a subjective selection that, surely, is not liked by everyone. Therefore, we encourage you to leave your comments at the end of the post and to advise us to improve any aspect you think is convenient.

Best Yoga Destinations 2019: India

Let’s start with the obvious: the place where everything started. One of the most famous places for the practice of Yoga is Rishikesh, this we owe to the Beatles. The British band spent time during February 1968 at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram. Since then many people from all corners of the planet go there to take courses and train. As a curiosity, if you have a moment we invite you to listen to the song “Why don’t we do it in the road“, that Paul McCartney and John Lennon composed while watching what the monkeys did on the road when they were trapped in the chaotic Indian traffic.

Also, there are other parts in India equal or even more interesting to live the experience of Yoga in fullness. For example, the largest ashram is in Bihar (Sadaqat Ashram) and is an excellent choice for those who want to experience the reality of India. Other less drastic options are places like Goa and Kerala, which also enjoy great popularity.

Best Yoga Destinations 2019: Bali, Indonesia

A perfect destination if what you are looking for is a holiday with sun, beach, relax and party alike, and the practice of asanas in paradisiacal places. Our recommendation: try to contact Lani Nalu (check her Instagram profile here), a spiritual coach for women. Her healing techniques include dance, feminine, movement, meditation and yoga. We can promise you would have an amazing time.

Best Yoga Destinations 2019: New York, US

Probably not the first destination that crosses your mind when someone is recommending the best places in the world to practice yoga. Even so, we are going to do it. Quoting Neha Sharma, an instructor based in the city that never sleeps: “Because New York it’s so chaotic is the perfect place to force you to learn conteredness and inner peace”.  Don’t hesitate to take a look at her Instagram amazing profile in here and drop her a message if you are around.

Best Yoga Destinations 2019: Barcelona, Spain

A city that is now in everyone’s dream. The city offers both sea and mountains, as well as an ideal climate for all seasons. In general, there are many schools, but we are going to talk about something a little different. Taking advantage of your visit to one of the most original cities, it would be ideal to try something new like acroyoga. For that, you can not leave Barcelona without trying a class with Li Lin, an incredible instructor with whom you will learn amazing things while you spend one of the best moments of your life. She runs some classes at Gracia neighbourhood and Parc de la Ciutadella so, why not to give it a try?  You can contact her through Instagram by clicking here.

Best Yoga Destinations 2019: Portugal

Have you ever heard about healing Yoga retreats? Probably yes, but Portugal is not really known for that right? Well, it should be. Cristina Dos Santos is gonna make sure of it. She organises retreats to help people to heal through yoga practise while they have an amazing holiday. By clicking here you can access to her Instagram profile and see for yourself what are we speaking about.


Yoga is where your mind is

As we said before, there is not a perfect location for this matter but of course, to have the possibility to choose a villa, apartment or home according to your needs and aims, is not gonna harm anyone. Don’t forget to check us out where you can book any stay everywhere.

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How to stay in shape during summer holidays

Holidays are a period to unwind and have fun. Forget about everything that generates stress and dedicate time to oneself to be able to reach a state of relaxation and well-being.

It is shown that exercise is widely beneficial both for the mind and for the body. If you usually have an exercise routine, it’s time to break it. But this does not mean that you should spend a few weeks doing absolutely nothing, take advantage to do things that usually do not have time to do in the normal day to day.

General advice

  1. Forget about the clock. Disconnect. Do not put a schedule, take the opportunity to exercise when the body asks you and you want. Learn to listen to your body.
  2. Do group activities. Many times we confuse exercise with having to crush us, remember that it is your vacation and the most important thing is to have a good time with your friends and family.
  3. Do not obsess. As we have noted, neither schedules nor restrictions. Do you fancy an ice cream between hours? Ahead. There is nothing healthier than knowing how to enjoy the pleasures of life (and food), at certain times.

Vacation on the beach

If you have chosen a destination with coast, take advantage of it. You can do millions of outdoor activities that, in general, daily life does not allow us to enjoy. Do you like to swim? There is nothing better than swimming in the sea. Save 20 minutes for it. Are you going with your family? Propose them a challenge: who is able to go and return twice to the buoy faster. This can become a fantastic and fun exercise for the whole family. Swimming has many benefits such as: delays the aging process, helps increase our motor capacity, improves memory, burns many calories, makes our body more resistant and favors the proper functioning of the cardiorespiratory system.

Swimming is not your thing? Nothing happens. You can always spend 40 minutes walking the beach. It is known that walking decreases the risk of being hypertensive, and in patients with high blood pressure reduces pressure values, produces favorable effects on cholesterol, prevents the onset of diabetes, improves your sex life, increases Vitamin D levels and It helps to lose weight. You can take some time just for yourself (sometimes it is necessary to do it), and get lost with your thoughts while leaving your footprints in the sand.

On the other hand, an activity that many people practice on the beach is playing with paddles or football. Although it may not seem like it, it is an excellent exercise in which you involve the whole body. The resistance of the sand makes your legs work twice. You can get to burn 220 calories in an hour. Why not organize a championship?

Other activities that you surely do not have time to do in your day to day are: kayak, beach volleyball, surfing … You may never have tried them, so why not take advantage to do something new that who knows, could become your new hobby of the weekends.

Last thing, use new technologies to return to the origin. Summer is an excellent time to practice outdoor sports and those who are dedicated to it know it perfectly. Many gyms or professionals who work on their own, take the opportunity to form groups of short duration and offer yoga or crossfit classes that you can attend without any commitment. Google it and you will find something around your are.

Holidays in the mountains

In general, people who choose this type of vacation are self-interested in sports. Surely you have already chosen some routes that you would like to do. Well, our advice is that you take the time to take care of yourself. Do not forget that the work period is as important as the recovery period.

Give yourself a prize and reserve yourself a day at a spa or doing activities that go a little out of your mountain routine (like drinking a mojito while enjoying the views).

Holidays in a big city

Maybe this type of vacation is the most complicated to follow a program. You can always access YouTube videos with 15-minute routines that are an excellent way to start the day.

In any case, the best way to discover the most exciting places in a city is to get lost in its streets. This involves walking (sometimes walking a lot), which as we have noted before, is a great exercise. Do you like to ride a bike? Well do not hesitate, hire a bicycle tour of the city. There are companies that are dedicated to this and there are excellent tours with which you can combine culture and exercise at the same time. It sounds good, right?

If you prefer to have a time just for you and your body, do not forget that you are in a big city and that you can always go to a gym. But let’s be honest, you can do that in your city. Find new things. Most cities have a park where people go to exercise, grab your sport shoes and run it, you may even find yourself with some group practicing tai-chi who are always happy to welcome someone else in their family.

Holidays and diet = no holidays

One of the issues that most worries when it comes to staying in shape is food. We will not deny what is widely known: being in shape consists 20% of exercise and 80% of diet. But, what are holidays if you can not give yourself a whim? Well there’s the trick, some whim.

That is, do not take advantage of this time to throw away everything you have achieved. That is the big mistake of the majority (and more when there is a free buffet). Treat yourself from time to time, but do not make it the norm of your vacation. The best way is to follow a balanced diet (at all times of your life).

A balanced diet does not mean that you have to restrict foods from your list, it means that you must learn to eat well. We all know that fried foods are not the most recommended foods, just like sweets. That does not mean we should eliminate those of the list, we should simply reduce their intake. Think that if you stuff yourself with this kind of food it is likely that your energy goes down and that all those things you had planned to do during your vacations remain in thoughts. That’s why it’s important to find the balance.

In conclusion, vacations are not the time to set goals and get an excellent state. You already try that all year. Take the opportunity to do new things and have fun with your ones. It is important that you do it in a healthy and conscious way because it is the way with which you will enjoy more of your relaxing time.

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7 Health Benefits Of Skiing

Some people believe that once winter time hits, there isn’t much to do outside. Most people even stop participating in any outdoor physical activity. What they don’t realize is skiing has huge health benefits.


Strengthens Bones and Joints

Your knees have to endure the weight and tension from your body while you glide downhill quickly, so every time you ski, you are strengthening your knees. It’s not just your knees that reap benefits, your bones will also become stronger in result of the impact of bearing your weight on your legs. Not only will you be having fun out on the slopes, but you’re preventing osteoporosis and knee damage.


Improved Mood

How many times have you heard that people’s mood shifts downwards in the winter? We know it’s the lack of Vitamin D, but did you know skiing can improve your mood? Skiing can boost your overall well-being and lead to happiness. It’s highly beneficial for your mental and physical health.


Strengthens Lower Body Muscles

Skiing will have you in an almost constant squat position, which will work amazing for your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and outer and inner thighs. You won’t even realize you’re getting an intense workout in as you will be taking in your surroundings of nature.


Improved Sleep

Being that active, such as with skiing, you should definitely have an easier time drifting away to sleep once your head hits your pillow. Don’t be surprised if you’re so exhausted that you turn out the lights ahead of time. Improved sleep means better, quality health over time.


Cardiovascular Health

Between the high altitude and your elevated heart rate, your cardiovascular system will benefit. While your heart rate is up, your body will have increased blood circulation, resulting in your muscles bringing in more oxygen and blood, meaning burning more calories in less time.

Fun fact – Skiing can allow you to burn up to 400 calories per hour!


Bring on the Water

Being in higher altitudes means you will be breathing heavier. It may only take a little bit of time to adjust to the altitude but to stay on top of it, you will find yourself wanting to chug more water than usual. You won’t even think twice about it. Keep that water nearby.


Indulge in Healthier Food Choices

You’re going to be burning many calories while skiing so chances are you’re going to need a power up meal after. By lunchtime you’ll feel the need to refuel, and by dinner you’ll need another recovery meal. Naturally, you’ll feel more apt to carefully choose the food you put in your mouth. You’ll likely reach for more protein and healthy fats.


Have you noticed any of these health benefits with yourself while skiing? If you are a beginner, now is the best time to get out on those slopes and reap all of these health benefits. Whether you want to ski by your hometown or take a vacation to one of the many slopes around the world, what do you have to lose by having fun and getting healthy at the same time? 

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