5 steps to achieving Wellness during a luxurious holiday.

I have been more interested in my wellness ever since I turned 30 years old, a few years ago. Does wellness have anything to do with age?

Am I the only one who felt this way in my thirties?

Disclaimer: High level of responsibilities can be experienced at different stages for different people and while some might feel a high stake of responsibilities at an earlier age, others might feel more responsible at a later age.

Certainly, there is no age set in stone for people to start taking their wellness seriously.

In my case, I felt this overwhelming level of responsibility at this age as I was responsible for the well-being and nurturing of three young children, as well as juggling a full-time teaching role, running a design business and volunteering my skills and other random acts of kindness I get involved in at my local community centre.

My desire to blend wellness into my travels led to an extensive research into wellness and travel.

In as much as I love to delve into adventures on holidays, I also sometimes love to just chill and relax and indulge in health and wellness.

Here are my 5 steps to achieving wellness during a luxurious holiday.

Start with a healthy breakfast

A healthy breakfast will set the tone for a healthy day however, in a luxury hotel setting where you’re spoilt for choice on the food front, establishing a strict approach to food will help you achieve your health goal.

Are you more plant based or paleo or do you prefer sweet and savoury food? Regardless of your food desires, remember to keep things simple and go for the healthier version. I love to be flexible about my choice and I sometimes cross between the plant based and paleo diet.

Take a walk

How would you feel strolling down the promenade after breakfast and glazing into the clear blue skies and endless sea water? What about Yoga on the beach?

Do you wear a pedometer/step counter? Does your watch or phone help record the number of steps you have taken in a day? Well, this is surely a step in the right direction when it comes to your well being. A pedometer is a great motivational tool that helps you see an instant result. I have frequently recorded the highest number of steps taken in a day whilst on holiday.

It is no surprise that I always feel healthier on holiday than when I’m not on holiday. Do you feel the same?

Taking your wellness seriously on holiday by walking either first thing in the morning or at sunset will give you a clarity of thoughts and rejuvenate your wellbeing.

Spa is a must

Luxurious holidays are the best time to indulge in spa experiences. Most luxurious hotels would give you discounted spa sessions or you can look around your location for more affordable spa sessions.

The essentials for a good spa experience on holiday are:

  1. Arriving early – ensure you arrive early to take in all you have paid for. Spend a good time relaxing in the saunas and Jacuzzi, before your treatment starts.
  2. Taking your swim wear – this is an essential especially if you’re having a traditional bath. I remember forgetting to take my swim wear to the traditional Turkish bath – Hammam. It was such an awkward experience to say the least.
  3. Hair essentials – this includes hair clips, hair pins, swim cap, shower cap, hair brush, hair de-tangler and hair oil. The last thing you want to deal with is the battle with your hair which might constantly be falling on your face.

Spa treatments during luxurious holidays gives you the time to go that extra mile while on holiday.

Pampered evenings

I like the idea of dancing all night in a club while on holiday however, I have long decided to use that time for a pampered evening.

How do I achieve a pampered evening in a hotel?

Well, this is what I do.

  1. I put on my battery powered candles
  2. I run a bubble bath with scented bath salts
  3. I put on my tranquil playlist
  4. I make my favourite drink
  5. I wrap up warm in a cosy dressing gown.

Seek advice

Some hotel resorts employ a wellness specialist who will discuss, calculate and refine a personalised program that can be continued after your travels are over.

Medical travel tourism is a big industry and while it’s best to seek advice with your private doctor in your country, some wellness resort destinations covers more than you might get in your country.

It is worth enquiring and gaining more information.

I hope you start taking your wellness more seriously and you use my five steps to achieving wellness during a luxurious holiday.

Affordable Luxury Travel: How to enjoy the Luxe life at a Low cost.

Luxury travel is life but what’s even better is the low cost if you know how to find it.

If you have school – aged children like me and you prefer the consistency that term-time schooling gives them, then you have no choice than to travel only during the school holidays.

In England, UK, there are 13 weeks of school holidays. Travel during this 13 weeks tends to be more expensive because the travel companies take advantage of the demand and then increase the cost of supply.

In order to enjoy luxury travel at a low cost during school holidays, you need to follow my 5 ‘go-to’ tips.

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1. Time

With seven continents and over one hundred and ninety five countries in the world, you are spoilt for choice with where to go. The question is when?

In order to find when to travel, you need to pick a location, search for the possibility of natural disasters, peak periods and non – peak periods. Then, book the non-peak period that is favourable for you.

For example, we travelled to Turkey during the half-term school holidays in February which was not a peak period hence it was unbelievably affordable.49266534-1b4f-4ecf-bff9-f9c330629b05 We stayed at the prestigious Concorde De Luxe Resort.

2. Have a growth mindset

Growth Mindset simply means you need to be flexible and have an open mind about achieving your travel plans. The best deals at a particular school holiday period might not be where you have on your list but giving it a go could be the best decision you ever made.

For example, when we booked our first Easter school holiday to Cyprus about five years ago, we didn’t know what affordable luxury life Cyprus had in stock for us and ever since we first visited, we have ritually continued to visit Cyprus every year and we have even joked that we will retire in Cyprus one day.

3. Use Comparison Sites, Cash-backs and Discounts

Comparison sites are great for checking out what’s on offer. Trivago and Travelscoop are one of my favourites for luxury school holidays offer.

Cash- backs are great for comparing various booking websites like Expedia, Booking.com and icelolly.com offering cash-back deals when you book with them.  I mostly use Quidco  for these.

There are a number of career – based discounts that are great at giving you staff discounts. The most popular is the National Health Service (NHS) discount. If you work with the NHS, make sure you use the health service discount website to check out what discount is on.

4. Use Prepaid Currency Card

I have introduced Revolut travel card to a large number of friends already and they’re all so happy about the fact that they don’t need to pay handling fees or transactional fees unlike credit cards from banks.

Revolut travel card works like a credit card and you can conveniently transfer money from your account to your Revolut card and vice- versa, whilst keeping an eye on what you’re spending. The range of currencies on offer is amazing and I noticed that Revolut’s conversation rate is usually higher than the banks.

For more guide on the best and worst debit cards to use abroad, check out this blog post by Veggievagabonds.

Bank International ATM fee International transaction fee International withdrawal limit
Monzo* Nil Nil £200 per month. 3% charge for foreign withdrawals after.
N26* 1.7% Nil No limit
Revolut* Nil but 0.5-2% on weekends Nil £200 a month. 2% charge for foreign withdrawals after.

5. Use Rewards and more Rewards

We all love to be pampered right? Rewards come in different shapes and sizes. Using them on your luxury travel makes it all more affordable. How?

Ensure your credit card gives you offers for using it. An example is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which gives a 2 for 1 companion travel on a BA flight for an annual fee of £195 and a minimum spend of £10,000 over a period of 12 months.

Ensure you use your supermarket royalty scheme which have partnership points that can be used for travel. Examples are Tesco Club-Card points which converts into Avios and Sainsbury’s Nectar points which can be used for travelling with Easy-Jet.

The secret is out! This is how you too can enjoy affordable Luxury travel during school holidays.

I hope you find these tips useful and if you have your tips that you wish to share, please do by leaving them in the comments below.