Self Care

The Top Wellness-Focused Spring Travel Destinations

Are you team vacation or staycation? Hint: there’s something for everyone.

By: Lexy Parsons

After a long winter, spring is the perfect time to hit the reset button and get away. But, we’re not talking about booking a booze cruise or having a party-filled spring break. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying some fun in the sun, these wellness-inspired spring travel ideas will actually leave you feeling rejuvenated and restored – no hangover included. Think: a break for your mind, body, and soul! And what’s better than that? From yoga retreats and sound baths to health and wellness recovery spas, we’ve rounded up the top trending destinations that will leave you feeling zen as ever.

Take A Trip to These Top Trending Spring Travel Destinations

Lace Up Your Sneaks for a Mindful Running Retreat for Women

If you’re a runner, Run Wild Retreat is for you! Exercise your body and your brain with this mindful running retreat for women. With upcoming spring retreats in Moab, Utah, and Tucson, AZ, surround yourself with a powerful and supportive community as you immerse yourself in nature. Taught by influential women in the wellness space, leave feeling strong, resilient, and empowered. Start the day with a mindful ritual, enjoy a daily run, and indulge in optional spa treatments, such as facials and body wraps. More than a “run-cation” these wellness retreats were designed to help you grow physically and mentally in a supportive and therapeutic space.

Take an Emotional Destination Detox 

Ready to jet set to a destination detox for your mental health? Book a vacation with Wellbeing Escapes. As a wellness travel concierge service, Wellbeing Escapes takes the stress out of planning, booking, and searching — they do all the work for you, at no additional cost to you! Having visited the retreats themselves, the expert team can help provide the best match for you and your needs. And trust us, there’s something for everyone. From yoga and meditation retreats to programs designed to balance the nervous system and alleviate stress, you’ll come back feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and rebalanced.

Try a Life Improvement Vacation (With Some Yoga Twists)

Travel to Caye Caulker, Belize, with world-renowned Vinyasa yoga leader Baron Baptiste. During this mind-body expansive and integrative yoga and wellness retreat, transform your health like never before. Reconnect with yourself and deeply connect with a like-minded community as you practice daily yoga, meditation, and personal development skills. Spend the rest of the day filling up your cup as needed — scuba and snorkel, soak up the sun and sand, or spend the day with others in the community.

If you’re looking for something more low-key, transform your mind and body from the comfort of your own home. Sign up for the Level One Virtual yoga teacher training program for three weeks of immersive and interactive healing and learning. Even if you’re not considering a career in yoga teaching, this journey will help you grow in ways you never thought possible.

Recover With a Local Wellness Staycation 

From salt rooms and saunas to sensory deprivation tanks and cryotherapy, recovery spas are all the rage. If you aren’t looking to splurge on travel or airfare, try a local wellness spa staycation! With more and more wellness and recovery spas, a simple google search will help you locate the closest day spa near you. Spas like the Now Massage have multiple locations and offer membership packages to help you save. Ask about a week package or membership at your local facility, and rejoice in a week of self-care — just minutes from home!

Book a Quick Yet Restorative Yoga & Health Retreat

This affordable and integrative 2-day retreat is located at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Enjoy daily yoga classes, 3 whole food meals, and meditation and mindfulness practices. Suitable for all levels, in a safe and nurturing space. Can’t make it to the East Coast? There are hundreds of quick and affordable yoga retreats out there with various styles and programs based on your needs. Check-in with your local studios, or even look into something virtual!

How to Get Away When You Can’t Travel: Wellness Staycation Ideas

If you’re short on time or tight on cash, traveling isn’t the only way to get away! These local and affordable wellness ideas will help benefit your mind and body and leave you with that resort-like restorative glow.

Attend a Sound Bath

Sound baths, also known as sound healing or sound therapy, are gaining popularity in the wellness world as a holistic healing technique for the mind and body. Shown to benefit the nervous system and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, the practice shares similarities to meditation and breathwork. Best of all, all you have to do is show up — no movement or experience necessary.

Take An Outdoor Yoga Class 

If your environment allows, try an outdoor yoga class! Whether it’s at the beach, the park, or an outdoor or roof-top studio, embracing nature while in Savasana is like therapy in itself.

Book an Acupuncture Session

With benefits for the mind, body, and spirit, acupuncture is a holistic self-care modality you’ll want to try. With the goal of bringing the body back to a state of balance, this ancient therapeutic medicine has been shown to reduce stress, boost energy and mood, and benefit sleep — among other things! While you’re at it, take advantage of other services such as gua sha, cupping, and herbal therapy.

Get a Massage

Feeling bloated or inflamed? Suffering from an achy back or stiff neck? From lymphatic drainage to deep tissue massages, you’re bound to find the perfect treatment for your needs. Plus, many spas offer a deal for first-time customers — an opportunity to treat yourself without breaking the bank!

Sweat it Out with an Infrared Sauna Sesh

If you’re looking for a spa-like experience without actually paying for a spa vacation, book an infrared sauna session! Unique to infrared saunas (vs. traditional saunas), support your detox pathways and help eliminate waste and toxins from the skin. Plus, you’ll get some major muscle relief while sweating out pent-up stress. 

Treat (or Retreat) Your Mind and Body

With so many health and wellness-inspired spring travel activities, you’ll feel renewed and recharged no matter what you choose. Whether you jet set for a week-long retreat or keep it low-key and local with a spa treatment or sound bath, these mind-body modalities will help you feel good inside and out. And while these vacation or staycation ideas are perfect for spring, they can be done any time of the year, too!