From the sticky handrails of the conveyor belt to the departure gate and the recycled air of the pressurised cabin, travelling can present personal obstacles for the hygiene conscious. Common touch points, shared plane bathrooms and food prepared by others only contribute to the anxiety of travellers. You may even be thinking about postponing your holiday due to travel hygiene concerns.

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As the world becomes gradually more and more accessible after Covid-19, aspirations and life goals are moving from settling down and career pathways to travelling the world and experiencing everything it has to offer. Writer Paulo Coelho said that ‘if you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal’. With these words fresh in the mind, our best solo active tours will open your mind to the beauty and possibilities our world has to offer, whilst providing the wellness aspects of a healthy holiday.

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The confining worlds of our lockdown living rooms are lifting, so many of us are ready for that feeling of freedom only the open road can offer. Whether you are after an excursion into the unknowns on your faithful Diamondback or ready to hit the highways as part of a gruelling Ironman, there are cycling holidays to fulfil all your two wheeled needs. We have picked out the best cycling trips to take post-lockdown for all styles of cyclist.

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With the importance of mental and physical health at an all-time high, and the uncertainty of travelling abroad, the recent rise of the wellness staycation comes as no surprise. The current pandemic has shown how important it is to give your mind and body time to rejuvenate and recharge, and booking yourself a wellness holiday on home turf is proving to be the ideal option. Providing you with the tools to eat well, drink well, exercise, and boost your immunity through therapies and treatments, you can take care of your body and get your holiday fix without the hassle of travelling overseas. 

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 Airport transfers, the flights themselves, the huge resort complexes sporting bright lights and cheap drinks, make holidaying a worrying increase on our carbon footprints. Even excluding carbon emissions, the construction of large hotels contributes to the despoiling of natural beauty and produces tonnes of waste. Travel though need not be as detrimental to the environment, there are now eco-friendly and sustainable wellness holidays to counter the more carbon heavy traditional holiday.

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Shauna Anderson BSc. Adv Dip Nat. is a mother of two young children and has been a qualified Naturopath for 15 years. She is also the expert for wholefood supplement company Whole Earth & Sea. She has worked in the health industry as a writer, editor, and scientific researcher in product development for over 12 years.

Her passion has been living a healthy and balanced life ever since she began to study Natural Medicine in the year 2000. Her youngest son was diagnosed with autism in 2015 and since then she has also been determined to give him the best chance of a healthy life, through diet, natural therapies and lifestyle. She has also seen this life challenge as an opportunity to help her son on his healing path and to allow others to see the value of living a rich and natural life, through her writing and involvement in the industry.

 

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It is believed that travel and a change of pace can impart a new vigour on the mind and as the world begins to reopen its borders and become more accessible, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore those breath-taking vistas and cultures that our planet has to offer. Now is the time to flick through the bucket list and pick out the destinations that have gone unchecked for too long, whether you want to practice yoga in the jungles of Bali, set foot along the path less travelled exploring the Himalayas of Bhutan, or adventure through Patagonia’s icy wonderland. 

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It is rare that any products or diet plans can offer the proven benefits of a supervised fasting retreats. Unlike the gimmicks that fill our bathroom cabinets, fasting offers an almost unrivalled variety of health and mind benefits without the hassle. Detox holidays offer fasting and juice cleanse programmes to fight off the easily accumulated toxins picked up in the world of takeaways and ready meals. Single holiday goers can fast and socialise with the friendly and open atmospheres of these retreats while fostering lasting health benefits. Couples can sustain mutual weight loss with each other’s support and as part of a larger group. Even entire friendship groups can book nutrition-friendly retreats to de-stress and bring back a collective Zen. The ancient spiritualistic practices of fasting are no longer the virtue of a handful of Buddhist monks, we can all experience the benefits.

 

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Sharon Joy went from being a tired primary school teacher to a full-time traveller before transforming her career to become the Marketing Manager of Red Paddle Co Australia and inspired soulpreneur. Now living the laptop life, her joy is helping people to live out their dreams by sharing her love of stand up paddle boarding for its many mind, body, balance benefits as well as helping women to bring the buzz back.

Sharon specialises in helping people transform their online brand, their wellness and their life by putting the spark into soul and selling and the whole into wellbeing. 

She’s the founder of Wandering Wellness Collective, a Certified Soul Modes® Mentor, one of only a handful in the world as well as a Raindrop Technique® Practitioner, Young Living Silver Leader, social slayer, marketer, writer, speaker and source of inspiration and she believes that life and business get to feel good!

 

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There is always another reason not to go travelling. We are always stuck in the fast lane of life, working frantically to the next ‘important’ goal or just holding on for dear life as to not be left behind... but we say forget it! Start putting your health and wellbeing first with our selection of the best wellness tours for when you’re single. Each wellness tour provides the perfect mix of a healthy holiday and adventure tour, whether it’s hiking through picturesque valleys to the sacred Machu Picchu or voyaging to the home of the Dalai Lama, they’re sure to enthuse a new energy into the mind, body and soul and give you a renewed positivity for life. A job may fill your pockets, but adventure fills your soul, so set out time to head off into the world and uncover its secrets on these fantastic solo adventures.

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Immerse yourself in the calming world of yoga and meditation with our top five affordable yoga retreats in Portugal that prove you don’t need to spend a fortune to be able to rediscover your inner self in this sunshine paradise. Our yoga retreats include one-to-one practice and group classes with like-minded yogi’s to give you an inclusive and relaxing experience, regardless of your ability. Combine this with a range of delicious culinary options, invigorating water or land activities, and indulgent spa treatments and you’ve got the ultimate meditation escape at a great pricepoint.

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Brittany is a publicist who specialises in building up expert profiles in the lifestyle, business and wellness space. She is the founder of Bennett PR, a boutique agency based in Sydney and www.experthub.com.au. Clients include the likes of 28 by Sam Wood, Aussie Sprouts,12RND Fitness, Luke Mcleod’s Soul Alive, Flow Athletic, Vitruvian Form, Red Paddle Co, Whole Earth & Sea, ZADI, Rose Hip Specialists to name a few.

 

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There’s no doubt that travelling abroad will be a little different for the foreseeable future, but there’s no need for pre-holiday panic with our Covid-19 checklist to help prepare you for the ‘new travel normal’. With Government guidelines constantly changing it’s hard to know where’s safe to travel to and what’s the entry requirements and regulations are for each destination, so it’s a good idea to check the government travel advice website before you go anywhere. To make things easier, we have brought together everything you need to know about Covid-friendly travel, from borders, insurance, and visas, to airport regulations, accommodation, and masks. 

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Relax into yoga sessions, wellness consultations and indulgent treatments with our ultimate vegan travel guide that ensures you can satisfy your holiday needs in a vegan-friendly environment. As the vegan community is growing, it’s becoming increasingly important to cater to plant-based diets and ethically conscious travelers, and we’ve found our best wellness holidays that make your dietary and wellbeing requirements as much of a priority as everyone else’s.

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Claire Aristides is a clinical hypnotherapist and founder and creator of Mindology App, an app to calm and empower the mindset. Available on Apple and Android.

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Release any post-lockdown pent-up energy and get your body moving on a singles-friendly active holiday where you can learn how to stay fit whilst you travel. Taking time off to be active abroad provides you with both the health benefits of exercise and the mental benefits of travelling, so why not boost your wellbeing to its full potential and reconnect with yourself on a solo adventure?

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Treat yourself to water sports, workout classes, relaxing treatments and spectacular views without the fear of damaging your bank account with our best value fitness breaks to book now. The health and wellbeing movement is progressing and with it comes a whole new wave of fitness fanatics, whether you’re starting from scratch or you’re wanting to boost your healthy lifestyle to the max, our fitness breaks offer you the chance to relax your mind and reboot your body away from home. 

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When we travel, we open the door to positive change and endless new possibilities. Travelling to our planet’s most illustrious destinations on one of our life-changing solo wellness trips will connect you to stunning nature, diverse culture and new ways of thinking, sparking a new-found creativity and energy within you.

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Whether you’re flying solo in the Caribbean, partnered up or jetting off with the whole family in Europe, why not nip those winter woes in the bud and treat yourself to a wellness retreat for Christmas and New Year? In light of the Covid-19 chaos of 2020, this could be your perfect chance to safely step away from the madness and rebuild your immunity and mental wellbeing away from home. Each of our wellness retreats for Christmas and New Year will ensure you get some much-needed recuperation and rejuvenation and provide you with the tools to sow the seeds for a positive, healthy new year.

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It’s time to start setting healthy goals for 2021, and exercise need not be a chore with activities like hiking, biking, surfing and triathlons on offer, whether it’s alone, with a partner, or with the whole family, you can lay the foundations for a healthy new year with these invigorating fitness holidays for 2021. From hiking magnificent volcanoes in the Galapagos Islands and training for triathlons in Thailand, to personal training in the Mediterranean and family fitness activities, there’s a healthy break for everyone to kickstart their fitness journey.

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