The spa can change your life – a spa certainly changed mine. After my first spa vacation, at a state-run spa in Germany, I was such a fan of spa travel I went home, wrote about the spa I’d been to and sold the articles some top newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Post and the Toronto Star – a fluke or fate, who knows?
At any rate my life as a travel and spa writer was born. Who knew there was such an interest in wellness?
Spa luxury at the Park Kenmare in Ireland
Since then I’ve written about the spa industry, spa travel and top wellness destinations around the globe. And what I’ve learned is that there is no healthier way to vacation. Is it any wonder spa and wellness travel is one of the fastest growing niches in the tourism industry?
My only question is, what took it so long?
Nordic Spa Natur’Eau in Quebec
So drop those spa prejudices (you know you have them – at least my husband did until I brainwashed educated him), because a trip to the spa can mean far more than a mani and a rose-scented facial (though you wouldn’t catch me turning one down).
Today, the spa is as much about lifestyle as it is about beauty and there are spas and spa destinations that cater to every taste.
Historic Bath Spa
The options for spa treatments and spa programs are so varied it’s mind blowing. In additional to the good old Swedish massage, at the spa you can:
Sahra Spa at Cosmo Las Vegas Hotel
Ah, Spa, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
Trying to define a spa these days is like trying to define culture, or health, or life itself. The spa can be so many different things. There are Nordic spas with outdoor pools, beauty spas, medi spas, wellness and holistic spas, fitness spas, detox spas, destination spas, day spas and even DIY spas out in nature, where you slap some mud onto your legs and rub.
Something for everyone to be sure.
DIY wellness in Saturnia, Italy
With so many spa options available, the question isn’t whether to go to the spa, it’s where to go to the spa.
There are luxury spa destinations, affordable spa holidays and everything in between. And that’s why WanderingCarol has such a large wellness and spa section: it’s designed to be the ultimate resource for spa travel, luxury spas, spa destinations, spa trends and how-to information, just for you.
To get the most out of the spa information on this travel blog, scroll down, you’ll find plenty of spa articles here. Have fun and happy spa travel planning – don’t you feel better already?