Mindfulness trending in 2020

Virtuoso 2020 Trends: Wellness Travel with Mindful Meditation

Advisors for global luxury travel network Virtuoso® uncovered that reducing stress and anxiety are paramount with travelers in the New Year.

The expert advisors named meditation and mindfulness as the top wellness travel activity and cited spiritual and mental wellness as significant emerging trends.

The Virtuoso survey revealed that the typical wellness traveler is a Generation-X woman who most frequently goes on trips with a small group of friends or solo. With today’s increasingly hectic lifestyles due to work, family and other obligations, travelers are looking to wellness trips to provide a relaxing escape that restores balance and transforms mind, spirit and body. They are also seeking skills while away to help maintain that calm and support their mental, spiritual and physical health once they return home.

Asian destinations emerged strongly as favorite wellness settings. Although the U.S. tops the list of wellness travel destinations, Bali and Thailand follow close behind. Two other Asian locales, Bhutan and Vietnam, appear high on the roster of wellness destinations on the rise. The prevalence of meditation, yoga, spirituality, fresh cuisine, spa treatments and outdoor activities makes Asia compelling for travelers focusing on wellbeing.

Virtuoso specialists report that wellness travel sales are pacing solidly for 2020. Fifty-three percent say sales will be steady from 2019, while 45 percent say they expect sales to increase. The future is even more positive: a powerful 98 percent say the trend will continue to build.

Key results from the 2020 Virtuoso Wellness Community survey:

Top Wellness Travel Motivations

1. Stress and anxiety reduction
2. Rest and relaxation
3. Body/mind/spirit transformation
4. Getting away from it all
5. Spiritual renewal

Top Wellness Travel Activities

1. Meditation and mindfulness
2. Spa treatments such as massages
3. Yoga
4. Healthy eating
5. Outdoor adventures

Top Wellness Travel Destinations

1. United States                                                                       
2. Bali                                                                                     
3. Thailand                                                                              
4. Costa Rica                                                                          
5. Italy                                                                                                

Top Wellness Travel Destinations on the Rise

1. Bhutan
2. Croatia
3. Vietnam
4. Portugal
5. South Africa

Top Emerging Wellness Travel Trends

1. Hotels with wellness amenities
2. Spiritual retreats
3. Mental wellness
4. Travel with a purpose
5. Developing skill in a wellness activity

Travel advisors who are part of Virtuoso’s Wellness Community lent their expertise and knowledge to this survey, offering their insights into 2020’s top trends in this growing niche.

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