“The greatest wealth is health.”
A truth spoken by the Roman poet, Virgil, more than 2,000 years ago and one that still rings true today – louder than ever before.
When it comes to the modern-day to-do list, health and fitness is often at the bottom, somewhere between daily journalling and remembering to hit the daily eight glasses of water quota. Our lives are full to the brim with all things hustle, whether it’s juggling family life, frantically climbing up the career ladder, or prioritising a flourishing social calendar.
Perhaps there’s a goal or two floating around in your head (or jotted down on your bucket list). A spectacular hike? An Icelandic yoga adventure? A fitness reset via a boxing camp in sunny Spain? No matter how big or bold your health and fitness goals are, travel can be your catalyst.
Like all experiences with We Love Transformational Travel, our trips start with intention. From mindfully perfecting your headstand to kickstarting new habits, our transformational trips are designed to help you map out your growth as both the epic human you are and the one you want to be. If there’s one thing the past two years have thought us, it’s that our health is everything. Ready to make yours a priority? These 10 life-changing, habit-setting trips are waiting for you to take the plunge.
1 – Learn to Box Like a Champ in Spain
Alicante on Spain’s sunny south east coast is famous for its expansive beaches and warm Mediterranean climate. Sound good so far? How about spending week there focusing on getting yourself fitter & healthier (with a little down time on the side!) Whether you are a beginner, advanced, or professional boxer, world-class trainer, Coach Shahab, and his team will put you through a variety of training sessions and workouts.
This is a week of intense and challenging boxing training set in various locations around Alicante’s mountains and the sea, balanced perfectly with scheduled personal time and optional opportunities to try some watersports, visit waterfalls or go on mountain hikes.
2 – Kickstart Your Fitness Journey in Thailand
We all have to start somewhere. Embarking on a fitness regime can be tough when faced with all of life’s distractions, so what better way to start than visiting a wellness haven in Koh Samui. Personal instruction and guidance from fitness experts there allow the programme to be tailored to those wanting to begin a fitness regime as well as those who need a gentle nudge to get back on track with those healthy habits life got in the way of. Get away from temptations, set your goals and get to work on feeling like the best version of yourself.
3 – Learn to Surf in Brazil
Run by former professional surfer, Beto Dias, this week-long surfing skills programme is set along 7kms of pristine private beach in Bahia, north east Brazil. The school is nestled perfectly in a protected environmental area, along the between beach and leafy forest, lagoon and sand dunes.
Spending time in the fresh ocean air on a natural and unspoiled stretch of beach, along with a week of healthy, unprocessed food and plenty of physical activity will do your body and mind wonders, reduce stress and anxiety, allowing you to return home calmer and more focused on what it is you want from your life.
4 – Practice Pilates on Safari in South Africa
Limpopo is a South African province bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is region of infinite scenic beauty, a rich cultural heritage and an abundance of wildlife. This five day retreat with Pilates master, Katya Kinski, former Russian prima-ballerina, combines game drives, bush walks, meditation, journaling and group pilates classes. Katya’s knowledge of the human body is vast and Katya will give you individual feedback on how to keep YOUR body fit and healthy. Expect moments of silence and plenitude in the African wilderness, along with a lot of fun.
5 – Hike With Purpose in Morocco
There is something invigorating about putting one foot in front of the other, not knowing what you’ll discover along the way.
This active and varied trip through Morocco will take you on non-touristy hikes through the heart of the Atlas Mountains, stays in small villages with Moroccan Berbers, and volunteer work with a local NGO. You will explore Marrakech, visit Essaouira on the coast, and pass many small villages with authentic kasbahs and oases along the way. Welcome to the REAL Morocco!
6 – Go Plant-Based in The Maldives
Sometimes you need an escape from daily decision-making. Gili Lankanfushi have crafted your perfect stay with their Powered by Plants package. Spread across five days of environmentally friendly relaxation and rejuvenation, your days will begin with a private sunrise yoga class on the beach before joining a local marine biologist on a guided snorkeling session, learning about the island’s delicate ecosystems.
Executive Chef Hari will be in charge of your bespoke plant-based menus, made with care from the eco-resort’s very own organic garden.
7 – Hone Your Sailing Skills on the Aegean Sea
Vitamin Sea is a powerful thing. Set sail on the ultimate voyage through some of Greece’s most beautiful islands, specially curated for you by Transformational Travel Experience Guide, Maria Baltazzi.
Whether you’re in need of some time exploring the underwater world, sampling lovingly made food in a local taverna, or hiking across rugged landscapes, Maria will create a personalised itinerary based on how you want to grow your wonderful self.
8 – Set off on a Yoga Adventure in the Icelandic Mountains
The rugged mountains of Iceland are calling. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just getting started, this unique trip lovingly designed by Positive Impact Travel Champion, Jools Sampson, is exactly what you need to unwind. Led by Jean Hall, who teaches a soulful and deep dynamic, slow flow form of yoga, the trip will include daily yoga classes alongside a day exploring the geothermal wilderness of Myvatn and the option to hike, ride horses or go whale watching on the fjord. The talented retreat chef, Kim Parsons, will serve a menu of hearty plant-based meals using locally sourced produce. If you’re lucky, you’ll also witness the remarkable Northern Lights.
9 – Pair Yoga With Walking in Minnesota, USA
Minnesota is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, magnificent forests, beautiful prairieland and sparkling blue lakes dotted around the state. The Root River flows for 80 miles through southeastern Minnesota and is a tributary of the Upper Mississippi River. This three day trip with Andrew Boddicker and yoga instructor and wilderness guide, Michelle Wilson, will guide you through yoga practices and peaceful walking along the Root River Trail in southern Minnesota. Yoga and walking in the wilderness awakens and deepens our connection to ourselves, each other and nature.
10 – Embark on a Mountain Bike Safari in South Africa
An entirely new and exciting way to adventure through Greater Kruger National Park, this four-day professionally led mountain riding safari takes you into the wild African bush. (Under the cautious eye of an armed, mountain bike guide, of course!). The exclusive experience has been specifically designed to create an exhilarating and truly unique safari adventure, giving you the opportunity to explore Big Five terrain more intensely and enjoy the bush from an entirely new perspective. When you’re not on the bike, the daily programme also includes game drives, bush walks and lessons on bushcraft skills and survival techniques. You’ll never want to go on safari any other way after this.