This week I am thrilled to welcome back the lovely Emma Richings of Travel Counsellors as my guest blogger. Emma has written for me in the past, when she explored tips for a stress free holiday. This time around she is giving her advice on a wonderful range of fab holidays that in themselves promote wellness – (do make sure you read to the end for the opportunity to win Emma’s fab GIVEWAY…)


It’s no wonder with the stresses of modern day living that the demand for wellness holidays is on the increase. A wellness break can address multiple issues. Aside of stress it can assist with sleep, dealing with hormonal imbalances, diet and exercise. Whether you’re facing emotional or physical challenges it allows for healing away from the daily demands of your busy life.


Furthermore, connecting with people is key to our mental health. A holiday allows time to reconnect with loved ones, friends and family. It also allows an opportunity to meet new people and build relationships.


Wellness holidays can take many different guises and encompass various options. The number of destinations to offer this type of holiday has grown exponentially, so there are now options available throughout the world.


Taking responsibility for your health is one of the best investments we can make in ourselves, so what are you waiting for?



Perhaps the most well-known type of wellness holiday, a yoga retreat allows you to explore the spiritual side linked to meditation. Combining a healthy diet, along with yoga and meditation and perhaps treatments in the spa, allows you to relax and restore calm to your body and mind. Whether you would like to try yoga for the first time or you have been practising for years, there’s an option for you. Choose a luxury spa hotel with yoga programmes or a specific yoga retreat there are so many options around the world.




Spending time in green spaces is great for mental wellbeing. These areas are becoming less and less accessible, especially to those living in cities. Being in nature improves creativity and problem solving. It can help with depression and reduce anxiety. So what better way than getting back to nature and embracing the great outdoors. There’s some fantastic scenery to explore in Europe. Whether you’re looking for gentle strolls, exhilarating hikes or perhaps cycling there are lots of options available. Or closer to home, how about a specially designed holiday visiting gardens?








We probably all know that exercise helps with concentration, memory, learning and creativity. Physical activity releases endorphins which helps boost our mood. However all too often it’s difficult to incorporate in to our daily routine. More and more people no longer want to fly and flop, but wish to include something active in their holiday. From transformative retreats that include personal training sessions and energising outdoor activities, along with a bespoke nutrition plan to holidays including sports on land and in the water or perhaps just a hotel that offers a state of the art gym it’s really possible to travel to most places and be active. If you can drag yourself away from the sunbed and cocktails of course!



It’s positive for your well-being to do something that makes you feel good. You may not have time to dedicate to this in everyday life, so a holiday dedicated to your passion is fantastic for your wellness. Learning a new skill can offer a sense of achievement and sometimes confidence too. You might not have found the thing you enjoy yet, so it’s a great opportunity to dedicate some time to trying. There are a range of holidays available dedicated to special interest such as art, cookery, photography, golf and music to name a few.



Win a £100 voucher to use against your next wellness holiday (T&C’s apply)…


All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is subscribe to my mailing list to receive information regarding news and offers. Email emma.richings@travelcounsellors.com with your full name, email address and phone number. The winner will be chosen at random and notified 31 May 2019. Do click on the video below to hear Emma tell you a little more about this…





This week I am thrilled to welcome Emma Richings of Travel counsellors as my guest blogger! Emma is here to suggest some tips on how to avoid stress on holiday…

Part of wellbeing at work is ensuring you use your #holiday entitlement to get away from the office, relax and switch off. The best way to do this is by going away on holiday, yet some can find this a daunting prospect. Here are my top tips for a stress-free holiday!

  1. Book Early

To secure the best deals and choice of flights and accommodation it is best to book early. Not only will you feel relieved when your holiday is booked (one less thing on the to-do list!), but research has shown that the anticipation of a holiday has the most positive effect on #wellbeing, so you have plenty of time to reap the rewards!

  1. Be Prepared

Ensure you check passports well in advance of your departure to avoid any stressful last-minute situations.

Check with your GP what immunisations may be required for your destination allowing plenty of time as some need to be given many weeks prior to travel.

Purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your holiday and ensure it is adequate for your needs. Many people leave this until the last minute but if something happened to prevent you from travelling and you hadn’t taken out travel insurance you wouldn’t be covered.

If you’re travelling within Europe, ensure you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which could save you money in the event of ill health.

Pre-book airline seats to ensure you sit together. You can be secure in the knowledge your family will be together rather than running the risk and fear of being separated.

Check in on-line for your flight and complete your API information prior to arriving at the airport.

  1. Ease the Airport Experience

If you’re using public transport to get to the airport, allow plenty of time. If you’re driving, consider Meet and Greet parking. You’ll drive directly to the airport rather than an off-site car park where you must get a bus and the car will be waiting for you on your return saving time and hassle. If you book early, there is hardly any difference in price compared to the standard airport parking. Do make sure you use a reputable company though!

You don’t have to fly First Class to get priority access through the airport. At some airports you can FastTrack through security and passport control for a small fee. Many airlines, ferry operators and Eurotunnel also provide priority boarding for a charge, but it can be money well spent.

Why not start your holiday as you mean to go on? Airport lounges are not just for the privileged flying First Class. There are pre-bookable lounges available, most offering complimentary food, drinks, wi-fi and newspapers. The cost is not much more than if you were to sit down for a meal at an airport restaurant and it becomes exceptional value for money, if for example you were to experience a flight delay!


  1. Keep the Kids Entertained

If the kids are happy, the parents are happy too, right? By keeping children entertained, you’re more likely to get some quiet time.

No doubt the kids’ requirements will be top of the list of priorities when searching for a holiday, but look for accommodation with kid’s pools, play areas, children’s clubs etc. Also, if you want to make the most of your holiday opt for a room with separate bedrooms and a living area so you can stay up once the kids are in bed.

Travelling with young children does not necessarily go hand in hand with a stress-free experience, but there are ways to minimise the pain! Prepare for hunger and boredom by packing toys, entertainment devices, snacks etc. Explain what will happen on their journey so they know what to expect. For adults to cope it might be worth having some mindfulness practices to hand!

  1. Pre-book to Avoid Disappointment

If you’ve planned a trip around a certain event, would like to dine in a gourmet restaurant or have a day trip you just don’t want to miss, pre-booking is the answer. Not only will this avoid disappointment, but often there will be early bird prices available for attractions and you may be able to skip the queues as well. Having a plan for your holiday will also allow you more time to relax once you’re there. 

  1. Book through a Travel Agent

Using the expertise of a travel professional will not only save you time and hassle, but they have the knowledge about the destinations, how to source the best deals etc. This doesn’t mean you have to settle for a mass market package holiday, companies such as Travel Counsellors will tailor make a holiday that’s personalised for you. They will also provide you with financial protection. If something goes wrong, they will sort this for you, something that you do not get if you package things together yourself online. Many also offer a 24/7 duty office, so in the event of an emergency there will always be someone available to help. Furthermore, they may be able to assist with all the aforementioned points, so you can forget about everything and just focus on going away to enjoy yourself and relax!



About Emma: I’ve been a travel professional for 20 years and would go as far as to say that travel is in my blood! I’ve worked overseas as a Holiday Rep, in Reservations and in Product & Purchasing where I hand selected hotels and tours for UK Tour Operators and negotiated the contract rates and special offers. I’ve dealt with Worldwide destinations and have visited approximately 50 countries. My highlights have been touring SE Asia and a safari and self-drive in South Africa. Closer to home my favourites are Italy and Croatia. I now have my own business which is a Travel Counsellors franchise, so clients benefit from my knowledge, impartial advice and 100% financial protection. I offer a personal, tailormade service to take care of all your travel needs, saving you time, hassle and stress!


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