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Meaningful Travel Trends for 2017

Flying and flopping is out. In 2017 the flashpacker's aim will be to return mentally keen, physically lean - and unrecognisably serene. Read more here on how and what you should be tapping into when it comes to the latest travel desires and aspirations.

Barry’s Bootcamp Costa Rica

On the pacific coast of Costa Rica lies a chic surf town called Nosara, with miles of unspoiled coastline, a sparse population and cute shacks for juice and food. This is a 7 night retreat at a sustainable, eco-chic hotel, where the spa is open air, and the massage rooms all open out onto a soothing water pool. The hotel is located 10 minutes away from the beach, the beach itself is rugged and wild. Nosara has a large expat community and is one of 5 blue zones in the world where people are known to lead happier lives, the community thrives on yoga and healthy living, it will be hard to leave when the retreat is over! This is an intense week, run by two of Barry's Bootcamp's top trainers, expect high intensity and novices should stay clear. When you're not training you can paddle board to mangroves or secret coves, horse ride or observe the plethora of tropical wildlife that you will come across. Included is 10 fitness classes and 3 organic meals daily.

Glaciers and Yoga - Iceland

A vibrant city surrounded by natural wonder, Reykjavik in the summertime gives you 13 hours of daylight to explore geothermal active valleys, national parks and gigantic waterfalls. This yoga holiday is one of Eat.Pray.Move's most magical translation of nature meets human. Tickling your spiritual side is the alchemy, that will draw you to the omnipresent energy in Iceland. You'll be based in the middle of the city at Hotel Reykjavik Natura, complete with a Sóley spa, inspired by the natural gifts bestowed on Iceland. The rooms are Scandinavian inspired, with everything you need a hop, skip away. Daily yoga classes with Mindful Movement leader Jen Carter, are used in various forms from gentle restorative to more vigorous styles. Small group size of no more than 12, means personalised attention and tailoring the class to the group's ability and desire. Includes all yoga and meditation.

A Mindful Journey - Vietman

Combining wellness travel with cultural discovery, this holiday explores four distinct regions of Northern Vietnam. The craziness of Hanoi, where crossing the street feels like an achievement worth celebrating. Bai Tu Long bay, wilder and lesser known than Halong bay. Ninh Binh that sits on the red river delta and Mai Chau surrounded by rice paddy fields where the local villagers favourite pastime is karaoke. This 13 day trip helps those who want to expand their soul, body and spirit. Activities on this trip include walking, kayaking, street food tour by a local blogger, learning local wellness customs, full moon celebrations, meditation and giving back to the local community. The boutique hotels are handpicked and harvest local relationships to give back to the community, giving participants an incredibly authentic experience.

Breathing Space Retreat - UK

Alan Dolan is bringing his second ever UK Breathing Space Retreat to Somerset in 2017. The four day experience offers a detox for every level of your being. Discover Conscious Breathing at an intensive, cathartic and life-changing retreat, where removing yourself from the demands of everyday life multiplies the results of breathwork exponentially.

This four day experience offers a detox for every level of your being. Discover Conscious Breathing at an intensive, cathartic and life-changing retreat, where removing yourself from the demands of everyday life multiplies the results of breathwork exponentially. It will be a powerful and intensive four days in which to relax, regenerate and refill; to liberate and clear physical, emotional and energetic systems, and enter into fully embodied consciousness.

“It’s Alan Dolan’s breathwork workshop that has enticed me to 42 Acres; I’ve read rave testimonials by actors such as Naomie Harris, sportspeople like Paul Sampson, and mindfulness gurus like Jody Shield. Within wellness circles, ‘conscious breathing’ is garnering serious buzz, presented as a virtually idiot-proof mindfulness technique with the potential to banish anxiety, restore clarity and process deep-seated issues. I love yoga but have always been too restless for most meditation techniques. Yet under Dolan’s expert tutelage, I master this yawningly open-mouthed belly-breathing technique and finally “get” mindfulness; I emerge from each session feeling stress-free, with flashes of insight. Dolan normally runs sell-out courses at his own retreat centre in Lanzarote, so this is a rare (more affordable) opportunity in the UK.”

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