Usually going on vacation doesn’t take much persuasion for most people and to be fair, it was quite easy coming up with reasons for this blog post. I mean, a healthy-active-girls-getaway? I’d say yes anyday. But I can understand if some people need a little push in the right direction, especially if they are going by themselves and maybe for the first time.
1. It is a motivational boost.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with spending your vacation on a sun bed with a book and never ending gin tonics (I have done that a lot!), it is commonly known that physical activity is good for you. So to me, spending a whole week with activities every day and getting served healthy food, gave me motivation to continue with more activity and a healthier lifestyle, once I got back home. We all have a ton of excuses as of why we simply cannot squeeze in the workouts in our everyday lives. But the truth is, our body is the home of our soul and because of that, we should take very good care of it. Just like we do in our actual houses! So why not try a retreat to kickstart a healthier lifestyle or as a reward to yourself for working hard this year? I bet you deserve it.
Meeting new people is one of my top ten things in the world. It is refreshing to meet new people once in a while and there is always something new to learn. And since you are on the same kind of retreat, you might meet likeminded people with common interests or you will discover new things to do, places to see or hobbies you might want to try and take up? So even though you do not know anyone, this is all the more reason to go. I find that when on your own, you tend to be more open and can easierly make contact with others.
3. You might get a new friend
Speaking from personal experience, new friendships are often made from traveling. As you tend to meet people with the same interest as you or even people you normally wouldn’t meet and you connect over the experiences you have together. Having extraordinary, fun or even weird experiences with other people creates a foundation of friendship, and usually from traveling.. the kind that lasts.
Maybe you are a true yogini, but a rookie on a SUP board? Maybe you are a little scared of going into the deep blue, where the bottom of the ocean is no longer visible? Maybe you just discovered yourself a new hobby, you want to take up when you come home – because you liked the wind in your hair and the slightly sore muscles after a sunny session on the board? Or maybe you go on a yoga retreat with vegan food and swore you could never go vegan, but all of the sudden, you actually find an interest in vegan cooking and want to take it up when you come home? I hope I am making my point here. You don’t have to be really good at the activities on the retreat, you might as well go to see if any of the activities could be someting for you!
5. Learn a new skill or get better at one
In addtion to the above reason where you discover a new hobby, this one is about learning a new skill or getting better at one. I bet you, if you practice a yoga headstand everyday, because you simply just wanna know how to, or if you get on the SUP board every morning after breakfast for a week, you will have learned a new skill by the time the week has ended. Repetition is the way to go when you want to learn a new skill and a retreat specifically designed for learning that skill is the perfect way to go, as most of us find it hard to get up 30 minutes earlier every day to practice until we got that skill covered.
Getting out of your comfort zone every once in a while is healthy and good for you. We all tend to stick to our habits and routines. We all know how bad a day can get if we don’t follow our morning routine right? Anyway, we tend to wanna spend our vacations inside our comfort zone too, but the thing is.. you do not grow inside your comfort zone! You grow when you step outside of it. That doesn’t mean you have to take a gigant step and go bungy jumping – you can go small and still grow. E.g. Develop your conversation skills by spending time with new people or strengthen the belief in your own bravery by going into open water on a SUP board. When getting outside of your comfort zone you will also achieve knowledge about yourself, your needs and want you like to do or would like to do more of.
7. Connect with your friend or relative
Going on a retreat with your mom, your sister, another relative or best friend is a great time to spend quality time together and at the same time try new things together. You will create memories to last a life time and that is just priceless.
Completely! Breakfast and dinner is being made and served for you every day, and as it is included in the retreat, you don’t even have to take out you wallet. I know a lot of men and women to whom that’s one of the most important things when going on vacation – not having to cook for an entire week. You start the day early every morning with a yoga session and waking the body slowly getting it ready for a day doing exactly want you want to do. Read books all afternoon, take a nap in the shade on the beach or take an early morning dip in the ocean. Spending several days taking care of your body and mind like this is a privilege and you should take the chance when ever you can, because that’s what life is about.
Thanks so much for reading! Feel free to leave a comment if you have any experiences with retreats or simply just to say hi 🙂