This year I’ve been lucky enough to find myself on not one, but two, retreats abroad!
I think retreats seem to be getting more and more popular at the moment, which is exciting! I think they’re a great way to add in something a bit different into your holiday, and there are so many different types that there’s almost definitely something out there for everyone.
When you say the word retreat, it probably conjures up the idea of a trip to a luxury spa hotel or somewhere were you can totally relax – which I suppose is the original meaning of the word!
There are so many of these types of retreats available, from classic spa-type trips to detox or meditation retreats and yoga weeks. Great for people who find it hard to completely switch off on their own and need a dedicated weekend or week set aside to do it!
I first got thinking about the idea of going on a retreat when watching Zanna Van Dijk’s YouTube channel where she went to Thailand on a fitness retreat. It looked like loads of fun and it was something I’d never known existed before!
This is definitely something I’d love to try more of in the future as I think it’s a great way to meet likeminded people and get some accountability for your fitness goals. In September I visited the Salty Pelican in Portugal for a week long yoga and surf retreat which was fantastic! Granted I didn’t end up doing too much yoga, but I loved being around others who were so similar to me with the same surfing goals and passion for solo travel.
Food & Drink
On the opposite side of the spectrum to detox and fitness retreats perhaps, are the food & drink retreats! These could include tours around a country or region experiencing the local cuisine with knowledgeable guides, or just joining a week’s holiday with a focus on good wine and vineyard exploring! Yes, these things really exist.
I’d love to go on a retreat like this for a weekend or a couple of days; sometimes being in a dedicated environment that is purely just for letting your creative juices free is the best way to unblock your mind!
There are such things as writing retreats, painting retreats or even sewing retreats- so go get creating!
For me, finding a retreat that contains a mixture of different activities and focuses is really important. For example, back in May I went on a week long yoga and hiking holiday/retreat in Montenegro, which involved loads of exciting hiking trails & exploring the mountains by foot and kayaking, as well as daily yoga, a tour of local cuisine and plenty of relaxation with wine on the terrace. It really was the perfect mix!
Below are some great websites to explore and find retreats:
https://www.responsibletravel.com (this is where I found both of my holidays mentioned above!)