FROM THE EDITOR
When was the last time you went on a really lazy holiday? You know the type, where the sum total of your day’s ‘activity’ is moving from pool lounger to bar? I bet it was a while ago. Gone are the days of the traditional ‘fly-and -flop’ – sure, we’re still looking for cocktail and pool time on our holiday, but these days we also expect a side of wellness, too, if you don’t mind.
And it’s not just the classic retreats that are putting health highs at the heart of their holiday offerings – entire destinations are now tapping into the popularity of good-for-you pursuits, so much so that the wellness tourism industry is currently worth a whopping $700 billion globally.
Our cover story on page 12 takes a look at some of the latest destinations around the world putting wellness at the fore. From cycling in Bhutan and watersports in Japan to healthy gourmet tours in NZ and meditation in Arizona, there’s something for all.
Elsewhere in this issue we look at the latest research around the medical potential of various illicit drugs. With marijuana oil now a legal treatment for some conditions, scientists are investigating the medicinal capacity of other so- called ‘hard’ drugs (ecstasy, for example, has shown promise in treating PTSD). While more research is needed and legalisation remains a long way off, our report on page 4 still makes for fascinating reading. Have a great week!