Sunday Herald Sun - Escape

Bring on the goodness times


January always marks the making of healthy resolution­s (arguably quickly broken), but this year the idea of wellness travel takes on a whole new meaning. How, then, to detox from 2020?

A few interestin­g trends of note stretch beyond the traditiona­l wellness retreat, which may not be everyone’s cup of herbal tea or budget. Active holidays for multi-generation­s are coming to the fore, such as cycling or hiking, as is the idea of healthy hibernatio­n – remote getaways where the scenery is great (whether the view is from a tent or a luxe lodge) and the Covid risk low. Immunity-boosting retreats will grow, and self-care while travelling will become the norm.

It will be interestin­g to see how airlines and airports adapt and cater for travellers’ increased need for well-being while on the move.

Staycation wellness packages (“spacations”) are growing, and as we can now work remotely, working holidays may become possible – we can travel for longer while tending to business.

As the possibilit­y of a New Zealand corridor looms, we’ve also listed our must-dos for 2021 across the Tasman in this week’s issue. It’s such a spectacula­r place, and ticks off all the “wellness” trends naturally – remote, pristine, fertile territory for active adventurer­s and a dose of healthy isolation is easy.

Equally, if your idea of “wellness” is visiting the 20-plus boutique breweries in Wellington, or savouring the sauvignon blanc and clam country that has been bestowed on the breathtaki­ngly beautiful Marlboroug­h Sounds, then good for you.

It would be wonderful to think we could be skiing in Queenstown by July, so let’s keep our collective fingers crossed. Meanwhile, enjoy this week’s issue and don’t forget that the best thing to do straight after a holiday is plan the next one.

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Lake Hayes in New Zealand’s Central Otago

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