FIND A BAL­ANCE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - SU­SAN BUGG

Hol­i­days aren’t all about in­dul­gence. Ex­pe­ri­ences that al­low trav­ellers to slow down, dis­con­nect and re­plen­ish work-weary minds and bod­ies are ris­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. Point­ing to the Global Well­ness In­sti­tute fig­ures show­ing the well­ness in­dus­try is now worth $US3.7 tril­lion ($5.2 tril­lion) glob­ally, travel com­pany G Ad­ven­tures has launched a slow­er­paced “Well­ness” col­lec­tion of tours to 10 des­ti­na­tions – each cho­sen for its well­ness aspects – aimed at help­ing trav­ellers re­con­nect with the world and them­selves. Des­ti­na­tions in­clude Nepal, Costa Rica, Ice­land, Patagonia, Tus­cany and Peru, with trips rang­ing from seven to 13 days.

Healthy lo­cal food and yoga are a big part of the pro­gram, and trav­ellers will par­tic­i­pate in lo­cal rit­u­als such as a pu­rifi­ca­tion bath in Bali, a prayer cer­e­mony with monks in Nepal and an ashram stay in In­dia.

The trips are suit­able for all ages and abil­i­ties.

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FARMSTAY WITH AD­VEN­TURER

Now, if you’re look­ing for some­thing else that’s a bit dif­fer­ent, World Ex­pe­di­tions has launched an off-the­grid ex­pe­ri­ence in western Vic­to­ria with one of Aus­tralia’s great­est ad­ven­tur­ers, Jon Muir. Jon and wife Suzy are host­ing five-day farm­stays where guests will not only hear about Jon’s ad­ven­tures to the North and South poles and be­yond, but they can learn about or­ganic farm­ing and sus­tain­able liv­ing in work­shops.

Co­in­cid­ing with har­vest, the March 16 and Novem­ber 2 de­par­tures next year are priced from $2390 a per­son, with meals and four nights’ camp­ing/rus­tic stays. Jon is also launch­ing a na­tional speak­ing tour start­ing with Syd­ney on Novem­ber 7.

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WILDER­NESS EX­TRAS

In Tas­ma­nia, ad­ven­tur­ers can now com­bine a trip on the West Coast Wilder­ness Rail­way with other ex­pe­ri­ences in the re­gion. Add-ons to the rail trip – which con­nects Queen­stown and Stra­han on the West Coast – in­clude a he­li­copter tour over moun­tains, a tour of Lake Mar­garet Hy­dro Power Sta­tion and aban­doned her­itage vil­lage, or King River raft­ing.

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UK EN­TRY FAST-TRACK

Brexit will have a time­sav­ing ben­e­fit for Aussies trav­el­ling to the UK. The UK Gov­ern­ment says Aus­tralian ar­rivals with elec­tron­i­cally en­abled pass­ports will be able to fast-track through im­mi­gra­tion by us­ing the e-pass­port gates at air­ports such as Heathrow from next year. Emi­rates, with 15 years’ fly­ing from Bris­bane this week, says Heathrow has been the top des­ti­na­tion for Bris­bane pas­sen­gers, af­ter Rome, Sin­ga­pore, Paris and Manch­ester.

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