FIND A BALANCE
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.
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.
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.
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.