Studies show that a yearly vacation is invaluable for health, with benefits varying from lower stress levels to cardiovascular improvements. Adding to these benefits, many travelers are now combining traditional vacations with wellness-geared getaways.

A panel of experts at the annual International Travel Mart in Cannes, France, predicted that, by 2040, 90 percent of luxury tourism will include some aspect of health and wellness.

The global market size of the wellness tourism industry is growing rapidly — faster than travel in general. Much of this growth can be attributed to the maturation of the baby boomer generation, which is more health-conscious than preceding generations. These travelers look for a vacation that integrates their daily healthful routine with traditional aspects of travel. But it’s not just baby boomers who are looking to travel in good health — the active family travel market is burgeoning and is expected to continue to grow as well.

So, what is wellness travel? The trend covers all aspects of health, including nutritious menu options, spa offerings and fitness activities. Across the globe, tourism professionals are responding to growing demands by introducing whole food, vegetarian and vegan menus, spa packages and active excursions. Hiking, cycling, paddle boarding and kayaking continue to gain popularity.

Fitness entrepreneur, Marlon Forde who runs a hugely successful personal training company in London, saw the opportunity to combine health and destination travel to his clients and last year launched MLFitness Travel. He was overwhelmed with the success of the trip and is doing it all over again next year in Barbados.



Packages for MLFitness Travel 2017 include flights, transfers, accommodation, selected Island activities, private villa chef and selected meals. But remember it is a fitness holiday and the focus will be to take part in a wide range of health activities, these include:

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Daily work outs will never be the same after you experienced Sunrise and Sunset workouts. Classes vary from Beach Cardio, Suspension Training, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, all against the backdrop of the most beautiful beaches that the island has to offer.



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There will be opportunities to enjoy a variety of water and beach sports such as jet skis, paddle boards, inflatables, glass bottom boats, water-skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, body boards, beach paddle tennis and beach volleyball. All water and beach sports will have professional instructors.



After all the activities, there will also be ample opportunity to enjoy the delicious cuisine on the island including one Barbados’s hottest attractions, the delicious fish fry provided at Oistens and St Martin’s bay. Barbados is renowned for its incredible nightlife and culture scene, and the holiday wouldn’t be complete without letting your hair down to the music, great people and best in Bajan rum punch.

Spa treatments ranging from massages, manicures, pedicures and facials are also available to book and enjoy.

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