#MyFirst: Are Wellness Retreats the New Way to Vacation?

Between committing ourselves to attending too many holiday festivities to agreeing to host our slightly high-maintenance relatives, this time of year can be a bit hectic (and that's putting it mildly). With all of the inevitable chaos in store, it's important to find some time to relax and reset—especially with the New Year just around the corner. If you're starting to feel like the best way to escape the busy season is to literally escape town, know that we're right there with you. In fact, this year, we're taking relaxation to a whole new level by replacing our usual vacation plans with a wellness retreat—and we're bringing our Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch along for the adventure to keep track of our fitness progress during the getaway.

These organized vacations—which range from surf trips to yoga excursions—have become increasingly popular, but with so many options, it's difficult to know where to start. To give us a better insight into what to expect from one, we reached out to travel blogger extraordinaire Kat Tanita from With Love From Kat. Tanita is an expert on travel and even has a free app where she shares her favorite hotels, restaurants, and sites in cities all over the world. Luckily for us, she recently went on her first wellness retreat and is sharing all of the details about her trip—chief among them is her packing list, which includes her favorite Hybrid Smartwatch from Fossil. The customizable notifications setting allowed her to truly disconnect from her everyday life as much as possible.

Not quite sure if a wellness retreat is right for you (or even what a wellness retreat really is for that matter)? Ahead, Kat divulges on her first both in Costa Rica and on a wellness-focused trip, including all of her tips and tricks so you can go in prepared.

Convinced you need to plan a wellness retreat? Don't forget to buy a Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch so you'll be prepared for your trip.