8 Vacations That Will Make You a Happier and Healthier Person

For many, planning a vacation is somewhat formulaic. Usually, it involves jetting off to a distant place to mentally switch off and escape reality, but an emerging wellness and travel trend suggests that's all about to change. 

Rather than escape the world by checking into an all-inclusive resort, travel experts declare 2017 is the year of transformative travel. "It has similar elements of experiential travel, but taken a step further," Vogue explains. "It's travel-motivated and defined by a shift in perspective, self-reflection and development, and a deeper communion with nature and culture."

The aim isn't merely to disconnect. Quite the opposite: It's to connect with a more authentic version of yourself. "Simply bringing mindfulness and intentionality to any travel experience, taking the time to be in nature, connecting with locals, and engaging in meaningful conversations about life all sets the stage for a truly life-changing adventure," Michael Bennett, co-founder of The Transformative Travel Collaborative, tells MyDomaine. 

To revolt against our fast-paced, plugged-in way of life, Bennet says an increasing number of working professionals are seeking out a vacation that promises more than just a five-star pool. The benefit, he says, goes beyond a good tan. Travelers return with "a deeper understanding of both self and others that inspires and empowers them to make real changes in their life—not only to benefit them but the community as a whole."

Intrigued? Choose a focus—nature, community, spirituality, or well-being—and let us plan an adventure that'll change the way you view the world. 


Track Wildlife in South Africa


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The Purpose: Forget the restless rhythm and artificial lights of a big city—this South African adventure by Global Vision International will remind you what's really important by immersing yourself in the wilderness. 

The Adventure: Learn to track animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, and rhinos at a private Big Five game reserve during this two-week trip. Unlike a tourist on safari, you'll play an active role in conservation and explore breathtaking attractions like Blyde River Canyon with other volunteers. 

Ready to pack your bags? Don't leave home without this checklist.