Upgrade your routine with these wellness rituals from around the world, perfect for family travelers.
Bali: Purification Water Ritual
Known as melukat, the Balinese spiritual ritual at Tirta Empul asks participants to rinse under holy spring waters, cascading through a series of waterspouts. Participants leave feeling cleansed physically and spiritually.
Central America: Cacao Ceremony
This ritual utilizes the stimulating effects of cacao using ceremonial-grade cacao, fire and songs for a connection with the participant and nature.
Hawai’i: Lomi Lomi Massage
The spiritual and energetic aspects of this ancient massage technique feature long, rhythmic strokes to realign muscles and joints, improve circulation and soothe the nervous system.
Rooted in Indian tradition, the alternative medicine treatment focuses on healing and addresses the individual’s balance through a variety of physical treatments and herbal remedies.
Japan: Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)
The term shinrin-yoku was coined in the 1980s. The mindfulness practice encourages participants to focus on what they hear, smell, feel and see in forest surroundings. Shinrin-yoku can be practiced in any wooded outdoor setting.
A temazcal, or sweat lodge, has been a Mexican tradition for thousands of years. The specifics of the ritual may vary by location, but typically include a shaman leading the ceremony with herbs and prayers from an igloo-like structure, heated by hot rocks. The ceremony intends to clear the mind and detoxify the body.
New York: Breathwork
With ties to yoga breathing practices, modern breathwork techniques focus on improving physical and mental wellbeing. Guided sessions work best for beginners.
Turkish steam baths serve as a place to both relax and socialize. Hammams typically offer massage and exfoliation treatments in a public setting.
There’s no reason to shiver your way through the holidays this month. Family travelers can escape to Mexico for the season with family-friendly Christmas offerings at Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and beyond.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
As family travelers get ready for the holiday and gift-giving season, this thrilling and unique offer from SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain Resort should be on all travelers’ radar. The new SkyBridge Michigan Flex Ticket is the perfect experience-style gift for your adventure-loving loved one.
The end of the year is a great time to plan family travels — kids have time off and the holiday season is the perfect time for bonding and making memories. But while there are plenty of destinations known for big New Year’s Eve parties, it can be tough to find just the right spot for a family-friendly trip to celebrate this annual milestone. This year, Door County in Northern Wisconsin offers the perfect solution.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a colorful, festive time filled with holiday spirit, a perfect choice for a couples’ getaway to shop without the whole family in tow. It’s worth traveling to this historic seacoast city to be part of the weeks full of twinkling lights, decorated shops and streets, holiday music, theater and merriment, all of which led Portsmouth to be called the Christmas Capital of North America.