Taking a holiday break is a great way to unwind, de-stress and open yourself up to new experiences. When things begin to get a bit overwhelming, we often get an itch to break away from the ordinary. Travelling is a powerful tool for health and wellbeing. It allows and encourages us to have new experiences, which can boost our emotional, psychological and spiritual being.

Let’s take a look at some of the world’s healthiest places you could visit this year!

Milford Sound, New Zealand
With luscious green pastures and mountains to spare it’s no wonder New Zealand’s most popular group activity is walking. The latest statistics show 64% of adults go ‘tramping’. How about planning a walking holiday to Milford Sound, which is also home to New Zealand’s largest waterfall in Fiordland National Park.

Vilcabamba, Ecuador
Pollution free air, surrounded by fast flowing fresh water rivers this remote southernmost province of Loja is the place to be. Through the foothills of the Andes, this hidden treasure is uniquely situated at the confluences of five river valleys. Whether you’re on a hike around the mountainous nature trails or doing a morning meditation accompanied by the sounds of running streams, Vilcabamba is a wonderful place for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Volcán’s “Shangri-La Valley”, Panama
This secluded getaway was made famous by the iconic catchphrase of the Star Track series, the standard Vulcan salute, “Live long and prosper.” Patrick Greer, owner of the Lost and Found eco-lodge, says few places rival Volcán for green-highland scenery and low-cost living. Surrounded by national parks, farmlands, dozens of walking trails and bustling wildlife this exotic place provides Panama with around 80% of its produce.

Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
With some of the longest living people in the world, the Nicoya Peninsula has spiked scientists’ interest for over a decade. They believe it comes down to eight simple factors: a healthy diet, plenty of calcium in the water, a strong focus on family, a dry climate where crops flourish and physical health is maintained, a small evening meal, building and maintain strong social networks, working in jobs that keep them physically and mentally fit all their lives and purpose. They feel a sense of necessity, love and contribution to the greater community. Sounds like a pretty incredible place to holiday don’t you think?

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