After two years of restrictions, boredom, despair, dread, uncertainty and vision killing isolation, social animals like us can only crave one thing - Freedom. To live the way WE WANT TO! And travel therapy is the best way to leave the past behind and pave the way for something new.
Due to the shift in the perspectives and needs, the way we travel has also transformed. What used to be family or leisure trips - adventures defined in advance to be consumed - have increasingly turned into experiential trips. With experience and memories taking centre stage, the urge to focus on the present - here and now and explore oneself has become more meaningful. Travel is becoming more of a process of individual self-realisation.
Self-care, mental therapy and exploration are the woke terms. And this time around travellers and vacation seekers are not just touring the globe to have fun but to experience and improve their holistic wellbeing. Maybe it's a fad but here's a new travel term you should know - Zenventure. Zenventure stands for an optimal balance of adventure and relaxation involving four main aesthetic and holistic experiences; quest and adventure, leisure and mindfulness, design and luxury, and culinary and indulgence.
Imagine holidays that offer a new perspective, help learn a new skill, meet new people, share ideas, and abreast pick activities like trekking, snorkelling, kayaking and snowboarding. Wouldn't that fill your body and soul with vitality? That's the root concept of Zenventure! It's all about creating beautiful memories with mindful activities and experiences.
Why is it trending?
According to a survey conducted by a travel booking website, self-care will be the prime reason for travellers to go on a vacation in 2022 and in the future. The past two years have got the whole world thinking about sustainability.
Pandemic made us realise two things:
1. We should practise a healthy lifestyle
2. Nothing is certain.
Therefore, we want to continue practising a healthy lifestyle but also have a fun-filled life. So, travellers and tourists want to travel to destinations that nourish their bodies and soul through mindful activities.
Top destinations for Zenventure and what do they offer?
Travel means different things for different people. Consequently, the destinations might differ. However, there are a few places that are picked specifically for Zenventure. For instance, Botswana for wild safaris; New Zealand for skydiving, and campervan road trips; Maldives or Mauritius for watersports and beach life; Thailand for Ziplining and jungle trekking. These destinations and experiences push travellers to step out of their comfort zone, consequently switching off the past worries and anxiety. Thus, helping travellers and tourists enjoy and cherish the present with joyous experiences.
You don't have to travel across the world for Zenventure, India has it all. From yoga retreats, healing therapies and massages in Kerala to trekking in Manali, Sikkim and Ladakh; From Rishikesh for white water rafting and bungee jumping to Kanha, Ranthambore and Tadoba Gir for wildlife safaris. India is a land of zen philosophy, and there is no better place to start.
Many luxury tour operators around the world and in India have launched zen adventure-focused properties for travellers and tourists who wish to continue their healthy lifestyle abreast, explore, relax, and have fun.