It’s no secret that spending more time outdoors does wonders for your mental health. For decades, wellness experts, seasoned walkers and even doctors have claimed that green spaces are good for you – with scientific proof to back it up. Various studies have shown that people who spend more time surrounded by nature experience less stress, depression and anxiety, and more positive emotions as a result. So it’s no surprise that people are seeking more ways to incorporate the outdoors into their everyday lives. We’re not just talking about an extra midweek run or a longer Sunday cycle to clear the cobwebs, either. The need to nurture our mental wellbeing is spilling over into travel as holidaymakers are increasingly swapping wine-fuelled weeks in the sunshine for something a little more soul-cleansing.
According to data gathered by the Global Wellness Institute, ‘wellness tourism’ is the fastest-growing sector in travel. Worth over $600bn, it’s expanding at double the speed of overall tourism and is only expected to gain traction. Health-focused trips pack their itineraries with a mix of mindfulness, fitness and nourishing food, offering tourists a therapeutic way to switch off. Their aim? To make people feel renewed and refreshed, rather than frazzled, when they return home. Not only do they tap into the need for better mental and physical health by way of more exercise and less alcohol, but wellness breaks often take place in adventurous locations, meaning travellers get to satisfy their wanderlust while boosting their wellbeing, too.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Get Confident In The Mountains
Taking a Mountain Leader course isn’t just for those who want to do it for a living – if you enjoy exploring the mountains, you’ll feel more confident and safer if you undertake this training.
15 Ways To Be A Better Runner
Whether you’re hoping to run faster, further or simply increase your motivation, Christina Neal has these top tips on how to improve your running
PUTTING THE TRAINING HOURS IN
Are your training goals ambitious? How can you find time to work out when you have a busy job and a family, yet want to train hard and long? Personal trainer Jeff Archer has some advice on finding the right balance
SECRETS OF THE 100 MARATHON CLUB
Just how do the members of this small but high ly prestigious club, some of whom have run over 500 marathons, race 26.2 miles or more, week in, week out? Lisa Jackson finds out
HIKING HOLIDAYS TO BOOST MENTAL HEALTH
While hiking is a wonderful way to get fit, it is also noted for its benefits for mental wellbeing.
‘I CLIMBED MY WAY OUT OF DEPRESSION'
Thomas Palmer was suffering from anxiety and felt unable to leave the house. Then, he was inspired to climb multiple mountains despite having no previous climbing experience. He tells Christina Neal how he turned his life around…
DON'T BE A FAIR-WEATHER CYCLIST
British pro cyclist Alex Dowsett, a six-time national time trial champion and former hour world record holder, reveals how to stay motivated to keep cycling in winter.
You don’t have to go on a grand expedition to have fun on the run – here are quirky ways to rev up your running mojo that will add a dash of excitement to your training.
DARK SKY ADVENTURES
locations are areas where the sky at night is unaffected by light pollution from big cities, enabling us to have a much clearer view of the stars Angela Youngman explains where they are and how to combine viewing them with outdoor exercise
BRAVING THE WATER IN WINTER
We often associate surfing with summer, but many UK surfers happily do it all year round. With the right kit and a little winter sun, it’s an invigorating and fun activity, says Ruth Pocock
When Brits stay in the Italian Riviera on the PBS period drama Hotel Portofino, there's drama in every room
Less is more
When veteran model Eva Herzigová graced the runways in February, she found her mind focused far away. Eastward. “It was a bit surreal because of the situation in Ukraine.
Bella Poarch Broke TikTok
And now, with her upcoming EP, the 25-year-old pop star is going to show everybody why.
Bella's SURGERY SHOCKER
“I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors," admitted Bella.
Femmes des Fleurs
Bella von Einsiedel 2Series
We're With Her: Bella Heathcote
The Australian star of Netflix's highly bingeable Pieces of Her is handling Covid just fine, but would really prefer not to endure your lame Aussie accent.
US TEXTRON TO ACQUIRE SLOVENIAN ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT PIONEER
U.S. industrial conglomerate Textron Inc. has signed a deal to acquire Pipistrel, the Slovenian ultralight aircraft maker and pioneer in electrically powered aviation, both companies announced Thursday.
Pieces of Her
THE RELIABLE RECURVE
WHETHER IT’S TRUE TO THE DESIGN OR INSPIRED BY IT, THE KUKRI MAKES A GREAT ONE-BLADE OPTION.
TOM CRUISE'S NEW DATING CHECKLIST
AFTER being dumped by his leading lady Hayley Atwell, Tom Cruise is on the prowl and hunting for a Scientology cutie to call his own, sources say.