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Top 6 Healthy Vacations To Take In 2019! (+Travel Guide)

Written by Shelby Torrese

Looking for the best healthy vacation spots to visit this summer? Check out our list of favorites, what to do, where to stay, and what to eat throughout your stay!

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Everyone dreads the transition from a vacation back to reality. And far too often it feels like you need ANOTHER vacation just to recover from the last.  This time, a healthy one where you perhaps prioritize workouts, healthy meals, and a regular sleep schedule. 😂 Luckily, these days, there are plenty of options for healthy vacations that combine health and wellness without sacrificing all the fun!  

Today I’m going to share some of our SkinnyFit healthy vacay faves as well as what to eat, where to stay, and what to check out while you’re there! Some of these feel-good gems are recognized for their awesome locations that offer plenty of activities and fresh air. Some made the list because of A+ weather that’s the ultimate uplifter. And some offer plenty of healthy shops and food options. 

So sit back and relax, and we’ll give you the skinny on the most healthful vacations to consider this year! 

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Why More People Are Opting For Healthy Vacations

Healthy living and mindful travel are becoming more and more popular, replacing all-inclusive, open-bar getaways with AM yoga sessions, hydrating mocktails, and flexible eating options. The growing emphasis on wellness has led to an increase in healthy vacation destinations, and for good reason.

One study published in Translational Psychiatry showed that vacations without a mindfulness aspect to them provided little to no long-term benefit or satisfaction, whereas a wellness retreat or vacation that incorporated mindfulness elements provided long-lasting benefits that were felt for as long as 10 months post vacation. The same study suggested that the group of mindful travelers showed positive changes in both inflammation and energy metabolism. It’s no sham, healthy travel has its perks!

Healthiest travel destinations


Top Healthy Vacation Destinations In The U.S.

So now that we know the benefits of a healthy vacation are for real, let’s dive into some favorite destinations for a fun and health-centric getaway. 

The Foodie’s Healthy Getaway – Austin, TX

Known for extraordinary and delicious food, Austin offers more than the expected Texas-famous BBQ and fried foods. Surprisingly, there is no shortage of dining options with gluten-, dairy-, and sugar-free items in this Lone Star city. Austin is surrounded by parks, lakes, trails, and over 100 yoga studios, offering plenty of ways to work off yummy meals and get moving year-round.

Austin Texas city skyline

The Off The Grid Getaway – Joshua Tree, CA

This desert getaway is perfect for a healthy dose of unplugging. Joshua Tree is a dreamy landscape where you will certainly want to snap some pics but the rolling hills and heavenly sounds of nature will keep your head up more than down. This healthy travel spot is great for anyone looking to get off the grid and into nature.

The Sun-Kissed Getaway – North Shore of Oahu, HI

Are you even surprised Hawaii made the list? Oahu is totally zen and picturesque, and all about physical and mental wellness-—making it a no-brainer when it comes to healthy vacation destinations.

North Shore Oahu, Hawaii


Healthy Travel Outside Of The U.S. (Healthiest Cities To Visit)

If you have the opportunity for some international travel, check out these top healthiest cities to visit around the world!

The Awakening Getaway – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali offers a rare tranquility, beauty, and, welcomeness that we absolutely love. Plus, most of the locals speak English and are happy to befriend with tourists from around the world. It’s no wonder this healthy vacation destination is at the top of the list!

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Healthy travel destination

The Minimalist Getaway – Kyoto, Japan

When it comes to healthy vacations, you better believe Japan is on the list. A culture of grace, manners, and cleanliness, the Japanese culture is one of divinities. Every little detail of their livelihood is rooted in purpose and efficiency.

Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Best healthy travel destinations

The Cyclist Fanatic’s Getaway – Amsterdam, Netherlands

One of the most bike-friendly places in the world, it’s no wonder Amsterdam made the healthy vacation checklist. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands. Healthiest cities to travel to


Tips For Healthy Travel

Where you choose to travel isn’t the only factor that contributes to a healthy vacation. As you’re probably aware, some of the biggest buzzkills that hinder your health and fitness goals while you’re on vacation are not having a plan, overindulging on unhealthy foods and drinks, and falling prey to sedentary activities. To be fair… we are ALL for the occasional nap by the pool—it just isn’t the most ideal activity if you’re looking to stay active while on vacation. With that said, here are our top recommendations and resources to help you stay on track on your vacation:

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The Bottom Line On Healthy Vacations

Travel is meant to be an enjoyable experience. It’s a time for decompressing, taking things slowly, and never feeling under- or overdressed. Healthy travel experiences should be no different. The next time someone invites you on a vacay, or you plan one for yourself, be sure to include at least one daily activity or meal that leaves you feeling great. Whether it’s a meditation practice, an exercise class, or a well-balanced meal, make your next vacation one that will leave you satisfied long after you return to the comfort of your own bed.

how to have a healthy vacation

About The Author

Shelby Torrese

Nutrition, Movement & Meditation Coach

Shelby Torrese is a wellness enthusiast (and matcha fanatic!) from Miami, FL. She attributes her love of movement to her mom, a personal trainer, and her love of food to her dad, a farmer. She studied creative writing in college while getting her yoga certification, and went on to pursue fitness and nutrition in grad school. Her go-to advice is, “Balance,” and she is a firm believer that the ocean can cure just about everything.

  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
  • NASM Certified Nutrition Coach
  • M.S. in Human Performance


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