There’s a myriad of possibilities, places, experiences and things that we plan to do or see or be when we start a new year and many of them often fall off the list as we start to realise how quick time flies and wonder how we can fit them into one short space of 12 months!
But this New Year I challenge you to make a realistic goal that you will fulfil. One that will give you an experience that you will never forget, that will take you out of your comfort zone and into a different country or better yet give you an experience that absolutely blows your mind and changes your perspective on life and the way you want to live it.
Book an overseas yoga retreat!
There are hundreds if not thousands to choose from, some more ‘serious’ some more playful and many that give you the opportunity to travel to a faraway land that you have never been to before in order to explore, relax and experience everything there on offer.
With a wave of ‘new age’ retreats popping up worldwide taking you to exotic destinations like Croatia, Maldives, Fiji, Hawaii and Costa Rica the ‘active’ holiday, combining yoga, water sports, fitness activities and more, is the newest retreat to add to your bucket list. These retreats/escapes/ holidays / experiences provide options for people who don’t necessarily consider themselves yogi’s but who simply enjoy the practice every now and then or want to try something new as part of their allocated leave they get each year. These escapes provide options for those of us who simply want to be healthy and get outdoors whilst experiencing the benefits of travelling to another country.
Booking a yoga retreat may seem a stretch as they’re not necessarily cheap (unless you’re happy with a 2* shared room in Bali or India) but let me tell you, from experience, they are worth every single cent (or penny if you’re in the UK).
The idea of escaping every day life with a group of like minded people who all want to a) learn something new, both about themselves and perhaps also yoga/ fitness/ the country or place their travelling to and b) spending a week being led around by a qualified instructor (or two) who has visited the location and has put together their ideal experience for you definitely is number one on my list. The stress of researching and booking and hoping that everything will look as it says online is definitely decreased by being able to simply arrive to a place that is tried and tested and have everything taken care of including transfers, accommodation, food as well as the space and time to move, relax, and explore on your own terms (or maybe with a friend).
With air travel becoming cheaper and cheaper (especially if you book in advance) and plenty of options to slowly pay your yoga retreat and flights off there really is no excuse to avoid taking the leap and booking your very first overseas yoga retreat this year. If you speak to a travel agent they can help you with your flight needs and get you the best price possible so all you need to do is choose where you want to go, who you want to go with and find the yoga escape that suits you best in that location.
If you’re like me you’ll experience butterflies at the time of booking and securing your deposit and again when you pack your bags to fly out, but don’t let it stop you. That nervous and excited feeling is the best in the world especially when you return with stories and experiences of a lifetime and a full and happy heart.
Take a look at my Luxury SUP Yoga Retreat I’m running in Croatia from 2-9 July 2016 for some extra inspiration, I'd love you to join me!