Wellness travel isn’t only about holidays spent being pampered at fancy spas or spent in silence at a yoga retreat. Wellness travel means travelling in a way that makes you feel more fulfilled, connected, joyful, and gives you a stronger sense of purpose. Sometimes wellness travel does means spas, relaxing hotels, and yoga or meditation retreats. It’s all about finding balance and what makes you feel good!
As you explore Wellbeing Wherever, you’ll find helpful guides and information about…
- Taking care of your mind, body, and spirit
- Exploring places to find hidden gems and local experiences instead of only focusing on the touristy sites and experiences
- Empowering people with chronic illnesses and disabilities to travel in a way that supports our health
- Empowering teachers to use our holidays to travel and explore the world
- Supporting sustainable and local businesses
- Volunteering your time or expertise to help out around the world in an ethical way
My family frequently went to the USA when I was a child, but we never really travelled anywhere beyond the route to Florida and back or to some campsites in Michigan. When I was 14, I bailed on a school ski trip to Quebec in favour of a two-week exchange trip to France by telling my teacher I would get homesick in Quebec but wouldn’t in France because I knew I couldn’t just have my parents come to pick me up. I was desperate to see more of the world and thankfully my excuse worked. I was able to go to Spain on that trip with the family I was staying with and then the next year, my family went on a Caribbean cruise. My lust for seeing the world became insatiable.
I’ve now been on three cruises and have travelled to 25 countries and six continents doing a mix of volunteering, working, ancestry researching, visiting friends, and pure travelling and I always have a few plans for trips percolating in my mind.
In 2017, I sustained two concussions that left me with some permanent cognitive impairments. This impacts my daily life and also my travel plans.
I refuse to let them keep me from seeing the world and experiencing things, but I also need to be more acutely aware of the risks and the potential triggers that may cause side effects and symptoms for me. I also need to make sure I take time for myself to rest and reset so I can thrive and enjoy life.
As a teacher, I know how quickly burnout can occur when we aren’t taking time for ourselves and as someone living with persistent concussion symptoms, I know how vital self-care is to recovery and to making it through each day.
I also understand how lost and isolating both teaching and PCS can feel. I want to help others who have the desire to travel but feel confined by their current situation to become confident in their ability to explore and to live life to the fullest by improving their overall wellbeing.
I believe that travel can be life-changing. As a traveller, we have the opportunity to impact – and be impacted by – the places we visit. We can become better versions of ourselves and gain a better understanding of the world.
Places I’ve Been
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- St. Lucia
- Northern Ireland
A Bit More Personal
I’m a high school teacher with a penchant for history, culture, and escapism. I am a Potterhead and Jane Austen fan and I enjoy both romantic comedies and action movies. Historical dramas are my go-to when I am in the mood to watch something on TV.
I’m an Introverted extrovert and prefer spending time one-on-one or in small groups rather than larger gatherings, but I love doing things with people rather than solo most of the time. My enneagram type is 7 and I am an ENFJ on the Meyers Briggs assessment.
Perhaps because of this, I am in a constant inner battle between wanting to be a digital nomad and establishing roots. I never really feel settled, but as Jake Perry says in the movie Sweet Home Alabama, “You can have roots and wings” and I think I’m slowly figuring out how to have both.
I try to always see the silver lining or the lesson I can learn from life’s situations. It’s not to say I don’t get discouraged about things sometimes, but I try to stay positive and be a beacon of light for those around me – which now includes you!
I hope that this blog inspires you to discover what optimal wellbeing is for you and to find your own travel style and explore the world on your own terms whether that’s locally or abroad. You are unique and your trips, whether short or long, whether low-key or grandiose, do not need to be a copycat of anyone else’s.