In a relationship? Now's the best time to travel.

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We travel for a living so we know the benefits it brings to our own relationship. Brit+CO recently published this great article with input from relationship counselor Rebecca Nilson on the benefits of traveling without your partner.

1. You fall back in love with yourself. “It’s important people maintain their identity in a relationship. You come together as one, but for a healthy, long-term relationship, it’s important to have your own hobby. This could mean traveling and being apart.”

2. You learn how to appreciate new experiences and communicate them. “Learning to communicate is a skill… we practice it, we make mistakes, we hopefully learn and then do it better next time. This is critical in long-distance relationships.”

3. Your relationship is tested. “As with any healthy relationship, I think three components must be there: trust, loyalty and commitment. Good things take work, maintenance. Especially relationships. It takes two and both people must be willing to commit.”

4. You go beyond hookups. “Each day, choose that person. Let them know you still choose them, each and every day. If you find yourself in a committed relationship that brings your partner far away for some time, it takes effort, but it is often worth it.”

5. You learn how to keep the romance alive. “In this day and age, it’s easy to stay connected. To send a ‘thinking of you’ message, we have FaceTime and Skype. You can still have dates if one person is traveling overseas for a week, a month or even a year.”

Read the full article on the Brit+CO website.

Get Wet Baby

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A soak does a body good. We've been raving about the curative powers of baths ever since we wrote about our first visit to Aire Ancient Baths in 2013. Now our friends at Goop have put together some awesome information on The Bath-Based Detox.

"While it’s not news that baths—particularly when conducted in gorgeous tubs—are relaxing, most of America never takes them. Showers are faster, less drying to skin, and dramatically more water-efficient; the American Institute of Architects reports that bigger showers, not bigger tubs, have become the bathroom renovation of choice; realtors say home buyers request them more often now, too." 

Click to read the full article on the Goop site.

Tokyo | Japan

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Our latest scouting trip to Tokyo gave us a glimpse into this futurist city and demystified many of our assumptions about Japan. Yes there are robots! No they are not flying around the streets! Expensive taxi rides and $10 cups of coffee can break any budget if you're not careful, yet with the country being super safe, there's no reason to spend any time in your hotel room. Take the expansive metro system to visit older neighborhoods or just walk the streets for some of the best people watching and window shopping around. Check out the gallery of our latest wellness travel finds. 

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Your Posture is Affecting Your Physical + Mental Health

PRAVASSA IN COSTA RICA | PHOTO BY RENEE CHOI

PRAVASSA IN COSTA RICA | PHOTO BY RENEE CHOI

There are an endless amount of good things we should be doing for our health. Eating clean, going to the gym, taking supplements, not watching Netflix late into the night, etc. And truth be told, a lot of these healthy habits take a lot of effort. Luckily, we can think of one change you can make that requires practically no effort at all: It’s time to improve your posture! You may think your bad posture is only affecting how tall you appear, but the scary truth is that it can affect both your physical and mental health. Depression, muscle fatigue, stress level and confidence all come into play when our posture is poor. But there's hope! 

Read the complete article and get tips on how to make improvements starting now from The Everygirl team.

CHILL REFLEXOLOGY | BALI

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This modern spa in the expat haven of Seminyak is located just off the main drag. Streamlined in its design of all white and natural wood, the 10 chaise lounge chairs fit comfortably in the small, but well laid out space. The 4 treatment options at Chill makes it easy to decide how you want to spend your time and a welcome foot wash and cup of tea helps you start the relaxation process right away.

Let a skilled therapist usher you into deep relaxation as they focus on rubbing your tired feet and ankles (perfect after a day of sightseeing and shopping). You'll be given a towel and an iPod, preloaded with perfect zen-like music to drift off to. If you've never booked a spa appointment for just your feet, what are you waiting for? It is pure heaven to have your feet rubbed and acupressure points pushed. You'll be hard pressed to find another spa in Seminyak that offers these kinds of treatments for this kind of price. 

COST: $17/ The Classic                                            LENGTH: 60 MINUTES

7 travel mistakes made in Europe + how to avoid them

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Mistake while traveling are impossible to avoid, but they are only meaningful if you can learn from them. We've made our fair share, but this list from Rick Steves' is an important reminder of what to remember before you hit the road. Here's what he has to say:

1) Saving money at the expense of time. People focus on saving money while forgetting that their time is an equally valuable and limited resource. It’s worth paying for museum admission rather than going on a free day and suffering through slow lines and crowds. If a taxi costs you and your partner $5 more than two bus tickets, it’s worth the 20 minutes saved. If ever time was money, it’s when you’re trying to get the most out of traveling abroad.

2) Traveling with outdated information. A guidebook can head off both costly mistakes (getting fined for not validating your train ticket) and simple faux pas (ordering cappuccino with your pasta in Italy). A good guidebook can also save time, keeping you from visiting a museum that’s closed for renovation, waiting for a bus that no longer runs, and…

3) Waiting in line, needlessly. Crowds are unavoidable at big attractions — but what is avoidable is standing in line for hours to buy tickets. These days, most popular sights sell advance tickets that guarantee admission at a certain time (often with a small booking fee that’s well worth it). While hundreds of tourists are sweating in long lines, those who’ve booked ahead can show up at their reserved time and breeze right in.

4) Not being alert to scammers and thieves. You’re not going to get knifed or mugged in Europe. But if you’re not on the ball, you could get conned, whether it’s a cabbie padding your fare, a waiter offering a special with a “special” increased price, or a beggar with beautiful eyes, beautiful children, and sad stories asking for a euro — and stealing your wallet. Be cautious, and be alert. And watch for thieves, who work the lines at crowded sights and on the bus lines handiest for tourists. 

5) Never leaving the tourist zone. Many people jockey themselves into the most crowded spot of the most crowded city — and then complain about the crowds. Likewise, they eat dinner on the most touristy street at the most high-profile restaurant with the most aggressive sales pitch, then are upset by the big bill and disappointing food. You’ll enrich your trip by wandering the back streets, away from the main tourist area.

6) Never leaving your comfort zone. A fundamental goal in my travels is to have meaningful contact with local people. Connecting with people is what enlivens your travel experience. And for many of us, that means getting out of our comfort zones.

7) Letting mistakes ruin your trip. Many tourists get indignant when they make a mistake or get ripped off. When something happens, it’s best to get over it. The joy of travel is not the sights and not necessarily doing it right — it’s having fun with the process, being wonder-struck with a wider world, laughing through the mistakes and learning from them, and making friends along the way.

Want to make it even easier on yourself and be guaranteed avoid #1 - #7 next time? Travel with Pravassa to Spain in September and we'll show you a great time without any issues at all!

To read the full original article, please visit here.

Spring Clean Your Diet

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Seasonal change often bring about renewed energy and the urge to purge all signs of winter hibernation. This year, commit to spring cleaning your diet and dial back the sugar to feel lighter throughout the season. Sugar is the leading cause for concern in the modern American diet (averaging 126g a day!) and is the traceable origin of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Refined sugar found in sodas, candy, and desserts are the obvious culprits, but often it hides in foods that don’t appear sweet like breads, pastas and cereals. Scant in nutritional value, sugar can lead to hormonal imbalance, mood swings, unhealthy skin and spikes in blood sugar levels that trigger intense energy crashes. 

To curb sweet tooth syndrome, Dr. Michael Feigin suggests weaning from sugar slowly to avoid headaches, fatigue and lack of focus. Aim for eliminating one sugary drink, snack or meal a day. Replace your chocolate bar with a bowl of naturally sugared juicy strawberries, or kick your daily vanilla latte for a creamy avocado smoothie. With endless options for fresh, in-season produce, ‘tis the season for healthy eating. As energy levels soar, skin glows and weight falls by the wayside, your saccharine cravings will slowly fade and you may find that you don’t miss them one bit.

26 Amazing Temples Around the World

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Whenever we hit Asia it's on our to do list to see temples, temples and more temples. The history and cultural significance of these beautiful places have provided us many #changebytravel moments over the years. Afar Magazine just did a round up of 26 Amazing Temples Around the World and we can arrange private guides to 18 of them!

Want to experience these beauties yourself? Request a customWELL itinerary from us. 

Spotlight: Colombia

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Pravassa founder & Wellness Travel Expert, Linden Schaffer, highlighted 3 places to go in her most recent Huffington Post article. Below we feature Colombia

Colombia -- If you binged watched Narcos this summer you may have noticed the series takes place in the '70s and '80s. Twenty plus years later, Colombia is flourishing and the tourism industry is just ramping up. While the country continues to struggle to overcome its negative PR image, now is the time to soak up the sun on the Caribbean coast, trek through the parks to discover ancient ruins or hook up with an NGO that focuses on sustainability before the world rediscovers this gem. From local vegan dishes in one of Cartagena's fanciest restaurants to the country's first adults only wellness resort, this South American country wants you to consider it's mountains, beaches and forests as your new wellness destination. One of my favorite experiential wellness tours can be found with Experiencia Cafetera, a small team who is bridging the gap between responsible commerce and tourism. Spend some time with them on the coffee farms to learn about the cultural significance of the industry, sustainable production and the fair trade practices they advocate for. You'll leave with a better understanding of what it takes to wake you up in the morning.

Want to experience Colombia yourself? Request a customWELL itinerary from us.