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2) Traveling with outdated information.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!

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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. 

Oust Allergies Naturally

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When ever you find yourself in a new environment, either on the road or as the seasons change, it can be a recipe for allergy disaster! New flora and fauna or meeting new animals can have you itching and scratching and sneezing everywhere and that's no way to spend a vacation.

Instead of spending a fortune on over-the-counter drugs, you can find natural remedies in your own kitchen or in a hotel restaurant. For relief, try peppermint tea, whose essential oil acts as a decongestant. Adding a spoonful of honey to a glass of tea or warm water will soothe a sore throat and help to settle coughing. Parsley, often overlooked as a throw-away garnish, is a natural antihistamine and contains wonderful anti-inflammatory agents, which can reduce swelling in your nasal passage and throat. Juicing the herb or steeping it in hot water are preferred ways of consumption. 

THE 5 HEALTHIEST GRANOLA BRANDS

When we start packing our travel snacks, one thing that always makes it into our carry on is granola. Flavorful and easy to eat by itself or in a smoothie, it always makes the cut. Since it's inception we've been loyal to Purely Elizabeth, but here are some other healthy brands that our friends at Well+Good highly recommend: 

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Spotlight: Japan

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

Japan -- The average American spends 87% of their time indoors, which contributes to our high stress levels, lack of vitamin D and depression. In Japan, scientists found this to be a serious problem among their culture too and in 1982 coined the term Shinrin-yoku or as you may have heard it: Forest Bathing. In the past three decades Shinrin-yoku has been studied and confirmed as an effective treatment for both physiological and spiritual rejuvenation. The art of forest bathing requires you to leave your smart phones at home and fully engage all your senses in nature in a mindful way. Smell the trees, hear the crunch of leaves underfoot or sit and watch as the animals come out to play. Anywhere from a few hours to a few days will have positive effects on your health and well-being. Sixty-seven percent of Japan is covered in forests and with trails devoted to Shinrin-yoku, going direct to the source has never been so fun.

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

Changed By Travel: Sarah Morrow

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The world is a big place. Having spent my formative years living in San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, Ojai and Barcelona my passion for global adventure is hardwired. Throughout my life, I’ve been fortunate to continue on that path and experience the mental and physical transformative powers. The world is a big place, and exactly a year ago, mine began to feel very small.

In January of 2015, ten years after graduating from college and several start-up jobs later, I began to feel like I was surviving, but not thriving. I had been working long hours to make other people’s dream a reality and it terrified me to think I could still be sitting at a desk twenty years from now not having realized my own dream - to see, smell, taste and photograph the incredible people and places in this world. Feeling stuck, uninspired and without direction, I knew it was time to go someplace that I’ve never been. This deep-seated longing is from the incredible #changedbytravel moments that I have stored in my memory bank over the years. Now, my wanderlust was back in full force - impossible to ignore.

The desire to fully experience the world comes with blessings and drawbacks. The blessings are easy to count: my first heavenly slurp of noodles in a tiny Tokyo ramen shop, the captivating endless expanse of Bolivia’s salt flats, losing my breathe climbing to the top of Machu Picchu and feeling that peaceful awe as I looked out with the sun rising in front of me. But blessings can be hard to recognize without the drawbacks. Contending with horrific bout of Dengue Fever while on a long windy drive in a chicken bus or having my money and passport swiped in Barcelona are experiences I’d rather not have again. While not all of my travel memories are fond ones, I cherish each and every one of them and know they are an important part of the fabric of my life.

I knew a quick trip wasn’t going to scratch my wanderlust itch. In fact, it felt like so much more was calling me. I needed to get back in touch with my passion and purpose. I felt moved to give up the stability of my life and head back out to explore. While the next steps were crystal clear in my mind, over the next few weeks I still faced self-doubt and shouldered the concern from others about my seemingly impulsive decision. “Running away isn’t going to solve your problems!", "What are you searching for that you can’t find here?”, my friends pleaded. I didn’t know. Yet I knew I had to find out. I needed the freedom and the space the world offered. I truly felt like I was about to jump off a ledge, but my faith in uncertainty allowed me to take the leap.

I chose exhilaration and magic over comfort and predictability and despite the anxiety and fear I trusted a net would appear. Within a few days, I resigned from my job, sublet my cozy apartment and bought a one way plane ticket to Colombia. An open-ended itinerary and long South America bucket list filled me with an intoxicating sense of hope, curiosity and excitement. I hadn’t left San Francisco yet but knew I was already heading in the right direction, mostly because I had no specific goal or destination. One year and eighteen countries later, the world is big but mine now feels more wondrous and expansive. Through it all, I have again been #changedbytravel. - Sarah Morrow