From work pressures to family obligations and personal challenges, more and more people seem to be facing a measure of stress in their lives. There is no shortage of advice available for people wanting to combat stress but sometimes when you’re in the middle of your hectic routine, it can be hard to know when or where to start with any improvements. That’s one of the reasons why a break away at a retreat or meditation centre can help you beat stress by changing the cycle. Once you’re away from your day to day life, it’s easier to tune into the benefits of everything from fresh air and exercise to healthier food and meditation. This stress awareness month, we take a look at some overseas retreats so you can get away from it all.
Beautiful Bali offers a wealth of retreats
Bali boasts the biggest retreat in Southeast Asia; the Yoga Barn offers a wealth of yoga and meditation classes and attracts dedicated yogis and beginners alike. Retreats such as OMunity Bali and Fivelements promise a more traditional Balinese approach in their holistic retreats, blending the cultural and the spiritual for a chance to get fully immersed in the country. If you’re a solo female traveller, you might be interested in Escape Haven, which offers all-female retreats that blend yoga and meditation with surfing and sunny beaches. Wherever you go in Bali and whichever retreat you choose, you’ll have the chance to really switch off from your stressful life and press the reset button on everything.
New Zealand combines peaceful retreats with breath-taking landscapes
If you’re looking for beautiful surroundings while you get away from everything, then New Zealand can be a good option. The Split Apple Retreat is right in the middle of the famous Abel Tasman National Park. As well as offering yoga, meditation and spa facilities, the retreat offers cooking lessons to revamp your diet with healthier alternatives, the best of the outdoor life with plenty of hikes and sea kayaking on offer and the attraction of the famous little blue penguins right on your doorstep. If you’re looking for something more peaceful, the Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge prides itself on putting tranquillity as the top priority for all guests. Another approach to rise above the stresses of everyday life is a stay in a treehouse at the eco-friendly Hapuku Lodge, which boasts gourmet meals, couples’ massage and a chance to go whale watching as well as spectacular views.
Wellness festival could help you see more of the world
Wanderlust runs wellness festivals and events all across the world. Their festivals combine healthy street food and vibrant music with yoga and meditation. The one-day, 108 triathlons see delegates take part in an alternative version of the triathlon with a focus on mindfulness. The three events are running, yoga and meditation and all take place in a positive, group environment. There are Wanderlust 108 Triathlon events in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, but if you’re looking for a longer festival, you’ll need to travel to the US, where there are several taking place throughout the year. If you’ve had a taste of the triathlon in Oz, then perhaps the next step is to try the same experience in a far-flung location, such as Rome, Paris, Madrid or the endless sunshine of Los Angeles which might help boost those positive vibes. You could try one or even hop from event to event across Europe or the US.
Taking the stress out of international payments
If you are planning to get away from it all to make some changes to your life and health, a currency specialist can help you manage some of the costs. A dedicated personal account manager can offer guidance on the best way to make international payments and you’ll have access to a range of tools including a convenient online account and mobile app. This can help ensure that while you’re planning your retreat from the stresses and strains of modern life, you can relax and know your international payments are in safe hands.