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Solo Travel Tips-How to Pick a Spa- In the middle of the winter when the days just keep getting shorter and the temperature lower, a spa/wellness break makes sense. I recently had the chance for my first real European spa vacation. In the past, I opted for seeing a new country and having an adventure abroad between Christmas and New Year’s. One year, I went to Brazil to journey upriver on the Amazon. The next year I found myself on a Mekong Delta cruise in time to toast the New Year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (The latter was especially memorable: Earlier that day I had strolled down the main avenue overlooking the river and regaling in the bright sunshine. It was then that I felt a bump against my right leg. When I looked up, I saw that a car had leisurely back into me and was then on its way! Luckily, there was no real injury, but it did seem surreal.)
After a really busy year, I was ready for a different kind of trip so a 5-star spa fit the bill. The chief difference from the usual jaunt abroad? Staying at a spa for a wellness break is more about being than doing. For me, it meant shifting gears from the daily grind of working harder and smarter while checking emails and texts all day long. Even if there is Wi-Fi available, I recommend setting a few times a day for emails, and then it’s time to disengage. If that thought is too challenging, you know you really are ready for a wellness break!
Solo Travel Tips-How to Pick a Spa:
Before you book your own trip though, answer these questions.
Do you have a goal in mind for your stay, such as weight loss and/or receiving a new nutritional plan?
Are you seeking an active program, i.e., working with a trainer, having scheduled workouts or yoga sessions?
Are you looking for a destination with active night life?
Is your plan to combine your spa stay with local sightseeing?
Are you looking to splurge at a 5-star luxury spa or have an economy package where you choose a la carte and only pay for what you use?
What physical restrictions or mobility issues do you have?
Are you looking for a women-only retreat?
If you are the only solo traveler, will you feel uncomfortable?
Some selected examples:
(In addition to our luxury recommendations from North Africa to Eastern Europe, check out our bargain option in exotic Zanzibar in the Dhow Palace .)
- Vietnam: 4-Star SE Asia Spa
- Romania: 5-Star Spa with Bargain Rates
- Germany: Bavaria for Combined Golf and Spa
- Argentina: Combination Spa and Ski Vacation
- Morocco: 5-Star Golf and Spa
- Portugal: Luxury 5-Star Golf and Spa in a Palace Hotel
- Bulgaria: Eastern European Spa-Sofia
- Czech Republic: Elegant Castle Hotel Spa at Solo Rates
- Finland: A True Nordic Spa
- Czech Republic: Classic Film’s Grandhotel Pupp Spa
For more options, go to our solo search engine, the SoloTravelPricingTracker.