Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of attending several retreats all over the world. Read about them here and here. From Bali to Cancun, I have met a plethora of beautiful people and have had the opportunity to see the world. There are many retreats I could have attended but I was intentional about the ones I chose because of their customer service, the value of their brand, and the destination (including the itinerary). As a person who has many friends but few travel buddies, I had traveled alone to several places in the US but never abroad. It was overwhelming for me to choose a place and then plan what I would do so when I saw retreat offerings, I jumped at the chance to go. I have found all of the retreats through word of mouth and social media. I was sure to do my research prior to committing to attending and I have to say, I have thoroughly enjoyed each experience.
Here are a few things to look forward to when going on a retreat:
You’ll meet new people
Whether it’s having a new roommate or meeting up with a group of people, the connections you will make are remarkable. Some of my newest friends were made from retreats and they have become my travel buddies. My social network has expanded and I have been able to interact with women from all walks of life and we were able to fill each other’s cup. The camaraderie you will experience accelerates the ability to form friendships and get introduced to like-minded people.
Explore a new place with an itinerary planned for you
One of the most difficult things to do when traveling is to come up with what you will do day to day. Retreats typically have a curated itinerary that explores multiple areas of the destination and/or has several events outlined. If you choose right, you may be able to find a retreat that has multiple offerings.
Opportunities for personal development
Retreats are like a one stop shop. You typically get a vacation, cultural immersion, and masterclasses. People ask me why do I attend retreats and this is my number one reason. I added it up and if I saw each speaker individually or attended separate conferences, I would pay much more than the cost of one retreat. To me, it’s worth it!
Affordable payment plan
The cost of attending a retreat can be expensive especially if airfare is not included. Many retreats offer an option to pay in full or by a payment plan which can help budgeting costs. It’s also great because when you show up on the first day of the retreat, the only thing you need to bring with you is spending money as all of the events and food/drink are paid for.
A chance to prioritize self-care
There are different kinds of retreats but my favorite to attend are the ones with a wellness aspect. Being a therapist, I have to find ways to practice #selfcare and prioritize doing the things I love. Retreats offer a way to unplug and be present. A couple tips are to use the spa (if there is one available), take time to journal before the day gets started, and to plan time to be alone.
If you are thinking of attending a retreat or want to branch out into solo travel but aren’t sure where to start, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this post and we can chat. And if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my newsletter where I send out mental wellness tips and share my personal insights.