by Matt Alderton | December 10, 2017
The holiday season is all about indulging. Come January, however, many Americans will be laser-focused on their health -- even when they're traveling. If you're one of them, you might want to take a look at the top wellness travel trends of 2018, as predicted by Local Measure, a location-based social intelligence platform for hospitality and tourism. Here are its predictions:

10. Wearable Tech

Says Local Measure: "Loved by the tech crowd and the fashion crowd, wearable tech has finally become mainstream after a shaky start. Tracking your fitness progress has never been so addictive."
9. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Says Local Measure: "HIIT training involves alternating short, intense exercises like box jumps, burpees, and weighted lunges with less intense recovery periods. It burns a high amount of calories in a short time."
8. Buddha Bowls

Says Local Measure: "These colorful, healthy plant-based bowls of veggies, seeds, and grains artfully arranged into neat sections, were practically designed to show off on Instagram."

7. Wellness Coaching

Says Local Measure: "According to the American College of Sports Medicine's ninth annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends, health and wellness coaching merged as a trend in 2015 and it's not slowing down. Now that people are commonly accessing a range of health specialists, a wellness coach can provide holistic management."

6. Gut Health

Says Local Measure: "Have you been noticing more kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut around these days? That's due to the role of bacteria in gut health, which is linked to everything from Alzheimer's, immunity, mental health, and obesity. A Google Trend Analysis (June 2017) showed 'gut health' as one of the fastest growing search terms when it comes to managing health through food."
5. Silent Retreats

Says Local Measure: "The hardest thing to achieve for many is silence, thereby making it a luxury that people will gladly pay for in the right environment. Silent retreats tie in with mindfulness, meditation, and mental health."

4. Sustainable, Organic Clothing

Says Local Measure: "Fast fashion has been developing a social stigma over the years, while sustainable, organic clothing companies are now becoming more fashionable with brands like Everlane, Nudie Jeans, and Back Label."

3. Sugar Detoxes

Says Local Measure: "If there is one archvillain these days when it comes to food, sugar is it. Authorities on nutrition have even gone so far as to classify it as a drug like caffeine. To top it off, sugar is now also being cited as a leading cause of heart disease."

2. Adaptogens

Says Local Measure: "Adaptogens are powerful substances that boost the body's response to physical and emotional stress. Ginseng, Holy Basil, and reishi mushrooms are a few. Often sold in beautifully packaged jars, they are also being added to coffees and smoothies amongst other things."

1. Hot and Cold Spas

Says Local Measure: "Some like it hot ... and some like it cold. Infrared saunas are one the latest wellness trends on Instagram, while cryotherapy (where you enter a chamber of cooling nitrogen mist) is a craze blowing up with both celebrities and athletes. Local Measure found twice as many sauna mentions at hotel properties in 2017, compared with 2016."

Source: Local Measure