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4 Self Improvement Vacations That Will Change You

It’s easy for us to get caught up in responsibilities and the daily grind, but sometimes a rejuvenating vacation is just what we need to feel recharged and inspired. For today’s traveler, a getaway means so much more than going to a picture-worthy destination. For some, travel has become a way to improve as a person, whether it be through wellness, self-discovery, adventure or charitable efforts.

So, what does travelling mean to you?

Read on to discover different self-improvement travel styles and why traveling is important and can boost your personal growth.

Solo Travel for the Soul

The best solo travel destinations.

The idea of travelling alone can seem daunting at first, but really is a life-changing adventure that will teach you new things about yourself, new cultures and will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. The best part about solo travel is being able to travel at your own pace. There are many fun ways to get around safely by cruise, tour or at a resort.

One of the best ways to try solo travel for the first time is by cruise. Many cruise brands have noticed the rising trend of travelers exploring the world alone and have prepared accommodations and deals suited for parties of one.

If you’re thinking of embarking on this one-of-a-kind adventure we recommend Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Holland America. Onboard you can find studio staterooms that are perfect for a single guest. They’re comfortable in size and on select ships there are activities specially dedicated to you, so you can meet new people and make new friends.

On select Norwegian cruise ships you can find a private lounge area with amenities like coffee, food, and a bar. This is perfect to start or finish a day of adventure on a good note from the comforts of your ship.

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If you have been dreaming of a specific destination and want to spend extra time there, we recommend doing a tour for a solo travel trip with Contiki or Trafalgar. With these tour companies you’ll have the opportunity to truly explore, learn and understand the culture from the perspective of a native guide. Your tour guide will show you must-see landmarks, hidden gems and when available you can enjoy local experiences like having lunch with a family from your destination, who will be happy to share their culture with you.

If you’re looking to self-reflect, enjoy the calmer side of a vacation and an all-inclusive experience, we recommend trying a resort like Breathless Resorts. This resort is perfect for those who want to relish in a soothing spa treatment, mingle and have fun. Whether you want to unplug and enjoy a fine wine by the pool or celebrate a special occasion like Oktoberfest, Breathless Resorts has something for every type of adult looking for R & R.

With all these travel styles, where should you go? There are so many places to see but here are some solo travel destinations we suggest you start with:

  • Singapore
  • Iceland
  • Hong Kong
  • Switzerland
  • Canada
  • Austria
  • Netherlands

No matter where you choose to go or how you choose to get there, you’ll truly come back new. Seeing the world from a different point of view will refresh your perspective and have you feeling enriched with new sights, sounds, and cultures. Not only may you discover new strengths that you didn’t already know you have, but you’ll learn more about yourself and gain more confidence. Traveling solo is truly an adventure that is enlightening.

For more details on the best deals, tips and advice for single travelers, you can ask your Avoya Travel Experts. Many of them have also embarked on this kind of adventure so they’ll be able to give you the best guidance from planning to going away.

Vacation on the Wild Side

This is adventure travel in Alaska.

If you’re looking to take your vacation experience to the next level, we recommend trying an expedition cruise. Whether you’re traveling in a small group or medium-sized group, this is the kind of getaway for those who enjoy activities like hiking, biking, and kayaking. If you nodded to any of those kind of activities, an expedition cruise may be the right fit for you.

Typically, expedition cruise ships tend to be smaller in size and sail to less-populated destinations. Select cruise lines that offer these types of cruises also offer specialized excursions for you to get a closer look at nature and the surrounding environment.

Celebrity Cruises offers three ships specifically made for expedition cruises. An itinerary with Celebrity Cruises includes exclusive destinations like the Galapagos. Once you’re there you can explore places like the inner loop, Black Turtle Cove or you can hike a volcano. For a change of scenery, you can explore the Chilean Fjords or Kobe, Japan onboard Silversea Cruises expedition ship, the Silversea Explorer.

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If you’re looking for a cooler climate, you can tour the beauty of Alaska with Windstar Cruises through the Windstar Signature Expeditions Program. Satisfy your craving to learn by hearing from the experts onboard. Prepare for a not-so-average excursion, as you’ll be led by expert naturalists, historians, and glaciologists, just to name a few.

With expedition cruises, you don’t have to leave your active lifestyle at home. You can combine your passion for adventure and exploration, while also enjoying nature. With so many options, there are truly no limits to exploring any edge of the world.

Balancing Yourself While Away

Health and wellness travel.

On some vacations, it is common to feel like you need an extra day after to recover, simply because of all the excitement. Not all travel has to feel this way. Many cruise lines and resorts have tailored treatments and programs to create the most blissful vacation imaginable. With technology advancing more and more each day, sometimes disconnecting is the right fix, which is what wellness travel is all about.

If you have been looking to detangle knots, get your blood flowing, take a soothing bath or laugh a little, wellness travel may be the right fit for you. You deserve the chance to relax and what better way than indulging with a spa treatment. Celebrity Cruises has a partnership with Canyon Ranch Spa and offers enriching services like a Deep Tissue Massage and Organic Body Wrap, which are available on select ships.

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If you choose to stay at a resort, Sandals Resorts offers the Red Lane Spa, which features unique services like the Papaya-Pineapple Salt Mousse treatment. Also available at Sandals Resorts are state-of- the-art accommodations like walk-in rainfall showers and tranquility soaking tubs, available at select resorts and suites.

For others, wellness can mean oxygenizing the blood flow. Onboard AmaWaterways, wellness in incorporated throughout. You can participate in the early morning group exercise classes, get a stroll in around the walking track or check out a bike to enjoy sight-seeing at your own pace. With Regent Seven Seas Cruises, there are excursions like Laughing Yoga in Mumbai.

However you enjoy self-care, there’s a wellness vacation for you. For more recommendations, you can ask your Avoya Travel Expert and they’ll be able to find the best travel style and destination for you.

Making an Impact While Traveling

Volunteering abroad on vacation.

If you enjoy giving back to your community, voluntourism is a type of travel that allows you to see the world, while also making a difference. While a week-long vacation may seem like a short amount of time to volunteer, assistance is always appreciated on many levels. You’ll have the opportunity to serve but also come back with a better understanding of the culture and region, which is another great way to immerse in the destination.

Many cruise lines and tour companies make it easy for you to make a difference without having to do the research, as they make sure the organizations they work with are truly supporting the people and destination.

With Trafalgar Tours you can help build local infrastructure in the Ecuadorian Amazon or help with daily activities like planting seeds. Or if you have a passion for wildlife, you can aid with scientific efforts by drawing plankton samples and identifying whale behaviors on Holland America’s: Discover Alaska’s Whales in Juneau excursion.

Also available on select cruise lines is the opportunity to fundraise for great causes, right onboard. With Carnival Cruise Lines, you can Groove for St. Jude, which is a dance party dedicated to raising awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

With any of these positive efforts, a little can go a long way and it can help you develop personally, as you’ll be able become even more knowledgeable about the world around us and in our backyard.

No matter what kind or travel style you choose, there is no right or wrong and any kind of travel is fulfilling in its own way. So, what kind of self-improvement travel will you choose?

You can find the best destinations and deals on cruises, tours and resorts here.

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