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Travel in the New Normal: Consider a Wellness River Cruise

Traveling in the new normal has quickly become a major question. No one is exactly sure how it will look. There have been many surveys to help suppliers understand the mood of the traveler. It seems they can be quite finicky. The consensus is that travelers are willing to travel, but need to know that they will stay healthy and safe. “The question is when travelers will most feel confident to take the next step,” comments Marina Foy, travel advisor and owner of Pampered Journeys, based in Myrtle Beach.

Travelers have sheltered in their homes for several weeks and everyone is looking forward to traveling again. Traveling is freeing and allows us to be vulnerable. Some travel to explore and have new cultural experiences, to build bonds and memories or just to relax and leave the
chaos behind.

Foy notes, “One of the most popular types of travel is river cruising, especially a European river cruise. Once thought of like a trip for grandma, river cruising has shed the stigma. It continues to create curiosity with all age groups because of the variety of activities it offers.” While river cruises are available in the U.S., cruising overseas is much more popular than stateside. Additionally, incorporating wellness into a European river cruise has become pretty standard
according to Foy.

“Wellness theme travel has been increasingly growing. In the new normal, we will see more travelers wanting to incorporate wellness. Travelers don’t want to sacrifice their health to have a good time. The ships are small and typically carry no more than 180 people. The service on most is above and beyond because of the size.” Foy believes these ships will easily be able to meet most health guidelines amid the ongoing coronavirus concerns.

There are opportunities to join various fitness groups on board, anything from stretching, cardio to dance. Some ships have wellness ambassadors that’ll take small groups on excursions with
a focus on hiking or biking as well as a variety of wellness activities that include a tea ceremony, yoga, meditation and tai chi. Onboard wellness amenities can include a fitness room, bicycles, whirlpool, swimming pool, walking tracks and hydration stations.

“When you are daydreaming about your new normal for travel be sure to include a river cruise. It is a very relaxed way to have a unique cultural experience, build strong connections and create  memories that will last a lifetime. And the entire trip only requires unpacking once.”

For more information about booking a river cruise or any other travel planning needs, call Foy at 843-400-4434 or visit Don’t forget to mention Natural Awakenings when contacting her.