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What to ask yourself before booking a wellness vacation 

1. What is the intent or goal of my wellness vacation? Perhaps it's to lose weight? Learn how to make healthier food choices?  Enjoy a bit of "Me Time" to reconnect with Self? Learn how to manage stress?  Give it some thought. What do you really need to maintain, promote or kick-start a healthy lifestyle?

2. How much do I want to spend on this time away? The last thing you want to do is stress over money. Remember you don't necessarily need to travel far from home for a wellness vacation. Depending on where you live and your goal, you may find a suitable wellness vacation destination in your own town or within an easy drive. 

3. Who might be my best wellness vacation companion? Think about someone you simply love to enjoy time with. Significant other? Sister? Girl friends? Perhaps you'd love to meet new like-minded people.  Try to avoid travelling with people who may be a trigger for stress. Instead, look for travel companions who calm you and make you feel good about yourself. 

4. What kind of food do I want?  Since food is the foundation of a wellness lifestyle, and what we eat is something that we have absolute control over - think about what type of food you want on your wellness vacation. Healthy gourmet? Buffet with lots of healthy food options?  Calorie controlled?  Fresh, local, seasonal? You decide.   

5. How do I want to spend my daytime hours?  Getting physical in the great outdoors?  Paticipating in yoga classes and educational sessions? Hanging out at the spa? Enjoying local foodie tours and cultural activities? All of the above?  Or, something else? Your answers will help you trim the list of possible destinations.  

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Wellness Vacations for 2014 

 From yoga to spa, fitness and culinary retreats -  a few wellness vacations that might be of interest.  

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Looking to get your glow on for Valentine's  Day? 

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Now to the end of Feburary, Sanctuary Spas - there are six locations in Southern Ontario - are offering the popular 75-minute Primaluce Brightening Facial for just $75.  The resurfacing treatment is ideal for acneic, pigmented or aging skin. The treatment incorporates AHA’s and PHA’s from sugar cane and citrus to slough dead skin cells. A few of the benefits include smoothing out of fine lines and wrinkles and fading of pigmentation. The treatment also promotes hydration, renews cells and improves texture to help give a more vibrant-looking skin. The offer also includes 20% off any Bioline Homecare product.

Wellness things to do in these top destinations: 

Dallas 

New York City  

San Francisco  

Toronto  

Iceland  

Washington, DC  

Vancouver 

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On our radar 

Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, Ontario is offering Winter Spa-Licious from February 1 to March 31.  Just $72 per person, per night gets you overnight accommodation, a buffet breakfast plus a $25 spa credit.  Good way to beat the winter blahs! 519-942-0145 

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Words to take along on the Journey

There’s no such think as “trying too hard.”  If someone has recently told you “you’re trying too hard,” don’t believe it. If you want something badly enough – a job, a new friend, a new skill, to simply “fit in” – then there is no such thing as “trying too hard.”  Be true to yourself, but if you truly know what you want, then go for it.

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Anne Dimon, Founder/Editor