Research suggests that more than half of Australians experience increased difficulty waking on winter mornings and 47 per cent have more of a tendency to overeat. 1 in 300 Australians even experience actual winter depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD).

It is no wonder the team at Health and Fitness Travel observe a spike in healthy holiday planning during the colder months. Winter is traditionally the time when self-care takes a back seat to comfort food, but co-founder Samantha Lippiatt explains, on a wellness retreat, it doesn’t have to be the case. “Winter is the perfect time to nurture your body and reset for the second half of the year and with so many options nearby, it’s never been easier. Asian destinations, including Thailand and Bali, still remain firm favorites, for ease of access and to escape the cold weather, particularly in the Eastern states, though we saw a flurry of bookings from Perth following the recent cold snap.”

Samantha adds, “Just this month, we’ve had a 30 per cent total increase in inquiries and almost doubled our short-term bookings for the coming months. There is a shifting mindset to staying on track with a healthy lifestyle year-round, and spring really is just around the corner”.

If you are thinking of booking a winter getaway, then a healthy holiday might just be in order. Among the top 10 wellness retreats that Health and Fitness Travel suggests for those looking for a much-needed winter escape, REVIVO De-Stress Wellness Resort in Bali, Indonesia, and the Kamalaya Relax & Renew program in Koh Samui, Thailand, are popular choices that offer a wealth of activities that release the effects of chronic stress through a combination of mind training, authentic healing therapies, and holistic fitness activities.