We are all more aware of our vulnerability now that we have lived through a pandemic for more than two years. While many people love to travel to escape the stress and strain of everyday life, others are beginning to travel to extend their lives.
Some travellers have begun to travel to the Blue Zones, which are regions where people live longer than average.
These zones can be found in:
- Costa Rica
Experts have identified these regions as the areas where people live longest. The average UK life expectancy is 83.6 for women and 79.9 for men. However, these Blue Zones have people living to at least 90 years.
What is the secret to a long, healthy life?
Many similarities were discovered in the lifestyles of Blue Zone residents.
They opted to exercise at home instead of going to the gym.
Moderate amounts of wine are also enjoyed with friends and during mealtimes.
American explorer, National Geographic fellow, and author of The Blue Zones book Dan Buettner noticed that those who lived in these areas didn’t automatically become centenarians simply because they had better genes. It was actually because they had better lifestyles.
They were able to connect with their families and have strong traditions. Buettner says, “If you want your life to be longer and more healthy, don’t change your behavior. That will never work long-term.”
Longevity tourism is on the rise
Blue Zones will not be for everyone. However, it is important to visit these areas to gain knowledge. Blue Zones will be a hotbed for “longevity tourism” in the future as we search out tips and clues to prolong our lives.
The Halekulani hotel in Okinawa has begun offering ‘Secrets of Longevity” retreats. It is located on the sub-tropical Japanese Island of Okinawa. There are 35 centenarians per 100,000 residents, five times more than Japan’s average life expectancy (87.4). These trips include shopping at the local market for native ingredients and visiting the first deep-sea water hot spa in the world.
In Puglia (near Sardinia), the luxury hotel BorgoEgnazia sells Blue Zone-inspired “Longevity Programs” that include cooking lessons, outdoor movement classes, and meal plans.
Visitors can book into a retreat on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, where they can eat fresh fish, surf and ride horses.
Blue Zone Explorers also have the option to travel to Ikaria, a small island in Greece. Here they can eat in relaxed tavernas or swim in the turquoise water.
Although it might be more difficult to get into California’s Blue Zone, Loma Linda which is home to Seventh-day Adventists in the community, there are many incredible wellness retreats available.
This could be the travel trend that we all need as we work through the challenges of this pandemic.