Fitness, wellness, and health retreats are one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry. According to the Global Wellness Institute, health-related tourism grew from $563 billion in 2015 to $639 billion in 2017 with people taking 139 million more trips, and is forecasted to become a $919 billion market by 2022. In the United States alone, wellness tourism accounts for $242 billion in annual spending. That means every adult in the US spends $960 a year on health-related travel, on average. This is in keeping with the ever-expanding size of the global wellness industry, which ballooned from $3.4 to $4.2 trillion by the end of 2018.
Initially, a lot of wellness-focused travel merely involved staying at hotels that had luxury spas. Then yoga retreats became the next big thing. More recently, digital detox (or unplugged) vacations have taken off. These involve travelers checking in their phones, tablets, and computers at the door of high-end lodges so they can benefit from disconnecting for a few days.
With thousands of different options in places across the globe – from those run by multinational conglomerates like Hilton in major cities to one offs in far-flung, off-the-grid locales – it can be hard to choose the right one. While we can’t speak for the others, we’ve had hundreds of people tell us that they were so glad they selected an XPT Experience. Whether it’s at the home of our co-founders Gabby Reece and Laird Hamilton in Kauai or Malibu, on the beach in Miami, or at one of our other hand-picked locations, attendees travel to a beautiful oceanside location for a restorative, yet highly challenging, three days that’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Soon after arrival, guests begin a comprehensive curriculum designed by Laird and Gabby, XPT performance director PJ Nestler, and world class advisors like Patrick McKeown, Dr. Kelly Starrett, and Dr. Andy Galpin. This is founded on the three pillars of the XPT lifestyle: Breathe, Move, and Recover, and includes pool, gym, and beach training, contrast therapy (a combination of heat exposure in a sauna and cold water immersion in an ice bath), breath work, paddling, mobility, and much more. In addition to Gabby, Laird, PJ, and our advisors leading sessions, we also bring in some of the best coaches to share their expertise, such as Jen Widerstrom, Brett Bartholomew, and Kenny Kane.
The result is an experience unlike any other health/wellness retreat you’ve ever been to. Rather than just simply being an isolated one-off, you’ll have acquired a versatile toolset that you can pull from to meet your performance goals and daily challenges. Rather than ending when you leave, the XPT Experience will become the starting point of profound whole-life change. In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear reveals the power of social facilitation in creating new and beneficial habits.
“Immersing yourself in a group of people who are living the life you want to lead is vital,” said XPT performance director PJ Nestler. “You’ll become part of such a group at an XPT Experience and can then go home and find your own tribe who will support and encourage you. Facing challenges together helps us open up new avenues for learning and inspires us to go further than we previously thought possible. And an XPT Experience is the catalyst.”
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