Travel can be really difficult for those of us following a healthy lifestyle.
We are okay in our own homes, cooking our own meals and doing our exercise, but as soon as we are moved to a different location, all of these things become a lot harder.
The people at Marriott Hotel and Resorts are undergoing a total re-vamp of their brand and are keen to bring in some innovative new ideas. They have asked me what I think the future of travel looks like in the area of health and wellbeing.
Well, you know I am not backward in coming forward and I have so many ideas that would make it easier for us to travel and stay healthy and well. My work background has been in several five-star hotels, so I have a bit of a behind-the-scenes experience as well.
So these are a natural, new age mum’s ideas of how I would like travel to look in the future.
♥ Health Food Lovers Mini Bar.
When booking accommodation with a hotel, guests will have an option of requesting a Health Food Lovers Mini Bar for their room. This option will have a range of Australian made, real food, additive-free options for the guest who cares about their health.
A rocking, healthy mini bar would include things like:
COLD DRINKS: Alkalized Water, Coconut Water and Green Smoothies
HOT DRINKS: Organic herbal teas and Organic ground coffee and cacao with a French press
SWEET: Raw chocolate bars, Bliss balls and Chia puddings
SAVOURY: Kale chips, Grass-fed beef jerky and Activated nuts
As well as being able to munch on healthy food in the hotel room, these options will be handy for guests to use as snacks while out and about and on the next leg of their journey.
♥ Natural Toiletries.
Guests will be provided with chemical-free toiletries in their hotel room. An Australian made skin care range using the finest natural ingredients and recyclable, eco-friendly packaging will pamper guests and keep them healthy. As well as the regular soap, shampoo and conditioner, guests would also be indulged with a sachet of aromatherapy bath salts for the ultimate relaxation. A small aromatherapy travel candle will be next to the bed to freshen the guest’s room and help them to relax.
♥ Healthy Body Channel.
To help guests stay fit while travelling, hotels will offer a range of wellness videos available for free via the in-room TV channels. On offer would be a range of options such as yoga, pilates, aerobics and zumba and also guided relaxation and meditation programs. They will be ready to play at any time and enable the guest to exercise and relax in the privacy and comfort of their hotel room.
♥ Chemical Free Cleaning.
To improve guest and employee health, hotels and transport companies will move towards chemical free cleaning. Using natural, plant-based products and essential oils in every day cleaning and laundry, these methods will ensure a healthy, safe travel experience for all.
♥ Care packages.
As part of a hotel’s room service menu, guests will be able to purchase care packages. The packages would feature a range of things the guest might need to feel better or enhance their stay. A first aid package, a cold and flu package, a sleep-well package, a jet lag recovery package, a happy tummy package are just a start! A naturopath can be used to advise on natural remedies and appropriate inclusions.
♥ Water stations.
Airports, train and bus stations and even larger hotels will have a water bottle top up station. For a nominal amount, travellers can fill up their water bottles with fresh, filtered water from a water station. This eco-friendly innovation would be healthier for travellers as they could use stainless or glass bottles and avoid plastic. Transport companies and hotels might like to support this idea by providing their valued guests with a free stainless steel or glass water bottle with their logo!
What do you think? Are these some ideas you would like to see?
I think the future of travel in health and well-being will head towards a more holistic approach. It will be meeting guests needs using natural, healthy concepts and forward thinking, environmentally responsible innovations.
Have you got some ideas too?
Well Marriott Hotels and Resorts want to hear what you think the future of travel will be like. You can win free nights at any Marriott Hotel.
So get your thinking caps on, come up with an awesome idea and submit it here. You can enter in the category of Health and Wellbeing or you might have some ideas for the other categories of Technology, Eat and Drink and Style and Design.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
How do you stay healthy when you travel? Do you find it difficult?