I spent my 35-year career in sales and marketing until last year when I decided to try a new adventure. I embarked upon an examination of what I love to do and how to turn these into a sustainable business enterprise. The passions that rose to the top for me were wellness habits (in order to achieve longevity) and travel. After all, I’m in my 50s and I want to create more wellness habits in my life so I can enjoy my children and grandchildren for many years to come.
The first step in making a wellness travel business happen was to study for the better part of 2019 and become an accredited, full-service travel agency. Done! During that time, I did a lot of research on longevity and why I should develop a business around it. The research provided many reasons why people are taking a keen interest in increasing their longevity. These reasons also inspired me to start my travel agency, Blissful Getaways, to provide wellness retreats for people to learn about, and make part of their daily lives, the longevity secrets of people who live to 100 years or more (centenarians):
For the past 3 years, the average life expectancy in the US is declining.
Companies are losing trillions of dollars in lost productivity, sick days, employee disengagement, and healthcare, related to people’s unwellness habits (i.e. poor nutrition, lack of sleep, minimal exercise, social isolation, and increased stress). These habits are placing an undue burden on our healthcare system.
60+ year olds have doubled since 1980 and are becoming a large percentage of the world’s population. They want to remain self sufficient and life the longest life they can. In order to achieve this, they want to adopt the wellness habits of centenarians.
With COVID and quarantines, people are become more socially isolated, eating more, not able to exercise as much, and are stressed out. There is no better time for them to take a breath and go on a wellness retreat in order to recharge their batteries and do a reset!
All of these reasons were more than enough for me to create a travel agency whose focus was on helping people embrace the longevity secrets of centenarians. And I just might learn a thing or two in the process. A business was born!
Blissful Getaways niche is in developing personalized, wellness retreats for people who want to learn about, and make a daily part of their lives, the longevity secrets of the oldest living people in the world. Our immersive itinerary includes the following areas and the content is delivered by specialists in each area:
A current lifestyle assessment of your lifestyle habits
Longevity nutrition and cooking
Movement and mobility current state and plan for improvement
Creating a life of greater purpose and social connectedness
Sleep and mindfulness practices
Spiritual rituals of yoga and meditation
These wellness retreats take place at luxury resorts over the course of 3 days. The attendees have the opportunity to immerse themselves in all these longevity habits and leave with an action plan to make them part of their daily lifestyle. There will also be follow up retreats to assess how things are going, address any challenges, and measure lifestyle improvement.
The interest in Blissful Getaways has been outstanding! People are very keen to develop healthier lifestyles that position them favorably to life a long life!