It shouldn’t be a surprise that investing in your well-being is a worthwhile cause. Good health not only makes you happier, but it can also extend your life, strengthen your relationships, increase your productivity… and it just feels good! πŸ₯° While we believe that small, positive changes in your daily life can make the biggest impact on your overall wellness, changing up your routine with a wellness getaway could be just the break you need! We’ve rounded up our top 15 wellness getaways to visit this year for some serious self-care. ✨

Photo: Fernanda in Cabo San Lucas for Flytographer. Brad and Garrett capture memories at their hotel in Cabo with a couple photoshoot.

Beach Getaway

Trade your white noise machine for the real thing with a beach vacation, where the gentle sounds of the ocean and the rejuvenating sea air provide the perfect foundation for relaxing time away. It’s no surprise that coastal destinations are filled with an array of spa resorts to meet your every need, so if the beach is calling, these destinations are ready to answer. πŸ“ž

1. Kauai, Hawaii

With the nearest landmass over 2,000 miles away, the Hawaiian Islands are the perfect remote destination for a weeklong retreat far away from the daily stresses and worries of home. Spa services such as massages, body wraps, facials and more could easily fill your itinerary (with a Mai Tai in hand, of course 🍹), or opt for sandy sunrise strolls, remote hikes and secluded beaches. 🌊

Photo: Flytographer in Kauai. Amy and their partner capture memories in Kauai with a couple photoshoot.

2. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

While the lively nightlife and bustling city usually come to mind when thinking of Cabo, there are a variety of wellness resorts with calming oceanfront views, intimate beaches and mouth-watering local cuisine to fuel your week of rejuvenation. Mexico offers perfect destinations for a balance of convenient city amenities and secluded spots to unwind. πŸ–

Photo: Fernanda in Cabo San Lucas for Flytographer. Parita and their family capture memories on the beach in Cabo with a family photoshoot.

3. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Escape to the lush island of Puerto Rico to deeply connect with your mind, body and nature. β˜€οΈ Start your morning with your toes in the crystal blue ocean water, your afternoon exploring the rainforest in search of waterfalls, and your evening catching a breathtaking sunset at one of San Juan’s photo spots. Whether you make your home base in the capital city of San Juan or opt for more isolated accommodations, Puerto Rico has something for everyone.

Photo: Jafet in San Juan for Flytographer. Tami captures memories in San Juan, Puerto Rico with a Modern Headshot photoshoot with a friend.

Digital Detox

Prepare to leave your laptop at home, set your OOO, delete Slack and go full “airplane mode” for a digital detox. 🀳 While technology has many benefits, the average American spends over 7 hours a day looking at a screen, and we can’t deny that a true break from the digital world is likely overdue. Here are a few destinations perfect for a tech-free vacation.

4. Sedona, Arizona

Red rocks, starry skies and the famed Sedona vortexes, which are thought to be centers of energy conducive to healing and meditation, make this unique city a popular destination for a detox from everyday life. 🌌 Take an easy day trip from Sedona to soak in natural hot springs, sweat out stress in a sauna, and enjoy breathtaking natural views of the vast Arizona landscape.

Photo: Whitney in Sedona for Flytographer. Whitney and their partner capture memories in Sedona on their babymoon with a maternity photoshoot.

5. Santorini, Greece

“Mediterranean” is practically synonymous with “a place to forget your worries” in our dictionary, and in the heart of the southern Aegean Sea lies the gem of Santorini. If you’re ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Four Seasons Mansion is a 130-year-old complex of cave houses and a (surprise!) mansion on the property of an old winery tucked away in the traditional village of Vothonas. However, even if a stay in a mansion isn’t quite in the budget, take a page out of their book and opt for accommodations in a less-touristy village, like Pyrgos. Don’t be afraid to leave your phone behind and get lost – you never know what you’ll discover! πŸ—Ί

Photo: Spyros in Santorini for Flytographer. Rebecca and their partner celebrate their honeymoon in Santorini with a couple photoshoot.

6. Moorea

For those who want to feel a world away, Moorea trades mega-resorts for overwater bungalows, jumbo jets for propeller planes, and walls for open-air everything! πŸŒ„ Holistic wellness is an approach to health that considers how the mind, body and spirit work together, and this remote island is the perfect destination to be intentional about all three. Breathing in the fresh island air for the body, the chance to unplug for the mind, and yoga practice and meditation for the spirit.Β 

Photo: Steve in Moorea for Flytographer. Sidrah and their partner celebrate their anniversary in Moorea with a couple photoshoot.

Urban Oasis

While a remote island retreat is certainly heaven on earth, the amenities and convenience of the big city can also offer the opportunity to focus on personal wellness. Consider these urban oases for your next vacation. πŸ™

7. New York City

Over 3,000 commercial flights pass through New York City every day, making it a convenient and easy destination to reach for many. πŸ—½ If you don’t have time for a weeklong escape, even a three-night stay in the city offers plenty of opportunities to refocus and recenter. Fitness is the perfect way to energize your body and mind, but consider trading traditional yoga, pilates and spin classes for something more unique. Indoor “surfing” πŸ„β€β™€οΈ, sword fighting, and trampoline classes are just a few sweat-inducing ways to spark your creativity and get your heart pumping.Β 

Photo: Lauren in New York City for Flytographer. Caitlin captures memories in NYC with a Modern Headshot photoshoot.

8. Dubai, UAE

You don’t have to wait for Treat Yo’ Self Day (thanks Parks and Recreation!) for pampering, indulging and celebrating yourself. πŸ›€ Dubai is a world-renowned destination for luxury treatment, so this is the place to luxuriate in daily spa treatments, detox from daily life and always say yes to an upgrade. But there are a few Dubai tips & tricks you should know before going to make your first trip to the Emirates a success for your whole crew!

Photo: Akemi in Dubai for Flytographer. Cam and their partner capture memories in Dubai with a couple photoshoot.

9. San Diego, California

Southern California effortlessly blends laid-back beachside living with the perks of city life. A year-round mild climate means any time is a good time to take a trip south. You’ll find biking 🚲 along the coast, catching nightly sunsets from one of the top San Diego photo spots, and exploring miles of pristine, white-sand beaches on your itinerary any month of the year. It’s also a perfect family destination, with plenty of attractions for all ages. Just don’t forget to schedule in some “me” time!Β 

Photo: Martina M. in San Diego for Flytographer. Siulin and their family capture memories in San Diego with a family photoshoot.

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Mountain Escape

Towering mountains have the unique capacity to remind us just how small we truly are. Immerse yourself in the rugged landscape of the great outdoors for a wellness experience like no other. Here are a few of our favourite destinations for a mountain escape. πŸ”

10. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Don your cowboy hat, leave your fancy clothes behind, and head to the last of the “Old West.” 🀠 If an upscale spa treatment isn’t your preferred form of self-care, opt for a day immersed in the untouched nature of the nearby Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Thrill-seeking skiers, hikers and bikers can traverse the infamously steep and winding slopes. After visiting Jackson Hole’s top photo spots, you’ll leave feeling connected to yourself and the raw natural beauty of the earth.

Photo: Peter in Jackson Hole for Flytographer. Polly and their partner capture memories in Jackson Hole on a couple photoshoot.

11. Salento, Colombia

Nestled in the heart of coffee country, Salento may be a small town but it’s certainly not lacking in personality. β˜•οΈ Explore the Cocora Valley, indulge in coffee tastings, try horseback riding and wander the charming, winding streets for an authentic experience. The contrast of the vibrantly coloured buildings against a backdrop of lush greenery and mountains is a picture-perfect location for a retreat.

Photo: Juan A. in Salento for Flytographer. Aly and their partner celebrate their anniversary in Salento with a couple photoshoot.

12. Banff, Canada

Cozying up in front of the roaring fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa is truly medicine for the soul. In the heart of the Canadian Rockies lies Banff National Park, an otherworldly destination all year long. From snow-covered winters to green summers and golden-hued falls, scenic drives to a few of Banff’s best photo spots are a treat for the eyes. πŸš™ Try a polar plunge in one of the glacial turquoise lakes if you’re feeling brave!

Photo: Robin in Banff for Flytographer. Jonathan and their partner celebrate their engagement in Banff with a surprise proposal photoshoot.

Yoga Retreat

We can’t think of a more classic way to refresh and reboot than with a yoga retreat. Take a break from your local studio to flow in one of these incredible destinations. πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ

13. Bali, Indonesia

Bali is the quintessential location for the spiritually-minded, where the paddy fields, ancient temples and abundant rainforests create a calming atmosphere for yoga classes. From breathwork to sound healing, a yoga retreat can transform your state of mind and rejuvenate your soul. Fuel your body with fresh fruit and veggies, smoothie bowls, and mouthwatering Balinese food. 🌴

Photo: Bayu in Bali for Flytographer. Heather and their partner capture memories on their Honeymoon in Bali with a couple photoshoot.

14. Tuscany, Italy

While yoga might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Italy, we would argue that yoga with a side of wine under the Tuscan sun could be the game-changer for your next retreat. 🍷 Pair your practice with cooking classes, meditation classes and perhaps a day trip into Florence for the best Italian getaway yet.

Photo: Flytographer in Tuscany. Nikki and their partner capture memories in Tuscany with a couple photoshoot.

15. Siesta Key, Florida

The Florida Keys are a string of tropical islands stretching 120 miles from the tip of Florida, ending with the quirky town of Siesta Key. Spend your days kayaking and snorkeling in crystal clear waters (and don’t forget to wave if you see a friendly manatee!). 🀿 Adventure via boat to the remote underwater wonderland at Dry Tortugas National Park, and end your day with daily yoga on the beach or even test your balance with paddleboard yoga.

Photo: Tami in St. Petersburg for Flytographer. Elizabeth and their family capture memories in St. Petersburg on a family photoshoot.

Capturing memories away from home in 2022

While you’re positively glowing from self-care, capture the magic of your getaway with a Flytographer shoot. Our local photographers can’t wait to meet you! πŸ“Έ